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Health Services

Welcome
 

Good health is an essential component of optimal learning conditions. It is therefore the mission of Health Services to support the health status of our students and to identify and assist in the removal or modification of health-related barriers to learning. In this way Health Services contributes directly to AUSD’s vision of preparing our students to be responsible citizens by providing a safe and secure learning environment.

NOTE: Beginning January , 2014, parents or guardians who, because of personal beliefs, do not want their children to receive one or more immunizations requires for entering school or child care must provide documentation specified by a new state law, also known as Assembly Bill 2109.

Additional information about this new law designed for parents, health care practitioners and schools is now available at www.shotsforschools.org, including:

  • A standard exemption form that meets the requirements of Assembly Bill 2109.
  • Frequently asked questions about the new law.

We ask families to help us ensure all student records are up to date for their children. Below are important resources and protocols to follow:

For questions regarding Student Health Services, please feel free to contact our office by phone (510) 337-7072, by fax (510) 337-7071, via email at rwilliams@alameda.k12.ca.us or in person at our district office located at 2060 Challenger Drive, Alameda, CA 94501.

Illness

Please do not send your child to school if he/she has any of the following symptoms:

1. Fever (over 100 degrees). Please keep your child home for 24 hours after a fever without the aid of Tylenol or Advil)
2. Eyes that are red, swollen, crusting or draining
3. Untreated, draining ears or earache
4. Diarrhea
5. Nausea or vomiting (if the pupil has vomited the night before or in the morning, please DO NOT send pupil to school)
6. Severe sore throat
7. Skin rashes of unknown origin or contagious rash requires a clearance from a health care provider that student may return to school.

If a pupil is at school with any of the above, the parent/guardian will be called to pick up the pupil. Under certain circumstances, the parent may be asked to consult a physician and to provide a written note from a doctor indicating that the pupil may return to school.

Health Screening

Certain health problems can be a barrier to optimal learning. In order to identify and modify some of the more frequently occurring problems, the district conducts the following screenings as mandated by the State of California: (Ed Code 49455, 49456, 49452.5) 

  • Vision: Grades 1, 2, 5, and 8, and first year in the California public school system

  • Color Vision: Grade 1

  • Hearing: Grades 1, 2, 5 and 8, and first year in the California public school system

  • Scoliosis: Girls - Grade 7, Boys - Grade 8

Students who are being assessed for initial and three year review for special education services, and students referred by a teacher or parent will also be tested for vision and hearing. Those who do not pass the initial screening will be retested. Parents will be notified and referred for further follow-up only when a problem is identified. Parents may submit a written request for exemption from any of the above health screenings.

Athletic Clearances

All students participating in a sport in high school must have a physical exam form on file with us. In order to be valid for the next school year the exam must be dated after July 1st. The exam can be performed by your regular health care provider.

Click here to download the Physical Exam Form .

Oral Health Assessment

California law, Education Code 49452.8, requires that children have a dental check-up by May 31 of their first year in public school, at kindergarten or first grade. Dental evaluations that have happened within the 12 months prior to school entry also meet this requirement. The law specifies that the assessment must be done by a licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional.

Please click to download the Oral Assessment Form  your dentist must complete.

Immunizations

Go to Enrollment Information  to learn the requirements by grade level.

The California Health and Safety Code, division 105, part 2, chapter 1, sections 120325-120380, title 17, division 1, chapter 4, sections 6000-6075, requires that every child entering a California school be immunized against polio, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and chickenpox. Immunity to chickenpox  may also be demonstrated through health care provider-documented varicella disease or immunity.


1. Student’s immunization record must be presented to school staff by the parent or guardian and must include the month, date, and year each dose was received. It needs to be in the form of either the yellow immunization card or personal record signed or stamped by a health care provider or clinic.


2. If student is transferring from one public school within California to another public school in California, you have 30 days to provide the proof of immunization. After 30 days with no valid immunization, you will receive a "Notice of Exclusion from School Attendance."

3. If student is entering Kindergarten, transferring from a private school, transferring from out-of-state or out-of-country, you must present the immunization record before entry into a California school. All immunization must be up to date before student can start school.

4. A student entering from out of the country will need a current TB (tuberculosis) skin test or chest x-ray stating the student is free from communicable TB. TB test and/or chest x-ray must be done within 6 months of the first day of school entry.
                                                                                                                 
For a list of Alameda County Free Immunization sites in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, or Cambodian click on the language of you choice.


If you have any further questions, please consult your child’s health care provider or California Department of Public Health Website: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/immunize/Pages/MeandMyFamily.aspx

Emergency Card

Your child’s school must have correct contact information on your child in an emergency. This includes any alternative emergency contact persons in case the school cannot reach the parents. Parents must fill out the cards completely, including all pertinent health information and physician and dentist phone numbers to call in an emergency. If there is a change of address or phone number for any person listed on the card during school year, please notify the school immediately (Ed Code 49408)

Health Forms

Physical Exam Form  (to be completed by the doctor)

Oral Assessment Form  (to be completed by the dentist)

School Health Offices

Each AUSD school has a health office and Health Office Assistant who has been trained in basic CPR and First Aid. Some of the care provided by the Health Office Assistant, under the direction of the District Nurse, includes basic first aid, medication administration, immunization enforcement, and communicable disease control.

Parents are encouraged to communicate with the School Health Office Assistant and District Nurse on any health related issues so we can better meet your child’s health needs in school to promote the best learning environment for your student.

To contact your student’s Health Office Assistant, please go to each school’s website. To contact either District Nurse, please call her directly at (510) 337 7118 or e-mail at either rfriedman@alameda.k12.ca.us  for Rikki or lhudgins@alameda.k12.ca.us for Laura.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     
It is important to protect students from infectious diseases that are transmitted within the school setting. Your child may be excluded from school in accordance with California Education Code section 48210-48214 and section 49451. “Whenever there is a reason to believe that the child is suffering a recognized contagious or infectious disease, he/she shall be sent home and shall not be permitted to return until the school authorities are satisfied that any contagious disease does not exist.”

Health Services Contacts

 

Therese Duenas-Fernandez
District Nurse (RN)
(510) 337-7118
tdfernandez@alameda.k12.ca.us

 

Courtney Clemmons
District Nurse (RN)
(510) 337-7118
cclemmons@alameda.k12.ca.us