Health Services

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California Department of Public Health on Corona Virus:

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Cold and Flu Season is here!

If your child has had a fever of 100.4 or higher they need to stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without any medications prior to returning to school.

Here is some helpful information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Treatment includes:

 1. Stay home and get plenty of rest. Please call and leave a message on the school’s attendance line. You can send a message to your child’s teacher and request school work so that they don’t fall behind.

 2. Drink plenty of fluids. This can include water, juice, popsicles, jello,sports drinks and broth bases soups. Hydration helps thin the respiratory secretions , which makes it easier to cough them up and spit it out.

3. Treat fever and body aches with acetaminophen, (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil,Motrin), ask your child’s medical provider which is the best for your child. Avoid giving aspirin to anyone younger than 19. It can lead to a serious medical condition.

Cold Versus Flu

What is the difference between a cold and flu? Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. Colds are usually milder than flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications.

How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?
Cold or Flu?
Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.

What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold? The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Find additional CDC resources on how to clean and disinfect schools.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs. For more guidance see the CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.

Parents’ Guide to Immunizations Required for School Entry Spanish Chinese Russian

New California school immunization requirement regulations will become effective starting July 1st, 2019.


Starting July 1, 2019
Students Admitted at TK/K-12 Need:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, Tdap, or Td) — 5 doses 
    (4 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday. 3 doses OK if one was given on or after 7th birthday.)
    For 7th-12th graders, at least 1 dose of pertussis-containing vaccine is required on or after 7th birthday. 

  • Polio (OPV or IPV) — 4 doses 
    (3 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday) 

  • Hepatitis B — 3 doses 

  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) — 2 doses 

  • (Both given on or after 1st birthday) 

  • Varicella (Chickenpox) — 2 doses 

 These immunization requirements also apply to students entering transitional kindergarten. 

California schools are required to check immunization records for all new student admissions at TK/Kindergarten through 12th grade and all students advancing to 7th grade before entry. Parents must show their child's Immunization record as proof of immunization. 

  •  Starting July 1, 2019, a parent or guardian must submit a signed, written statement from a physician (MD or DO) licensed in California which states:
    • The specific nature of the physical condition or medical circumstance of the child for which a licensed physician does not recommend immunization.
    • Each specific required vaccine that is being exempted.
    • Whether the medical exemption is permanent or temporary.
    • If the exemption is temporary, an expiration date no more than 12 calendar months from the date of signing.
  •  7th Grade Requirement : "Tdap" Immunization Booster

All students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade Fall of 2019 will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough
 booster immunization (called "Tdap") for school in the fall. They will also need to have documentation of 2 doses of Varicella vaccine or a Medical Exemption from a California MD/DO stating student has had chicken pox and is permanently exempted. Your student will not be able to receive their class schedule without documented proof of these vaccines.  In order to meet the 7th grade requirement, the Tdap booster 
needs to be have given after they have turned 7 years old.

Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe and last for months. 
The immunity received from early childhood immunization for Pertussis disease wears off over time, 
leaving older students and adults susceptible again to Pertussis. Immunization with Tdap can protect students, 
schools and communities against Pertussis. 


Back to School             Information:

Illness/Injury:  If your child is ill or injured during school hours, he/she will be assessed by the School Nurse, Health Assistant
 (LVN), Teacher or Office Staff.  You may not be contacted each time your child visits the school health office.
In the event your child appears to have a serious illness/injury, every effort will be made to notify you. 
Please be sure all phone numbers and health care information is kept current throughout the school year.

 Children with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be sent home immediately. 
 Please keep students home from school until they remain fever-free (below 100 degrees) for
24 hours
without fever-reducing medication.  They also need to stay home if they have
vomiting and/or diarrhea and need to be symptom free 24 hours prior to returning to school.

 Children with other symptoms of a possible communicable disease will also be sent home from school
 at the discretion of the school nurse, health assistant or office staff.
If your child has been diagnosed with a possible contagious illness, such as flu or strep throat, please notify the school office.

 Lice:  Head lice are a common community problem. They are not dangerous and do not transmit disease. 
 The school staff will notify parents/guardians of any student with live lice and recommend treatment that evening. 
The student will not be sent home and may return to school the next day if they have received home treatment. 
A letter will not be sent to other parents in that classroom. More information regarding lice and treatment can be
 found on the Orcutt Union School District website under Health Services.

 Food Allergies/Outside Food:  Many students have food allergies.  It is imperative that parents notify the
school nurse and the child’s teacher of any food allergies as soon as possible.  In order to keep all students safe,
we ask that parents DO NOT bring in outside food for classroom parties, unless you have checked with the
teacher beforehand. A food allergy can turn into a potentially life-threatening situation.
Parents are encouraged to consider books, pencils, or other non-food items for birthdays,
 parties, and end of year celebrations.