Lucia Mar Unified School District employs nine school nurses who serve our more than 10,500 students. The goal of the nursing team is to recognize and reduce any health barriers to student learning, decrease absenteeism, and promote optimal student health and safety.
Sick Child At Home
How do I make my child feel better?
- Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and put limits on TV watching
- Encourage fluids; like water, soup, juice and ice
- Help your child relax by reading him a story and giving him plenty of TLC
- Consider using a cool humidifier
- When used as directed, children’s cough and cold medicines help relieve cough and cold symptoms while your child is getting better. Read and follow the directions carefully and give the exact recommended dose for the child’s age. Do not use over the counter cough and cold medications for children under the age of four in the U.S.
How can I prevent my child from getting a cold?
- Teach your child to wash his or her hands frequently using plenty of soap and warm water. Proper hand-washing should take about 20 seconds or the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice
- Teach your child to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their sleeve
- Keep the child’s environment tobacco free
- Try to minimize the time your child spends with other children who have cough or cold symptoms
- Pack easy-to-use products like disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizers in your child’s backpack to use when he or she is at school
- Keep an annual well-child exam to follow changes in your child’s health
- Keep all of your child’s immunizations up-to-date (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines now recommend a flu vaccine for most children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday)
- Serve a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. Giving a daily vitamin may be recommended by your pediatrician
- After your child is feeling better, clean all surfaces; wash the bedding and air out the room
- Keep surfaces like door knobs, phones, remote controls, toys, and keyboards clean
- Always make sure to consult your school nurse or doctor if you have any questions
HEALTH SCREENINGS (2017 Calendar)
Hearing screenings are conducted in September for grades 1, 2, 5, 8 & 10 and all students with IEP or speech services. Check with the school nurse or site secretary to determine the date for your school.
Vision screenings are conducted in October for grades TK, K, 2, 5, 8, & 10 and all students with IEP or speech services. Check with the school nurse or site secretary to determine the date for your school.
Dental screenings are conducted in February for grades K, 3, 5.
Scoliosis screenings are conducted in November for grades 7 & 8. Check with the school nurse or site secretary to determine the date for your school.
Color Vision screenings are conducted in March and April for all elementary students that have not yet received color vision clearance. The students will be pulled out of the classroom over several days. Parents and teachers will be notified of any student that is unable to pass the screening for color vision. Notify the school nurse if you have concerns about the color vision of one of your students.
Kinder screening is conducted for prospective kinder students in May. Check with the site secretary of the school that your student will be attending to determine dates.
• Effective Jan. 1, 2016
• No longer permits personal or religious immunization exemptions for children in childcare and public or private schools
• Permits personal exemptions submitted before Jan. 2016 to remain valid until a student reaches the next grade span (Kindergarten or 7th grade)
• Removes immunization requirement for students in: Home-based private schools or Independent Home Study with no classroom instruction.
• Special Education students are subject to the same immunizations but cannot be excluded due to their IEP
• Allows for Medical Exemptions ONLY by an MD or DO. The MD need to indicate 1.) The circumstances for which the vaccinations are not indicated (i.e. immunocompromised due to cancer treatment 2.) Which vaccination are exempt 3.) Whether the exemption is permanent or temporary and if temporary the expiration date
There is no specific medical form at this point
• A valid PBE from TK admission, submitted prior to Jan,. 1 2016, is valid for enrollment in Kindergarden. It remains valid until enrollment in 7th grade.
• Personal Exemptions before 2016 are valid for transfers within California
• Personal Exemptions before 2016 are not valid for transfers from another state or country
• Children with a valid personal belief before 2016 who enter Kindergarten or 7th grade will have to meet all age appropriate immunization requirements (See a Guide to Immunizations/or School Entry)
• Requirements for TK are the same as Kindergarten
• Conditional entry is for children who are current in vaccinations but need more. Once they receive their 1st round of immunizations they can start. Their records will be checked monthly. It is also for children with temporary Medical exemptions
• Homeless students are subject to the same requirements but will be admitted without the required immunizations. All resources will be used so they can get their immunizations ASAP
Please contact your school nurse with any case by case questions
A student returning to school following a serious injury, surgery or other hospitalization must have written permission by the health care provider to attend school including recommendations regarding physical activity
An excuse (less than 10 weeks) from a physical education class may be granted to a student who is unable to participate in regular or modified curriculum for a temporary period of time due to illness or injury
A parent's written request for an excuse will be accepted for up to 5 days. After that a written request is needed from a health care provider.
If a parent continues to write a note for the same injury for over 5 days, staff will notify school nurses to assess the injury and work with the family.
All doctor's notes need to have a time frame on the restrictions of that injury. If the doctor's note does not have a time frame, then the school nurse will work with the family and physician for clarification
A student returning to school with sutures, ace bandage, casts, splints, crutches, cane, walker or a wheelchair must have the written permission of a health care provider to attend school that includes any recommendations and /or restrictions related to PE, mobility and safety.
When a note comes in from the parent or Health Care Provider about an injury or illness which limits PE participation, the secretary at the site will copy the note to the teacher, nurse and PE teacher. If there are limitations during PE, the same limitations should be followed during recess.
Students are allowed to wear sunscreen, sunglasses and proper head gear (no logos) when outside at recess or PE
Normas del Distrito
Un estudiante que regresa a la escuela despues de una lesion grave, cirugfa u otra hospitalizacion debe tener permiso por escrito del proveedor de atencion medica para asistir a la escuela, incluyendo recomendaciones sobre la actividad fisica.
Se puede conceder una excusa (menos de 10 semanas) de una clase de educacion fisica a un estudiante que no puede participar en un plan de estudios regular o modificado por un perfodo temporal debido a una enfermedad o lesion.
La solicitud por escrito de un padre para una excusa sera aceptada por hasta 5 dfas. Despues de eso, una solicitud por escrito es necesaria de un proveedor de atencion medica. Si un padre continua escribiendo una nota para la misma lesion durante mas de 5 dfas, el personal notificara a las enfermeras de la escuela para evaluar la lesion y trabajar con la familia.
Todas las notas medicas necesitan tener un marco de tiempo sobre las restricciones de esa lesion. Si la nota del doctor no tiene un marco de tiempo, entonces la enfermera de la escuela trabajara con la familia y el medico para clarificacion.
Un estudiante que regrese a la escuela con suturas, vendajes, yesos, ferulas, muletas, bastones, andadores o sillas de ruedas debe tener el permiso por escrito de un proveedor de atencion medica para asistir a la escuela que incluya cualquier recomendacion o restriccion relacionada con PE, movilidad y seguridad.
Cuando una nota viene del padre o proveedor de atencion medica acerca de una lesion o enfermedad que limita la participacion del PE, la secretaria en el sitio copiara la nota al maestro, a la enfermera y al maestro de Educaci6n Fisica. Si hay limitaciones durante PE, las mismas limitaciones deben ser seguidas durante el recreo.
Se permite que los estudiantes usen protector solar, gafas de sol y equipo apropiado para la cabeza (sin logotipos) cuando estan afuera en el recreo o PE.