A Message From Your School Nurse
Immunizations The school is required to have medical documentation of each student’s immunizations upon enrollment. Immunization requirements must be met prior to school entry. Under SB 277, exemptions based on personal beliefs, including religious beliefs, are no longer an option for the vaccines that are currently required. Personal beliefs exemptions on file for a child already attending child care or school will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) or 7th grade. Please let the school know when your child’s immunizations are updated. Should an update be needed, a note will be sent home. For school immunization information and requirements go to Shotsforschool.
Physical Exams are required at specified grade levels. Please refer to student enrollment information located on the Health Services website or school for information about school health requirements.
Medication at school requires written authorization. Forms are available from the school or Health Services website. Medication authorization forms must be signed by physician and parent. The medication must be in a pharmacy labeled container in order for the medication to be given at school. This also includes over-the-counter medications. Please provide school with extra medication in case of disasters.
To Prevent Spread of Illness, please keep your student home for 24 hours if he/she has been vomiting, had diarrhea or had a temperature over 100°F the night before or in the morning before school. Students must be fever-free, without medication, for 24 hours before returning to school. Please inform the school nurse when your student has a contagious illness.
Current Health and Contact Information is vital. Up-to-date health information, phone and cell numbers are essential in case your student becomes ill or injured at school or if there is a disaster. We strive to maintain confidentiality of all health records. Health information may be shared with appropriate staff as necessary. A School Emergency 911 call may incur paramedic and ambulance fees to the family. You may wish to consider accident and health insurance.
Health Screening is a function of the school nurse and is provided according to State requirements and when students are referred to the nurse. Dental, nutrition, height and weight screening may also be done. The parent/guardian will be notified if areas of concern are found. If you wish to “opt” out of health screenings for your child, please send a written note to the school nurse.
The school district participates in the California Medi-Cal Program for Local Education Agencies. This allows reimbursement to the district with federal Medi-Caid funds for selected medically necessary services provided to eligible students at school. In accordance with the local educational agency rules and guidelines, eligible student health data may be forwarded to the school district's billing agency, in accordance with confidentiality laws and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance. Services currently provided to all students will not be changed by this program. Students will not be denied services they require to attend school, and parents will not be billed for services by the school district.
The HOPE Clinic is a health center within the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. HOPE Clinic offers routine childhood immunizations, well child physical exams, tuberculosis screening, assistance with insurance and other resources. To make an appointment or for assistance, call 949-515-6725.
The School Nurse is the health expert at school and uses professional skills to support the well being and success of students. Please contact the school for more information or if your student has a health concern and you would like to consult with the school nurse. Check Health Services for more information.
Christy Craig, RN