Health Office

Mary Jane Nielsen - Health Office Clerk

Email: Nielsen.MaryJane@tusd.org
Phone: (310) 533-4527  ext. 8883

 

Magruder's Health Office is located inside the main office building just to the right of the reception area.

Our Health Clerk, Ms. Nielsen, is available to address any needs your student may have.  She has been at Magruder for over 12 years. Prior to joining the Magruder family, she spend over 25 years working in Torrance hospitals as a respiratory therapist.

A student may be sent up to the Health Office for a variety of reasons and needs.  The following are a few situations and protocals used.

Head Injuries
 If your child suffers a head injury they must come to the health office immediately.  We will evaluate, apply ice and call the parent/guardian to allow the student to talk with them.  The parent(s) will decide whether to pick up their child or allow them to return to class. A head injury form will be sent home to parents.  Please observe your child for signs of a concussion, sign the form and return to the attendance office.

Broken Bone
If a broken bone is suspected the parent is called immediately.  Ice is applied while they rest in the health office.

Injuries
Staff will evaluate injury when a student comes in with a scraped knee, stubbed fingers or cut for example. The wound will be cleaned, bandaged, and ice applied if necessary.  The student can rest and drink some water until they feel able to return to class. The student may always call their parent if they want to. Parents will always be called if injury warrants further medical attention.

Stomachache and Other Illness
Since every situation is different, student will be evaluated, temperature taken, and questions asked.  If no temperature and a student is feeling better they may go back to class. In other cases, and at student requests, parents will be called to take their student home.

DTaP is a vaccine that prevents three major diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough).

Current state law requires all students in public and private schools to have this immunization.  The only exception to this rule is if a doctor has given a written notice that the child has a medical reason that the vaccine cannot be given.

All students must provide the school with proof of this immunization before they can start their 7th grade year.  The office needs to see the student's immunization record or recieve a note from the physician documenting when the vaccine was given.  One dose on or after the 7th birthday will meet the vaccine requirement.

The Torrance Unified School District has strict rules on medications allowed on campus.  Over-the-counter drugs (example: aspirin, ibuprofen, allergy tablets) and prescribed medications are treated the same.

Parents must submit a physician signed Medication Authorization Form for all medications, including over-the-counter, that are brought to school.  Medications will be kept in the Heath Office and administered to students under the Health Clerk's supervision.

INHALERS:  Inhalers may be carried by the student if authorized by the doctor and a backup may be kept in the health office.  The student must fill out a "contract to carry" form. This form is a contract between the student, the doctor and the school which states that they use the medication properly, do not share, etc.  

End of School Year: All medications must be picked up at the end of the school year. All medication left after the end of school will be given to the district nurse to discard.

All 8th graders will be tested for vision and hearing.  This is usually done during the PE classes. You will be notified if any problems/issues are discovered during this screening.

Login to your PowerSchool account to update your contact information, add or update other emergency contacts and authorize who can pick up your student.

It is vitally important that you keep your emergency information current and complete.  There have been many situations where parents or family members are unable to be reached due to inaccurate information.  

Student Pickup: We can only release a student to someone who is authorized on the emergency list.  For example: a grandparent you may want to pickup your sick student cannot do so unless his or her is authorized in the student's file.

 

We always hope for 100 percent attendance.  But there are times when it is better to stay home and get well from a illness such as a cold and flu. Do not send student to school with a fever over 100 degrees: even if you student says they are feeling up to returning.

No Fever Rule
A student must be fever free (temperature over 100) free for 24 hours without any fever reducing medications.

Also, if a student is out for more than one week due to illness or injury a clearance note from the doctor should be brought in.