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Health Office

Welcome to Edison Elementary School's Health Office!

On this page you will find valuable information about your student's

health and well-being while at Edison. 

Please don't hesitate to contact Heidi Kolden if you have questions.

Be well!

Medication at School

If your child requires medication while at school, we will need several items.

 

There has been an change! 

If your child requires either an Asthma Inhaler or an Epi Pen, we have a change in the forms needed.

- if your child has asthma, we will need only the Asthma Action Plan, or an AAP.

- if your child has a food allergy, we will need only a Food Allergy Action Plan, or a FAAP.

both of these forms can be pulled down from the list on the right.

 

The Permit to Give Medication at School form, which can also be found at the right, is for any other medication that needs to be given to a student either on a recurring basis, or on occasion.  This must be filled out completely, and signed by your doctor.  It will be valid one year from the date written by your child's physician.  Only one form for each medication is allowed. 

 

Additional Information:

* Any change in medication requires a new form.  

 

All Medication

* All medications, must come with their original container, and must include the prescription number.  The medication cannot be expired.  If the medication expires in the middle of the school year, you must replace the medication to allow us to continue to support your child.

If your physician completes a Permit and the medication is Over the Counter, (OTC), such as Benadryl, for example, we will need the form filled out completely, with the physicians signature, and again, the item cannot be expired.  

 

 

If your child is allowed by your doctor to carry their medications on their person:

You must bring the medication and forms to the office, along with the forms for processing by Heidi Kolden.

She will give the medication, along with a copy of the proper forms back to you, or to your student. 

The student must carry the forms with the medication at all times they have it within their possession.

 

Please call the office at 510-748-4002, or contact Heidi Kolden at hkolden@alameda.k12.ca.us,  if you have any questions.

 

If your child will be taking medications for a short term (2 weeks or less), (such as an antibiotic), please see below for information regarding that process.

When should a student be kept home?

Questions about when a student should be sent home, or stay home?

 

AUSD's policy is that if a student has a temperature of 100 or more, they must stay home, or go home.

If they vomit, they have to remain at home, or if they are currently at school, they must go home.  

Also, they must be fever free for 24 hours before they can return.

 

If your child has a cold, but no fever, they can come to school.

Call the office if you have any other questions!  510-748-4002

What About Lice & Nits?

AUSD policy on nits and lice has changed.  We allow students who have nits to stay for the remainder of the day.  If they have live lice, they must go home immediately.  The following morning, after being notified of having either nits or lice, the students must be cleared to return to the classroom by Heidi Kolden, in the Health Office.  

You can arrive at the office at 8am, and she will check you in as soon as possible.  They may re-enter school if they have nits, but if they have lice, they must return home.  Checks for students will be performed only once per day. 

 

Lice facts:

  • Lice have been part of the human experience for probably millions of years.
  • Lice can not fly or jump, they can only crawl. Lice can not survive off a human head for more than 24-48 hours.
  • Lice do not carry or transmit diseases.
  • Newly hatched lice (nymphs) can not reproduce for 7 days.
  • Lice are species-specific, they do not live on animals other than humans.
  • Lice are not a result of poor hygiene.

 

What does this mean:

  1. It is extremely unlikely that we will be able to stop the spread of lice in our community.
  2. It requires close contact of longer than a few seconds for lice to be able to transfer to another head. This is the kind of contact that often happens during sleepovers or play dates when two kids are playing together for prolonged periods, not the kind of contact that frequently happens in schools.
  3. At the start of every school week there are no live lice present in the school.
  4. While they are definitely a nuisance they are not cause for concerns about infectious diseases.
  5. There is no need to treat your pets in any way.

 

Nit facts:

  • Nits take 5-10 days to hatch.
  • Nits can only hatch while attached to a human head.
  • Once a nit falls off a hair it can not re-attach to another head.
  • Nits are eggs and can not jump, fly, or crawl.
  • Nits found more than ¼ inch away from the scalp are empty egg casings.

 

What does this mean:

  1. Nit removal can help in the eradication of a lice problem, but killing live lice is paramount.
  2. Nit removal can help in preventing confusion regarding recurrence or continuation of a lice outbreak.
  3. Nits on carpets, chair covers, pillows, stuffed animals, etc. are effectively dead (if they aren’t already empty).

Short Term Medication Form Procedures

Short Term Medication Form

  • If your child will be taking a short term, physician prescribed medication, we have simplified the process!
  • The parent or guardian must fill out the Short Term Medication form completely and sign it. (which is downloadable under "health forms" section)
  • The duration of the medication must be for two weeks or less.
  • Bring the medication, in the original packaging with the RX label, along with the form, to the office. 
  • If the medication needs to be used at home, it should be dropped off daily by an adult, and picked up by an adult. 
  • We cannot allow a student to carry any medication.
  • If they attend after or before care, please inform them, as we can work out a transfer.
  • Contact Heidi Kolden if you have questions.

Measles Prevention

Attached is a letter to the community regarding the measles from the Director of Student Services, Kelly Lara.

 

If there is any case of the measles in Alameda that impacts schools, it will first be confirmed by the Alameda County Health Department They will investigate and determine what the next steps are.  They will notify AUSD and direct us if we are to exclude any unimmunized students from the specific school.  We are prepared with lists of all students who are unimmunized by school and by grade level should we need it.

 

Please remember, wash your hands, cover your cough and stay home when too ill to come to school.

 

Please click here for the attached letter. 

 

Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention: Measles

Health Forms

Click on any of the forms listed below to view or download the correct form.

 

Asthma or Allergy Forms Needed

Asthma: Asthma Action Plan

Food Allergy Action Plan

 

Medications to be held in Health Office:

AUSD Medication Policy

Permit to Give Medications at School

Seizure Action Plan

Preventing Measles

Preventing Measles in AUSD

Short Term Medications:

Short Term Medication Permission Form

Head Lice Information:

Head Lice Information

Food Allergy Information

Food Allergy Action Plan

Proof of Medical Exam: 

Health Exam for School Entry

Proof of Dental Exam: 

Oral Health Assessment Info K

Oral Health Form & Waiver

Immunization

Immunization Intervals