Head Lice Requirements for Treatment
Please click the link, Head Lice Requirements for Treatment to review pertinent information.
Related information at the following links: Head Lice Note to Parents and New Head Lice Exposure Letter.
Pertussis in Orange County
Because of the number of cases of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) that are occurring in this county, the Orange County Department of Health asks all parents to read the Pertussis School Letter. Perhas you are aware that the law changed regarding Pertussis and all of our students entering grade 7 should have had a recent Tdap immunization. Our compliance has been excellent, but we need to continue to be vigilant and assure that parents are informed.
Marcia Noonan, RN, MSN, MEd
Health Services Coordinator
Irvine Unified School District>
Orange County and California are currently experiencing an increase in measles cases with more cases expected to occur over the next several months. Measles is an acute infection caused by the measles virus. It is very contagious and spreads easily through the air. Simply being in the same room with someone who has measles is enough to become infected as it spreads mainly through respiratory droplets in the air. Infected individuals are most contagious from about 4 days before the rash starts until 4 days afterwards.
Routine measles vaccination of children in the U.S. has made measles a rare disease here. However, measles is still seen in this country, usually associated with a visitor or traveler coming to the U.S. from other countries. Individuals who have not received the measles vaccine are particularly vulnerable at times of measles outbreaks and should take special care against exposure to this virus. Approximately 20% of reported measles cases experience one or more complications. These complications are more common in children under 5 and adults over 20 and can range from very serious to life threatening.
The measles virus is so contagious that it can spread rapidly once introduced and cause outbreaks, especially in schools or day care settings. Please make sure that you and your families are immunized against measles, and remember that good hand washing is the best prevention against the spread of communicable diseases. Further information can be found at http://ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/dcepi/eepi/disease/measles
Letter from the School Nurse
School attendance is vital to the success of your child; however, unexpected illnesses and injuries do occur. In order to assist you in determining when an absence from school will be necessary for your child, see the link below for a copy of IUSD Parent Illness and Injury Guidelines for School Attendance..
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that students are not permitted to have any medication on school campus, whether prescription or non-prescription, without a parent’s written permission AND a physician’s order. If your child requires any medication during school hours, either regularly or on an as-needed basis, please bring the medication and the completed Request for Medication Administration Form (link below) to the health office.
Please be aware that if your student sustains an injury that requires crutches or a wheelchair on campus, we do need a note of clearance from the doctor, indicating that the device has been prescribed and the student is able to safely use it.
If you have any question or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Krista Elliott, RN BN
IUSD School Nurse
Students must show they're in compliance with California immunization laws and Irvine Unified School District Policy 5141.31 to attend school. A copy of the student's current immunization record must be on file, at school.
For immunization forms and other Health information, click IUSD Health Services.
Links to Forms and Notifications
Pease click links below to read important health services updates from the Springbrook Elementary School Nurse.
It's Cold and Flu Season
Excerpt from November 2013 Nurse News
It’s not always easy to tell the difference between a cold and the flu, but here are some general symptoms that may help differentiate between them:
CLICK HERE to read the latest issue of Nurse's News which inlcludes information regarding when to keep your child home from school. Also, our School Nurse, Krista Elliott, RN offers some helpful tips to prevent the spread of the colds and the flu along with advice regarding when to keep your children home.