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Nurse Notes

Distirict Nurse: Teri Deane  (707) 747-8300 x. 1224
Visit the BUSD Health Services page for more information and health services forms

Epi-Pen Availability
California law now requires all public schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors (epiPens) in the event an undiagnosed anaphylactic reaction were to occur in a student or staff member while on a school campus. BUSD has epiPens at all school sites in our district. SB 1266, states that school nurses or trained school personnel may administer an epiPen to a student who is suffering, or reasonably believed to be suffering from an anaphylactic reaction. Students with a “known” allergy diagnosis potentially requiring an epiPen are still required to bring a physician signed medical authorization and epi-pen to school at the beginning of each school year.


Guidelines for Sick Children:
Parents of school aged children are periodically faced with a decision: should they keep their sick child home or send them to school. Usually the way a child looks and acts can make the decision an obvious one. Please consider the following CDC guidelines when making your decision.

Fever: The child should remain at home with a fever greater than 100 degrees. The child should stay home until they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.

Diarrhea/vomiting: Return to school 24 hours after being symptom free.

Colds: Keep your child home with a fever over 100 degrees or if experiencing discomforts that would interfere with their ability to perform/function during the school day (poorly controlled cough, severe lack of energy). Consult your physician for coughs lasting longer than 10 days or cough accompanied by fever chills and productive discolored sputum.

Allowing your child to rest helps facilitate a full recovery as well as reducing the spread of viruses in the classroom.

Medication At School
If your child needs medication at school for any medical condition please fill out the medication at school form. The form is required for both prescription or over the counter medications and must be signed by a physician. By law, schools may not administer or students self-administer medication without a completed school medication authorization form.

Allergy Information
In order to help protect students who have severe allergies to specific foods we ask the following considerations be made during your child’s school day. 
  • Students with peanut or nut products in their lunch should NOT sit at a table designated as “peanut or nut free zone” Some classrooms are designated “peanut/nut free zones” as well. Students may not eat foods containing nut/nut products in these classrooms. 
  • Please don’t send foods containing nuts or nut products for special occasions/class parties or other times food may be shared with class members. 
  • When sending snacks for your child that are consumed in the classroom, try and avoid products that contain nuts, or have your child eat those items outside of the classroom or during lunchtime, then wash their hands before returning to class. 
  • If your child has a severe food allergy that could potentially cause anaphylaxis, please make sure you provide the school with all doctors’ orders, medications and emergency instructions required in the event of exposure or ingestion of an allergen. A medic alert bracelet is also helpful to school staff. 
BUSD works very hard to ensure the safety and well being of all students during the day with a wide variety of issues and needs; we appreciate your cooperation and help in taking these small steps to ensure the safety of others.

Head Lice
The beginning of each school year is a good time to check your students head for signs of head lice. Pediculosis is a common childhood condition most commonly transmitted by head to head contact or close living conditions. Lice do not hop, jump or fly, but need close personal contact (head to head) or a vehicle such as combs, hats, pillows, jackets, towels, head rests etc. to infect another person. Lice transmission is not effected by personal hygiene. In the event your child develops a case of head lice, please notify the school office managers, teacher or school nurse. The school has policies in place to help educate parents as well as reduce potential infestations to other students.

Please remember to update your student’s records whenever you change your cell, work or home phone numbers. Often the numbers listed at registration change during the school year yet school office staff does not receive the updates. Emergency contacts should be someone who is actually available to come and pick up your child and lives within reasonable driving distance. It is very difficult, stressful and time consuming for students and staff when parents/guardians can’t be reached.

Health Insurance
If your child is without health insurance please contact the Solano Kids Insurance Program also known as SKIP at 707-863-4444 or visit the website at www.solanocoalition.org. A representative can assist you in all areas of signing up for health insurance through Medi-Cal or Covered California.

 



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