SCHOOL HEALTH PROCEDURES

Cathy Blalock, Health Technician, (858) 748-1320 ext 2202.

STUDENT HEALTH: Pomerado has a Health Attendant to take care of first aid and emergencies. In case of student illness at school, the health attendant will notify parents or the emergency contact listed on the enrollment form. No registered nursing services are provided at the school on a daily basis.

KEEPING EVERYONE HEALTHY: Please remember that PUSD Guidelines state that your child must be fever- and vomit-free for 24 hours before returning to school. Students with Upper Respiratory Infections common symptoms: persistent nasal discharge that is purulent or discolored, productive cough, excessive coughing or appears to be too ill or uncomfortable to adequately function in classroom setting should stay home until no symptoms for 24 hours or a written medical release is obtained.

All NEW students, Kindergarten and 1st graders are all required by state law to have on file an Oral Health Assessment and Physical/up to date immunizations for entrance to a California Public School. If you have any questions about these forms please feel free to call me. I will get you the information and assist in whatever I can.

MEDICATION: Medication at school MUST have a Doctor Signature. Please do not send your child to school with medication. If they need to recieve anything including over the counter medications it is required by law to have doctor and parent signed Authorization to Administer Medication. This ihealthsafety/03 - H-26 Authorization for Medication.pdfs for the safety of the students. For any questions regarding this policy please call me to answer your questions. Some medication would be : Motrin, Tylenol, Albuterol, Inhalers of all types, Eye drops, Nose sprays, antibiotic ointments, Antibiotics(needed during the school day), Benadryl,etc. Click here for Medication Procedures Outlined.

Sunscreen, cough drops, lip balm and Vaseline, etc, must have a note from the parent on file and will also be monitored by the school personnel.

Whooping Cough/Pertussis The entire state is currently experiencing an epidemic of whooping Whooping Coughcough cases which is the common name for pertussis. Whooping cough is a bacterial respiratory illness characterized by severe spasms of coughing that can last for several weeks or even for months. Whooping cough is usually spread from person-to-person through close contact with respiratory droplets released when a person coughs or sneezes. Whooping cough, which gets its name from the noise children make when they gasp for breath between violent coughs, can be deadly in infants under the age of 12 months. It is usually just an annoying illness in older children and adults, although it can turn into bronchitis or other lung infections.

The best way to prevent the disease is with vaccination. Infants begin receiving this vaccine at two months of age. By the time children reach young adulthood, they no longer have the immunity and require a booster. A vaccine for older children and adults became available in 2005. Parents can protect their infants and children by checking with their health care provider to make sure that all family members’ immunizations are up to date. For the most recent local information or local immunization clinics please go to the County of San Diego Public Health Department’s Immunization website at www.sdiz.org | MORE ABOUT PERTUSSIS (Whooping Cough)

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