School Site Health Offices
The Senior Health Services Specialist is a health professional Register Nurse (RN) under the professional direction of a California credentialed District School Nurse. The Senior Health Services Specialist implements specialized health care procedures for medically fragile children, assists nursing personnel in managing the physical health conditions of students, and maintains student health records.
The Health Services Specialist is a health professional, either a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) working under the direction of a California credentialed District School Nurse. The Health Service Specialist implements health care procedures for medically fragile children, assists nursing personnel in managing the physical health conditions of students and maintains student health records.
The Health Technician at each school is an unlicensed medical professional that is CPR and First Aid certificated. They work under the license of a credentialed school nurse. Health Technicians are trained in procedures to a level of competence and safety to meet the needs of students in the school district. If a Health Technician has a question or needs clarification, the School Nurse is available to assist.
If you need to speak to a District school nurse, please call the Health Services Department at 805-389-2100 x1108.
A Few Suggestions from the Health Office:
- No student is allowed to have medication (prescription or over-the-counter) at school without an authorization form signed by the parent and the prescribing physician. This includes over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, prescription medication, creams, and ointment. The Health Office cannot administer any medications without this authorization. To obtain the form, or if you have any questions, please contact the Health Office.
- Keep your child home if they:
- Have a fever greater than 100.4º (may return to school if fever is normal for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine)
- Have vomited in the last 24 hours
- Have cold symptoms, including but not limited to increased colorful nasal discharge and persistent cough
- Have diarrhea.
- If your child has suspected pink eye, he/she will need a doctor's note verifying the child is not contagious to return to school. If the child is diagnosed with Pink Eye, the child must be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.
- If your child has a rash, he/she will need a doctor’s note verifying the child is not contagious to return to school.
- Notify the School Health Office of any cases of chicken pox, shingles, or strep infections. Exposure to these conditions can be very harmful to individuals that have compromised immune systems. Notifying the Health Office will help us track these conditions or exposures and inform those individuals that may need to contact their physicians for care.
- Notify the School Health Office of any cases of Head Lice. Students will need to be checked by the health technician prior to returning to class.
- Notify the School Health Office if your student has received a serious injury (broken bone, concussion, severe joint strain, etc.).
Guidelines for Parents on Keeping Ill Student Home
Head Lice Information
How to Help Prevent Getting Head Lice
- Teach children to avoid head-to-head contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playgrounds, slumber parties, and camps).
- Teach children not to share clothing and supplies, such as hats, scarves, helmets, sports uniforms, towels, combs, brushes, bandanas, hair ties, and headphones.
- Disinfest combs and brushes used by a person with head lice by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes.
- Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with a person with head lice.
- Clean items that have been in contact with the head of a person with lice in the 48 hours before treatment. Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items using hot water (130°F) and a high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned or sealed in a plastic bag and stored for two weeks.
- Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the person with lice sits or lies. Head lice survive less than one or two days if they fall off the scalp and cannot feed.
- Do not use insecticide sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
- After finishing treatment with lice medication, check everyone in your family for lice after one week. If live lice are found, contact your health care professional.
10 Myths and Misconception about Head Lice
Resource Information regarding Head Lice:
California Department of Public Health
Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
U.S.. Food & Drug Administration
American Academy of Pediatrics