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Nurse

The JSerra Nurse’s Office provides students and school staff with basic health care, first aid, and health counseling that emphasizes illness prevention. It is staffed with one full-time R.N. and three part time R.N.’s.

Your student has a right to privacy and confidentiality of health records and information. This includes maintaining student's health records and files in a confidential manner and sharing information appropriately.

NOTE: the Nurse's Office provides a confidential setting to discuss private matters. All efforts are made to keep health matters and information confidential and secure.

The Nurse's Office is located in the administration area of Building #1.

Health questions and/or concerns from our JSerra families are encouraged. Please feel free to contact the Nurse's Office at (949) 493-9028 or fax (949) 493-2763, or email us at nurse@jserra.org. The Nurse's Office is open during regular school hours.

Important Health Issues

The Nurse's Golden Rule

Please be considerate to our JSerra Community and keep ill students at home. Your student must be FEVER FREE for 24 hours WITHOUTmedication before returning to school.

The Nurse's Office Protocol

Click here for pertinent information all parents/guardians need to know regarding the Nurse's Office.

ASTHMA

Asthma, a respiratory disease of the lungs, is the most common serious chronic disease of childhood. If your student has a diagnosis of Asthma, please have them see their physician during the summer to submit to the Nurse's Office the following items:

  1. The Parent Physician Request for Medication signed by both the parent and physician if they will be carrying an Inhaler with them during the school day or for athletics. This form is required for them to carry their inhaler.
  2. We suggest you have the nurse keep a second Inhaler in the Nurse's Office. Please keep all medication in it's original container with the student's name on it.

DIABETES

For any student diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, you are required to see the Nurse and sign a diabetic contract one week prior to attending school. Please bring your student's physician's orders along with a diabetic supply in containers for daily and 3-day. Download the Diabetic Supplies Checklist.

You are also responsible for letting the Nurse's Office know when your student's medical status and/or medication have been changed.

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

Find out which immunizations are required for admission into school here.

ADMINISTERING MEDICATIONS

Every parent/guardian has the opportunity to check the over-the-counter (OTC) medications listed on their student's medical section of the Online Application or Emergency Contact Health Information Form.

PLEASE NOTE: if the medications are not checked no medications will be administered to the student during school hours. All medication is dispensed out of the Nurse's Office.

If your student needs to take any prescription medication including an Inhaler/Epipen at JSerra or on any JSerra-sponsored retreat or Field Trip you and your student's physician needs to fill out the Parent/Physician Request for Medication form. These will stay on file for the remainder of this school year. Please fax this form to us at 949.493.2763. All medication needs to be in its original container with the student's name.

HEADACHES? NEED GOOD NUTRITION

Did you ever wonder why your student is getting mid-morning headaches? Many students are unaware why it’s so important to eat a good breakfast. If you calculate that most students have their dinner meal between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., by the next morning it has been approximately 10-14 hours since their bodies have received any nutrition. Furthermore, many of them feel breakfast is a cup of coffee and/or a pop tart or piece of fruit. Without the proper nutrition the body reacts with headaches, stomachaches, dizziness, lightheadedness and shakiness.

If time becomes the problem have them carry a protein bar and apple that will help provide some balanced nutrition while eating “on the run." Protein powder that can be mixed with milk or juice is also a good alternative for the student rushing in the morning. These are balanced mixtures of protein and carbohydrates that are pleasant to drink and beneficial to your health. If you’re an athlete, your demands for protein are even higher so missing a meal will not replenish your needs for muscle and bone repair.

Carrying 25 pound backpacks, running from building to building and trying to focus in class becomes difficult without eating a good breakfast. The trick is to make sure you start with a good breakfast that includes protein, carbohydrates, good fats and adequate hydration. This will help to reduce the need for pain medication used for headaches and help their scholastic performance.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE FLU

Every year students experience the seasonal flu in and outside of the school environment. Click here to read the information regarding the tips you can follow to diminish and/or avoid complications during these seasons.

Is it the Cold or Flu? Help differentiate the two by clicking here to help determine the difference (in English and Spanish).

Click here to read Dr. Oz's Alternative Approach to staying well during this season.

COMMON CONTAGIOUS DISEASES

These require a "doctor's note" that treatment has been started and/or they no longer have symptoms before the student is allowed back in school. Please give the note to the Nurse's Office or Attendance the day the student comes back to school.

Allergic Conjunctivitis (aka "Pink Eye)

A student must see their physician and may not return to school for 24 hours until they have begun antibiotic treatment. Please click here for more information.

Strep Throat

Strep Throat is a bacterial infection of the throat. It is spread from person-to-person contact with nasal secretions or saliva. Symptoms can include red, sore throat w/or w/o white patches, high fever on the second day, headache, chills, and/or difficulty swallowing. The student must see the doctor and get a "strep test" to determine if they have the bacteria. Antibiotics need to be started immediately in order for the student to return to school the next day.

Mononucleosis (Mono)

Mononucleosis (Mono) is a respiratory tract viral infection causing fever, sore throat and swollen lymph glands in the neck. It is spread by saliva. It occurs most often in ages 15-17. It can be linked to the Epstein-Barr (EBV) virus or caused by Cytomegalovirus (CMV). Incubation period is 30-50 days. Students are excluded from school until student is symptom free along with being fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication. When returning to school we suggest a gradual re-entry. Some students feel better in the morning and can attend 1-2 classes initially and build up to their entire load of classes gradually.

Head Lice

Head lice is a common parasitic insect found on the head and scalp. Anyone who comes in close contact with someone who already has head lice or contact with clothing or other personal items (such as brushes or towels) that belong to an infested person is at risk for an infestation. Please consider an outside service to treat lice.

HAND, FOOT, AND MOUTH DISEASE

We have had at least three cases of Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease (HFMD) at the school. According to the CDC, this is a very contagious illness that presents itself with symptoms in various stages that include:

  • Fever
  • Decreased appetite
  • Sore throat that includes painful sores/blisters that usually begin as flat red spots
  • A rash with flat red spots that can also become blisters on the palms/soles of hands/feet and sometimes other parts of the body.

The most contagious period is the first week of the illness and can run from 7-10 days in most individuals. There have been rare incidents with an infected person developing viral meningitis or complications of encephalitis or polio-like paralysis.

how hfmd is spread

  • Throat and nasal secretions from saliva, sputum, nasal discharge and contact with blisters
  • Close contact with infected person when coughing, sneezing, kissing, hugging, and touching objects or surfaces that could contain the virus
  • Coming in contact with feces of infected person

Treatment

  • Take fever-reducing medication and pain relievers such as Tylenol and Advil.
  • Keep hydrated.

Prevention

  • Wash your hands after dealing with infected person’s body fluids.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes without washing your hands first.
  • Do not share drinks with or use eating utensils, kiss or hug infected person(s).
  • Disinfect often any surfaces or objects that have been used by the infected person.

OUR DOCTOR’S NOTE

If there isn’t progression with additional lesions in the oral cavity, hands or feet and as long as the student takes normal hygiene precautions (hand washing, covering their cough, not sharing items), they should be able to return to school and sports. This is usually one week after onset of symptoms and they are improving.

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