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Health/Medication Procedures

Debbie Norris, Health Technician, [email protected], 858-674-4707
District Nurse for Highland Ranch Elementary: Ann Smits,  858-521-2811


STUDENT HEALTH: Highland Ranch has a Health Attendant to take care of first aid and emergencies. In case of student illness at school, the Health Attendant will notify parents or the emergency contact.
No registered nursing services are provided at the school on a daily basis.
KEEPING EVERYONE HEALTHY:  Please remember that PUSD Guidelines state that your child must be fever- and vomit-free for 24 hours before returning to school. Students with Upper Respiratory Infections common symptoms: persistent nasal discharge that is purulent or discolored, productive cough, excessive coughing or appears to be too ill or uncomfortable to adequately function in classroom setting should stay home until no symptoms for 24 hours or a written medical release is obtained.


Please take a few minutes at home to carefully check your child’s health before he/she leaves for school each morning. The following are a few suggestions, which may help to guide you:


~Illness during the night ~Fever is present (100 degrees or greater) ~Complaints of nausea, upset stomach, vomiting, headache, diarrhea prior to leaving for school ~Development of a rash on face and/or body ~Has a severe cold, cough and/or sore throat ~Has inflamed eye(s) with discharge from them Please Remember: An ill child cannot function properly in the classroom. The spread of illness and disease through class or school can be more easily monitored if sick children remain at home during the acute stage of an illness. If the school health tech detects any of the above, your child will be sent home.
People with influenza-like illness are to remain home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100o F [37.8o C]) without the use of fever-reducing medications.
A student’s absence should be reported on the School Absence Hotline by emailing: [email protected] or calling: 858-485-4876.
Homework can also be requested on this phone message, please indicate when you will be picking it up.
MEDICATION: Students who are required to take any medication during school hours may be assisted by school personnel if the school receives a Medication Authorization form filled out by the physician and the parent detailing the instructions for administering the medication.  This form may be picked up at the school office. For safety reasons, only adults may bring medication to school.  Please do not send it to school with your child. 
Sunscreen, cough drops, lip balm and Vaseline, etc, must have a note from the parent on file and will also be monitored by the school personnel.

Medication Procedures Outlined

According to California State law, prescription and non-prescription medications are permitted to be taken at school only with a written statement from the physician AND a written statement from the parent or guardian. The Health Office has a form available titled “Authorization for Medication Administration”. 
Written information that must be provided is:
  • Student’s name
  • The name of the medication
  • Physician’s instructions detailing the date(s), method,
  • amount and time medication is to be given
  • Parent/guardian and Physician signature
This information is required for all medications including “over-the-counter” Tylenol, ibuprofen, cold/allergy medicines, etc. All medications MUST be labeled with the student’s name and above information, in the original Rx or OTC container.
Please contact  Health Technician, with any questions or concerns. (858) 674-4707 ext.4203