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Health Services

Health Services

The health program is based on the concept of attaining optimum health care for all students and school personnel. It includes maintenance of a safe, sanitary and healthy school environment. Health Services provide students with counseling and guidance concerning individual health needs, promotes good health habits, aides in the control of contagious diseases through re-admissions, exclusions and immunizations. Caring for injured persons or those who become ill at school, and maintaining necessary health records and serving as a resource for health instruction are also part of Health Services.

Health Services Include:

  • Vision Screening
  • Dental Screening
  • Hearing Screening
  • Scoliosis Screening
  • Child Health Disability Prevention Program (1st grade physicals)
  • Referrals to Community Medical, Dental, Vision and Immunization Services

Immunizations

Students will not be admitted to school without adequate immunizations against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, Hepatitis B, Varicella and tetanus. Kindergarten students must show a birth certificate and written documentation of having had a Mantoux tuberculosis test at the time of admission or one year prior to admission. All students are required to have a physical within three months after entering first grade.

Prescribed Medication for Pupils

Any student who is required to take medication prescribed by a physician will be assisted by the school nurse or another authorized school employee if the school receives:

  • A district form completed by a physician telling the purpose and name of the medication, the method of taking medication, the amount and the time schedule for administering the medication.
  • Permission section completed by the parent or guardian.
  • This form is used for all medications, including cough drops, throat lozenges, aspirin, allergy, and cold tablets.

See school Health Aide for district forms and requirements regarding medications.

No student is permitted to have medication of ANY KIND in their possession while on campus.

Special Pupil Medication

The parent or guardian of any pupil who is on a continuing medication program is required by law to tell the school about the medication being taken, the amount taken and the name of the supervising physician. With the parents or guardians consent, the district nurse may then talk with the students doctor and inform other school staff members about possible effects of the medication on the students behavior.

AB2260/Healthy School Act

The purpose of AB 2260 is to ensure that effective least toxic pest management practices are used to manage pests at school sites in order to reduce exposure to toxic pesticides. AB 2260 requires parental notification of pesticide application, warning signs, record keeping at schools, and pesticide use reporting by licensed pest control businesses that apply pesticides at school.

Student Insurance

The Palmdale School District does not provide medical or dental insurance to pupils injured on school premises or during school activities. This means that you are responsible for the medical bills if your child gets injured during school activities. Plans are offered from Myers-Stevens & Toohey & Co. at 800-827-4695.