TUSD Procedures for Receiving Medication from Parent/Guardian
In May 2016, the following forms were revised to include a section for school staff and parent/guardians to sign when medication is brought in to the school office or Health Office:
- Authorization for Medication at School
- Physician’s Authorization for Management of Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto-injector Administration at School
It is important that school office staff are aware of these revised forms and the procedure for receiving medication to ensure that they are accounted for and available to the student when needed.
Parents should be encouraged to drop off medication during hours when Health Office staff is on duty, but there are many circumstances where that is not possible. School staff receiving the medication is responsible for the following:
- Verify that the physician’s name on the medication matches the physician’s name on the form (with the exception of over-the-counter medications like Advil and Tylenol which will not have a prescription label—must be unopened bottle/container)
- Verify that the name of medication is the same on the bottle/container and the form
- Verify that the dosage of prescription medication matches the form
- Count pills/capsule/tablets and record “Quantity Initially received”
- Non-Health Office staff may document “parent states quantity as ____pills/capsules/tablets” and Health Office staff will do the actual count at the start of their shift
- Once signatures are completed, provide a copy to the parent for their records if requested
- Medication must be locked in the medication cabinet/cart immediately
TO BE COMPLETED BY SCHOOL STAFF UPON RECIEPT OF MEDICATION:
Parent/Guardian Signature Date Staff Signature Date
Procedures for Parent/Guardian Pick-up of Unused or Expired Medication
TO BE COMPLETED BY SCHOOL STAFF UPON PICK UP OF UNUSED MEDICATION:
Parent/Guardian Signature Date Staff Signature Date
Parents are responsible for picking up unused medication when it is no longer needed at school, when the medication is expired, a student withdraws or transfers, and at the end of the school year. Disposing of unused medication is an expense to the district, whereas families have many options to dispose of medication at no cost. Always have the parent sign when picking up unused medication from the Health Office.
Effective July 1, 2010 California Education Code Section 49452.7 states that school districts must provide information to parents about type 2 diabetes. Click here for the TUSD Diabetes Notification to Parents and Guardians.
For official and detailed information from the California Department of Education go to: www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/type2diabetes.asp. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your District Nurse or health care provider.
JMS Vision & Hearing Screening
Vision and Hearing Screenings for all 8th grade students will be held on December 13th and 15th. If your student wears prescription glasses, please ensure they have their glasses with them on these dates. The procedure for screening is a simple one. The District Nurse inspects the child's vision and hearing. If any concerns are observed, parents/guardians will be notified by a referral letter. If you do not wish to have your child screened, please send written notification to the school Health Office prior to December 13th. If you have any questions, about the screening process, contact the District Nurse at 310-350-5604. Please feel free to contact our JMS School Health Office if you have any questions about the actual screening day.
T-Dap Booster Requirement for Incoming 7th Grade Students
A Tdap booster shot is required for all incoming 7th grade students. Please bring a record of this booster shot to the Jefferson Middle School's Health Office as soon as possible, prior to your student entering the 7th grade. We suggest you contact the health office to determine if your child’s Tdap immunization record at the school has been updated. By law, students who do not have proof of receiving a Tdap booster shot will not be able to start school in the fall until proof is provided to the school. Click Here for the TUSD Pertussis parent letter district 16-17
Friendly Reminders Regarding Lice
You should never share a brush. If you spend the night at a friends’ house, and you come home with lice, please make sure that you let your friends know so that they can get their head checked. Make sure to follow protocol for removing lice. If you only treat your head and nothing else, you are most likely going to get it again. All bedding needs to be washed and dried. Stuffed animals should be dried on a high heat or a placed in a large trash bag and tied up and left in the tightly sealed bag for at least 2 weeks. You should also vacuum the stuffed animals and the floor for any lice that may have fallen off your head while attached to a hair. Remember to throw away the vacuum bag once you have completed a through vacuuming of your home.
MYTHS ABOUT LICE:
- Lice love dirty hair…Not True, lice love clean hair
- You can get lice by standing next to someone who has lice…Not True, lice cannot jump
- If someone has lice, they are not clean and do not wash their hair…Again, not true. Anyone can get lice and it is not because they are not clean
*Parents if you suspect that your child may have lice, please t check their head. You can also come to the health office and have the nurse check for you.