Health Office

Karen Adams, MSN, RN

Credentialed School Nurse

(619) 397-3804, office

(619) 397-3854, fax

Karen.Adams@sweetwaterschools.org

 

HEALTH OFFICE HOURS

8:20am – 3pm

All students must have a pass to see the nurse during class and during passing periods.

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL NURSES POSITION STATEMENT

What Is The Role Of The 21st Century School Nurse?  

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19

San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, COVID-19

SUHSD COVID-19 Information

Guide for Parents – When can my child return to school?

If a student presents with COVID-like symptoms, tests positive for COVID, or has been identified as a close contact, they are not allowed on campus until cleared by the school nurse.

Certification of Chronic Medical Condition

Documentation from a student’s health care provider is needed if there is a health condition that causes symptoms to occur that are unrelated to COVID-19 (i.e., chronic seasonal allergies causing runny nose, migraines causing headaches/migraines, anxiety causing nausea and vomiting, etc.).  This signed form will allow students to stay on campus if they present with symptoms the health care provider listed.

COVID-19 and Physical Activity

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), students who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past six months should obtain medical clearance from their health care provider prior to returning to physical activity, at school or elsewhere. At school, this applies to physical activities including, but not limited to, physical education class, sports, and marching band.

CALIFORNIA IMMUNIZATION LAW – SENATE BILL 277

Students must have all the necessary immunizations required by California in order to attend school.  Click here to see a completed list.  For more information, please visit Shots for School.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS REQUIRING AN ACTION PLAN AND MEDICATION

  • An authorized health care provider who is licensed by the State of California may prescribe medication for students to take at school (Ed Code 49400 & 49423; California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 601[a]).
  • A new form must be completed each school yearand on file in the health office.
    • Changes in medication require a new authorization form signed by the health care provider and parent.
  • Diabetes School Management Plan
    • Ask the student’s endocrinologist for this plan

MEDICATIONS

Prescription Medications

  • An authorized health care provider who is licensed by the State of California may prescribe medication for students to take at school (Ed Code 49400 & 49423; California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 601[a]).
  • A new form must be completed each year and on file in the health office.
    • Changes in medication require a new authorization form signed by a health care provider and parent.
  • Medication must be in the original pharmacy-labeled container.
  • Medication must be picked up from the health office at the end of the school year.
  • Unclaimed medication will be destroyed at the close of the last day of school.

 

Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medications

  • The following OTC medications are available in the nurse’s office and may be administered by the nurse with parent/guardian permission:
    • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or generic
    • Calcium Carbonate (Tums)
    • Cough drops or throat lozenges
    • Ibuprofen (Advil) or generic

 

  • Any student who requires a medication for the same reason more than 2 days over the course of any school year (i.e., Tylenol for headaches, Tums for abdominal pain, etc.), must be evaluated by a medical professional before that medication is re-administered at school. If the need is anticipated to occur again, the student’s medical provider will have to “prescribe” the medication (as if it were not an OTC medication), and parent should bring in their own supply.

 

  • A new form must be submitted each school year. This is done during the online registration process.  If a paper copy is preferred, please click here to fill out and sign.

 

RESOURCES AND FORMS

PE Medical Notice

For an injury that requires PE accommodations, please have the student’s health care provider complete the PE medical note and then turn it in to the school nurse.  A short term PE excuse for a minor injury or illness is available from the school nurse with a note from the parent for up to three days.

 

Concussions

If a student has suffered a possible concussion, please seek medical attention.  Have the health care provider complete and sign the Return to Learn form and the Return to Play form (for students with PE and athletes) and return to the school nurse.  If the student is diagnosed with a concussion, the student should stay home from school for 24 hours after the injury and then can return back; recommended half-days for first few days back.  The nurse will communicate with teachers and staff about the health care provider’s recommended accommodations during the recovery.

 

Chronic Illness Verification Form (CIV)

If a student has a medical condition that causes them to miss school, it is encouraged to have the student’s health care provider fill out the CIV form to excuse absences due to their medical condition.  For more information please contact the school nurse or attendance coordinator at (619) 397-3866.

 

Community Clinics in the South Bay

Guidelines for Parents on Keeping Students Home

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Form

Is it a Cold or Flu?

Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations

Sports Physicals