Thanks to the Nursing Department at Cypress College for providing flu shots for students at each of our sites. Staff also receive flu shots to keep them healthy!
Healthy Students Learn Better
Healthy students learn better, perform better academically, and experience proper growth and development. Because the health and well-being of our students, parents, and staff is one of our highest priorities, we want to keep you informed of critical health-related information. The Health Office provides only basic first aid for injuries and illness that occur during school hours. It is not a clinic or a substitute for your own doctor. If you have no doctor, or cannot afford medical care for your children, please contact the district nurse for assistance.
Medications, both prescription and over the counter, may be given at school when an authorized health care provider feels medication is absolutely necessary during school hours. An authorized health care provider is a person who is licensed by the State of California to prescribe medication. A written “Request for Medication” completed, signed and stamped by an authorized health care provider and signed by a parent/guardian must be brought to school before any medication may be administered. The parent/guardian is urged, with the help of the authorized health care provider, to work out a schedule of giving medication at home whenever possible.
Medication must be brought to school by parent/guardian or responsible adult along with the “Request for Medication” form. The form lists the conditions that must be met if medication is to be administered at school.
Please keep the school informed if your child is taking medication daily or routinely outside of school hours or begins taking medication. Some medications may have affect on your student’s school performance.
Health Forms and Individual Action Plans
Forms providing the school nursing team with individual student needs are available by clicking the link below. If your health plan provider utilizes a different form, please provide a copy to the school office. It's important that parents provide our health team with as much information as possible on individual needs to ensure students remain healthy and safe at school.
Parents must report all cases of communicable diseases (chicken pox, measles, etc.) to the school nurse. Do not send your child to school with a fever, vomiting, frequent cough or rash of any kind. When your child is absent, please call the school to notify them of the absence.
The Savanna District and the State of California regulations require that complete health and immunization records for incoming kindergartners and students new to the district must be presented in written form and authorized or signed by a public health clinic, health care provider or private doctor before a student can begin attending classes.
The health records should be brought when parents/guardians come to pre-register children for the new school year. There is no grace period: all immunizations must be up to date before a child can attend school. For additional details, parent/guardians may contact the School Nurse.
Immunization Entry Requirements by Age and Grade Before Entering:
4-6 Years Old
7-17 Years Old
Diptheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis
5 doses of DTap, DTP,or DT
4 doses of DTP, DTP, DT, Tdap or TD
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
1 dose for ages 7-12 years.
For more information about school immunization requirements and resources, please visit the California Department of Public Health’s website at www.shotsforschool.org, or Orange County Health Care Agency website at www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/family/iz
Physical Exam Requirement
California law requires all first grade students receive a physical exam within 90 days of starting first grade; however, it may be completed up to 6 months prior to entering kindergarten. This is known as the CHDP Health Assessment. Parents are encouraged to have the CHDP Health Assessment completed and the paperwork submitted to the school office as soon as possible. Paperwork may be downloaded from the link below or obtained in your school office.
If your child has Medi-Cal, ask your doctor or health plan for a CHDP Health Assessment. You can call 1-800-564-8448 for the names of CHDP Health Care Providers
Parents/guardians may excuse their students from the physical exam requirement by submitting a signed Waiver Form to the school.
Dental Exam Requirement
California law (Education Code Section 49452.8) requires that all students receive an oral health assessment, conducted by a licensed dental professional, before May 31st of the student’s first year in school. The exam can be completed up to 12 months prior to the student starting school. For most students the first year of school is Transitional-Kindergarten or Kindergarten. If you require a dental exam waiver, please contact our district nurse.
Vision and Hearing
All students in Transitional-Kindergarten/Kindergarten, 2nd and 5th grade receive a vision assessment. Boys in first grade are screened for color vision. There are State mandated screenings done by credentialed school nurses. The district school nurse facilitates any additional screenings, which include:
All make-ups for mandated screenings.
Vision and hearing parent or teacher concerns.
All initial IEP’s and Triennial IEP’s for students preschool to 6th grade.
All annual IEP’s for students with vision and hearing issues, preschool to 6th grade.
Please Keep Your Child Home from School if He/She has:
had a fever over 100.1 degrees within the previous 24 hours
had vomiting or diarrhea within the previous 24 hours
an unexplained rash
red, itchy, or crusty eyes
green or yellow drainage from the eyes, ears, or nose
a severe cough, sore throat, stomach ache, headache, or ear ache
a contagious illness, until cleared to return with a note from your doctor
head lice, until treated
Please Notify the School if:
- Your child is absent
- Your child has a contagious illness or head lice, in order to prevent disease spread
Other Important Health Office Information:
- Please make sure that the school has up-to-date phone numbers (at home & work) so you can be reached in case your child becomes ill or injured at school
- Please provide the school with the names and phone numbers of additional persons who may pick up your child in the event you can’t be reached
- Provide a health care provider’s note for any student who has activity restrictions due to sprains, fractures, stitches, recent surgery, or any other problem. The student will not be allowed to go out for recess or PE until cleared to do so by a health care provider.
• Provide a health care provider’s note for any child who has been excluded from school for a possible communicable or contagious condition. The child must be brought to the office by the parent to be checked before being allowed to return to the classroom.
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