Health and Wellness Services
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, including COVID, should be reported to the school office so that exposure notices may be sent to 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.
Nursing Services: MPCSD Nurses Care
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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]
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.
Head Lice (Pediculosis Capitis)
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.
Shots for School: California's website about shots required for students in order to attend school.
24-Hour Emergency Phone Numbers: Includes phone numbers for agencies such as the California Poison Control System and the Youth Crisis Hotline.