Pupils attending school should be in good physical health, without signs of contagious diseases. Parents are asked to keep their sick children home until all signs of contagiousness such as vomiting, diarrhea and fevers have subsided, medication free, for 24 hours. Communicable diseases should be reported to the school office so that exposure notices may be sent home with classmates. Basic first aid will be provided by designated school personnel. For more complex injuries and illnesses, parents will be notified and students must be picked up from school immediately. There is a no live lice policy - see Board Policy BP 5141.33 for more information. The district provides vision and hearing screenings for all Kindergarten, 2nd, 5th and 8th grade students each year, and for students referred by staff or parents.
Medication at School
If prescribed or over-the-counter medications are to be administered or taken during school hours, a Medication Authorization Form must be completed and returned to the school office with medication(s) before your child begins or returns to school. The student's parent/guardian and authorized health care provider must indicate on the authorization form if the student is allowed to carry and self-administer medication. For students who carry their own medication, it is recommended to have back-up medication in the school office. All medication must be in the original prescription bottle/package. Authorization forms must be completed annually. [California Education Codes 49423 and 49423.1]
Health in the MPCSD
Welcome!The District's Lice Policy
The District policy is a "no live lice" policy. This policy reflects the current recommendations of the California Department of Public Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Association of School Nurses.
Additional Web Links
The Special Education web pages include web links to a variety of sites that contain health-related information. In addition, the Student Services Lending Library contains a number of books on topics related to children's health.It's Flu Season!
Dear Parents/ Guardians,
To help keep our students and staff healthy during cold and flu season, we ask you to report all illnesses, and to keep your children home when they are sick.
Your child needs to stay at home when he/she has:
- Any contagious disease
- Nausea or vomiting within the last 24 hours
- Temperature over 100 degrees F. Temperature needs to be normal for 24 hours before returning to school
- Frequent coughing or very runny nose
- Diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- Sore throat
- Severe headache
- Skin rash – ALL rashes must be diagnosed by a doctor
- Open sores, unless the area can be covered with a dressing
- Earache, tooth ache or other severe pain
Consider ramping up your immune system and environmental defenses with the following suggestions:
- Remind children to wash their hands often with soap and water or alcohol hand cleaner, and avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Click here for information on proper handwashing.
- Get a flu vaccine. San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow recommends that all individuals six months of age and older be vaccinated against influenza.
- Drink lots of water (8 glasses is a good target).
- Get plenty of rest.
- Stay away from people who are sick.
- Clean surfaces in your house regularly using a bleach-based household cleaner, as directed on the product label.
The school realizes that helping us to maintain a safe classroom takes a certain amount of effort and diligence on your part, and we thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us maintain a safe, healthy environment for all of our students!Click here for information about the flu and how to protect yourself and your family.Stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick- Cover your Cough!