Health & Nutrition

HEALTH SERVICES
Please keep your child’s emergency contact information up to date since this is our only means of contacting you.  A school nurse is on campus on a part-time basis and on-call to give emergency first-aid treatment.  If you child becomes ill at school, we will notify you as soon as possible. If a serious illness or accident occurs during the school day, paramedics (911) and parents/guardians are called immediately. First aid is administered for minor injuries and parents/guardians are informed of the incident by the office staff.

Parents/Guardians must keep the child's health information current and inform us of any chronic health issues such as heart problems, diabetes, severe allergies, hearing loss, vision/glasses, chronic pain, asthma, seizure disorders, etc., and/or medications your child may take regularly at home.  We must be able to provide this information to paramedics or emergency response personnel if necessary. This information will also allow us to communicate any necessary accommodations to appropriate staff and ensure the student’s health needs and safety.

 

Students with contagious conditions, diarrhea, vomiting or a fever of 100º or higher will be sent home and may not return until symptoms have subsided for 24 hours without analgesics (Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, etc.) to avoid exposing others to illness.



  1. Children with temperatures of 100 degrees or higher will be sent home and may not return to school until their temperature has been normal for 24 hours.
  2. Parents will be notified when there is an injury to the head or broken bones are suspected.
  3. Any student who becomes too ill to remain in the classroom or on campus, should first report the illness to the teacher or supervisor on duty.  They will determine if the student is ill enough to go to the nurse’s office.
  4. All accidents must be reported immediately to the teacher/supervisor in charge.  The person contacted will see that the student gets the proper first aid attention.  All teachers have first aid materials in their classrooms.
 
MEDICATION
If your child is on continuing medication, you are required by law to tell the school about the medication, the amount taken, and the name of the supervising physician.  NO over the counter medication is allowed at school. this includes cough drops.
 
When medication must be taken by your child during the school day, an adult must bring the medication to school in the original bottle properly labeled.  Parent must provide a completed Form 4544-HS which has the physician’s signature, information regarding the method, amount and time for the medication to be taken, and the signature of the parent or guardian. This includes the use of inhalers for asthma.
HEAD LICE
The District’s head lice management program should emphasize the correct diagnosis and treatment of head lice in order to minimize disruption of the education process and to reduce the number of student absences resulting from infestation (AR 5141.33). Privacy of students identified as having head lice and excluded from attendance will be maintained.

When a student is found with active, adult head lice, the student will be sent home as soon as possible with proper parental notification and information about the treatment and control of head lice to prevent the spread of infestation. Any siblings at the school will also be checked. Responsibility for the treatment of head lice rests with the home.  

 

When two or more students in a class have been identified as having a head lice infestation, all students in the class shall be examined. In consultation with the school nurse, the principal may also send information about head lice home to all parents/guardians of the students in that class.  Excluded students may return to school when 1) they bring a note from the parent verifying the treatment and 2) reexamination by the nurse or designee shows that treatment was completed.

 

The principal and school nurse will work with the parents/guardians of any student who has been deemed to be a chronic head lice case in order to help minimize the student’s absences from school.

 

CLOSE CONTACTS INSTRUCTIONS

You are a “close contact” if you shared the same indoor airspace with someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period while they were infectious.  Examples of indoor air spaces are homes, waiting rooms, airplanes. An example of ‘a total of 15 minutes or more’ is being in the same airspace with the person for 5 minutes at least 3 different times in 24 hours.

 

As of July 1, 2022, If you are a close contact to someone with COVID-19 and you have 

no symptoms, you do not need to quarantine.  However, you are REQUIRED to: 

  1. Wear a highly protective mask for 10 days.  You must wear a mask around others while 

      indoors and when in close contact with others outside. This includes wearing a mask at home. 

  1. Get tested 3-5 days after you were last exposed (Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact

     with the infected person. If you test positive at any time, follow isolation instructions.

  1. Monitor your health for 10 days If symptoms start, test right away and stay home away from 

     others. If you test positive, follow isolation requirements 

 

Quarantine means staying away from others in case you become infected. 

- Quarantine can end after Day 5 if you do not have symptoms and a COVID-19 viral test collected on or after Day 5 is negative. When you leave quarantine, you must wear a mask and monitor your health through Day 10 (see instructions above). 

- Quarantine can end after Day 10 if you do not test on or after Day 5 as long as you did not develop symptoms.


Isolation Instructions

(Los Angeles County Health Dept.)

 

Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19  must follow the Los Angeles County Isolation Instruction, including staying home for at least 5 days and wearing a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.

 

Isolation can end after Day 5 ONLY if all of the following criteria are met: 

  • You have a negative COVID-19 test** that was collected on Day 5 or later, and 
  • You have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine, and 
  • Your symptoms are improving. 

OR

Isolation can end after Day 10 if you have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine. If you do have a fever, continue isolation until 24 hours after your fever resolves.

 

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed.


SCHOOL LUNCHES & BREAKFAST
All students are entitled to breakfast and lunch each day, FREE OF CHARGE.
Breakfast service times:  8:00 AM - 8:25 AM
Lunch service times: 11:40-12:20 (TK-3rd grades) and 12:25-1:05 (4th-6th grades)
 
HEALTHY SNACKS & LUNCHES
In keeping with the ABC Unified School District Wellness Policy, the Federal Child Nutrition Act and California recommendations for healthy habits, we encourage you to consider the nutritional value of snacks sent to school for our students.  Refrain from bringing fast food lunches for your child.
 
The growing problem of overweight and obese children directly attributed to poor diets and physical inactivity is of great concern in the United States.  We want to encourage students to make wise choices for snacks (fruit, veggies, water, healthy crackers, cheese) so that they develop good habits early in life.  If you send chips, please send individual size bags.  Please do not send candy in student’s lunches.
If you plan for your child to bring a lunch from home, we ask that you please send it with them in the morning when they come to school.  If possible, please avoid dropping off lunches in the office.  Your child will be able to eat a school lunch instead. PLEASE PLAN AHEAD.
 
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
As per Board Policy 6116, classroom interruptions and distractions must be controlled and minimized to ensure that teachers can dedicate time to the instruction of students. We strive to do our part to protect your child’s learning time and health. Therefore we do not use instructional time to for birthday parties, however, we understand that birthdays are important and we want to honor them. We prefer that if you choose to send something to share with the class that you send non-food items (stickers, pencils, etc). If you would like to send a small treat, it must be store bought and individually packaged. Items will be distributed to students at the end of the day. Cake, ice cream, and candy will not be permitted.