Health and Safety

The Health Office is staffed daily by a Health Clerk. We also have the services of a School Nurse 1.5-2 days a week. Students who are ill or injured during the school day must obtain a pass from a teacher or yard duty supervisor before coming to the Health Office.  Extreme emergencies are the exception!

Student Health
Students in school are expected to be well enough to participate in ALL school activities, including recess. Please do not send your child to school if he/she feels sick or has a fever of over 100˚ F.  Students who are ill will be sent home!. If your child has been ill with a fever of over 100˚, please be sure that he/she is fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school.  Check with the SJUSD Influenza Update for the latest information about the Influenza season, symptons and concerns. Additionally, injuries that occur at home should be taken care of at home

Head Lice
Head lice is a constant, widespread community problem throughout United State. No school, regardless of area or socio-economic level, is exempt. Help control the spread of head lice by checking your child’s hair weekly, instructing your child not to share hair accessories with other students, and notifying the school if your child has head lice. (This can be done anonymousl.) SJUSD maintains a “NO NIT” policy—students sent home with head lice will not be allowed to return to class until their hair is completely free of lice and nits.

Medications
If your child needs to take medication at school, you must submit written parental permission and include written instructions from a qualified health care provider/physician detailing the method, amount, and time schedule for the administration of the medication. This rule applies to aspirin, Tylenol, cough syrup, Ritalin, and any other prescription or non-prescription medication. All medications, including cough drops and vitamins, must be stored in the Health Office—-students may not have any medication in their possession at school. Medications must be brought to the Health Office in the original container, clearly labeled with the student’s name, the type of medication, and directions for administration. Contact the Health Clerk if you need further information and/or a Permit to Take Medication at School form.

SJUSD Board Policy Regarding Food/Nutrition and Class Celebrations
The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures whereby students and parents/guardians may participate in the selection of foods of good nutritional quality for school menus and ensure that all food and beverages meet the nutritional standards required by the State of California. School and class celebrations during the school day should occur after the last lunch period (except for am kindergarten) and should be limited to no more than one celebration per class per month when non-nutritious food/beverage are served. When non-nutritious food/beverage is served a healthy alternative should be offered. All other celebrations during the school day must include foods and beverages that meet the nutritional standards established by the district. Home-prepared goods are not permitted on school campuses. To facilitate compliance, a list of acceptable food and beverage items and healthy celebration alternatives will be provided to all school Principals for distribution to teachers and parents, and made available on the SJUSD website.