Under a new law known as SB 277, beginning January 1, 2016 exemptions based on personal beliefs will no longer be an option for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into child care or school in California. Most families will not be affected by the new law because their children have received all required vaccination. Personal beliefs exemptions on file for a child already attending child care or school will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) or 7th grade.
For more information about school immunization requirements and resources, please visit the California Department of Public Health’s website at www.shotsforschool.org, or contact your Local health department Immunization Education and Planning Program 408.937.2271
From your District Nurse - Welcome to Health Services
Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District is responsible for the health of your child while in school. We do this through immunization monitoring, trainings and emergency care. Each comprehensive high school has a “health clerk” who maintains immunization records. This person also assists injured or ill students to receive prompt attention (either from a parent or designee). The LGSUHSD District Nurse is responsible for assessing the health needs of students, developing emergency care plans, and complying with laws related to student health. The Credentialed District Nurse communicates with parents, students, and physicians to develop comprehensive health care plans for students with health needs. The Credentialed District Nurse is also available as a resource to the entire school community. We look forward to working with the school community to help each student come to school Ready to Learn.
Lois D. Schultz-Grant RN, MS, Credentialed School Nurse
Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District
Individualized Health Care Plans
Parents/guardians are to notify the school if their student has any medical conditions that may affect his/her ability to learn,( e.g., Diabetes, Seizures, Asthma, Severe Allergies, etc.) This will allow the Credentialed School Nurse to develop a plan to provide appropriate care in an emergency. The Credentialed School Nurse will develop an individualized health care plan for the student. The student’s safety and health is always a top priority. Emergency action plans are developed based upon conditions reported by parents/guardians. For more information, please contact Lois Schultz-Grant RN, MS, Credentialed School Nurse at email@example.com
Asthma: Note from Nurse
You have indicated that your child has a history of Asthma. To help your child succeed, please fill out the “Permission to Carry Medication form” and clearly indicate which triggers may cause an asthma episode. Please return the form to your Child’s HOME SCHOOL. For more information, please contact Lois Schultz-Grant RN, MS, Credentialed School Nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org
Diabetes: Note from the Nurse
You have indicated that your child has a history of Diabetes. Please print out the Authorization from Physician form and have your child and physician complete it. Both you and your physician must sign this form. Also, please fill out the permission to Carry Medications which will allow your child to carry his insulin kit on his person. Once we have received these forms, the Credentialed School Nurse will complete an emergency plan (with input from your child) and make certain that each of your child’s teachers knows what to do to help in the event of an emergency. Please return the forms to your Child’s HOME SCHOOL For more information, please contact Lois Schultz-Grant RN, MS, Credentialed School Nurse at email@example.com
Seizure History: Note from the Nurse
You have indicated that your child has a history of Seizures. Please review the “Standard Seizure Protocol”. This is the plan that is used by the school for anyone who has a Generalized Clonic/Tonic Seizure. Also, please complete the Seizure Information Form. This will be reviewed by the Credentialed School Nurse to assess if additional emergency protocols are needed. Please return the form to your child’s HOME SCHOOL. For more information, please contact Lois Schultz-Grant RN, MS, Credentialed School Nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org
Severe Allergic Reaction/EPIPEN Auto Injectors
If you have indicated that your child has a severe Allergy that necessitates the need to carry and Epinephrine Auto Injector (EPI PEN), please fill out the permission to carry medication form. Please make sure to indicate what your child is allergic to. Also, please indicate if your child should also carry Benadryl or other Antihistamines. Once the school receives this form, the Credentialed School Nurse (working with your child) will develop an Emergency Plan to be put into effect if your child needs to use his/her EPI PEN. This plan will be given to your child’s teacher. Please return the form to your child;s HOME SCHOOL. For more information, please contact Lois Schultz-Grant RN, MS, Credentialed School Nurse at email@example.com
Medication During the School Day: Note From the Nurse
If you have indicated that your child requires medication during the school day, including Over the Counter Medications (i.e. Tylenol, Advil, or other medications not usually requiring a physician order) please note that, for your child to receive these medications during school hours the Medication Authorization form must be completed and signed by a physician and parent/guardian. Medications must be in a pharmacy labeled bottle. Upon receipt of this form and the medication, trained staff members will help your child receive the medication ordered in an appropriate manner. For further information, or questions, please contact Lois D. Schultz-Grant RN, MS, Credentialed School Nurse, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asbestos Awareness Resources
Millions of children who attend schools in the United States built before the 1980s are at risk of being exposed to harmful asbestos – yet there are important steps parents can take to protect their children. For more information, click here.