Nurse Contact Information
Debra Hopkins, RN, RCSN - Kastner School Nurse
Shannon Balderas - Health Services Assistant
Keep emergency info updated with current home and work telephone numbers. Provide names and phone numbers of relatives or friends who should be contacted if a parent is unable to be reached. With very busy schedules, it is often difficult to reach a parent or responsible adult when students become ill or injured. Keep your child posted on your whereabouts. A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN must sign electronically the authorization allowing the school to seek emergency treatment for their child. This signature allows the school to give information to emergency medical services and teachers.
First Aid, Illness, & Injuries
If a student becomes ill or injured at school, he/she will receive every care and consideration. Parents will be contacted for injuries of a serious nature or if a student is too ill to remain at school. Injuries which occur at home should be cared for at home. The nurse is always happy to consult with parents regarding health problems. After an extended illness, communicable disease or injury, the student should follow up with the school nurse. If your child has one of the following, he/she should be kept at home:
- Illness with fever of 100 or greater within the last 24 hours
- Initiation of antibiotics within the past 24 hours
Contagious Disease Policy
Clovis Unified School District follows California Education Code guidelines for students with infectious or contagious disease. Clovis High School asks parents’/guardians’ cooperation in keeping students out of school and school activities if there is reason to believe he/she has a contagious disease (see CUSD: Student and Parent Rights and Responsibilities for policies and regulations).
NO SHOTS, NO ADMITTANCE
Most students entering intermediate and high school have completed their immunization requirements for entrance into school. Required immunizations are as follows: Polio (IPV/OPV-series and booster, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (DPT, DTap, Tdap,) series and booster, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) – two doses, Hepatitis B (HEP B)-series of three doses, Varicella (chicken pox) at least one but two is recommended, Tuberculosis Screening – a Mantoux TB skin test (PPD) is required for all students entering a CUSD school for the first time. A repeat PPD may also be required if your student has been out of the United States after starting a CUSD school.
Other immunizations which are recommended: Human Papaloma Virus (HPV) recommended for females ages 9-11; however, if not received during this age group, it is still recommended and available to older teens, Meningitis (Menactra) is recommended for all college students living in dorms.
Students may NOT carry medications on campus. All medication must be clearly labeled and is to be kept in the Health Office in a locked cabinet. The only exception to this policy is an inhaler. All medication including inhalers, prescription meds, and over-the-counter meds are to be reviewed by the school nurse. A Medication at School form signed by the parent and physician must be presented to the school nurse for all medication to be administered at school and renewed each academic school year. The Health Office does not keep medication for general student use.
Education Code Section 49423 defines certain requirements for administration of medication,"……any pupil who is required to take, during the regular school day, medication prescribed for him/her by a physician, may be assisted by the school nurse or other designated school personnel if the school district receives
- a written statement from such physician detailing the method, amount, and time schedules by which such medication is to be taken and;
- a written statement from the parent or guardian of the pupil indicating the desire that the school district assist the pupil in the matter set forth in the physician's statement."
- Medications for off-campus activities (field trips, Grad Nite, etc.) require additional authorization. See Nurse.
Hearing and Vision Screening
Special Health Needs
If your child has special needs, i.e., diabetes, asthma, seizure disorder, bee sting allergy, food allergy, chronic illness, or physical limitations, please contact the school nurse BEFORE the FIRST week of school. Current medical orders for medication or PE modifications are needed each year.