Parents must submit emergency information at the start of each school year and update phone numbers when they change! In order to properly care for students and notify parents when a student is ill or injured, California Education Code 49403 requires that all parents submit emergency information with their home phone, work phone, and emergency contacts at the beginning of each school year. The health history is part of the Online Registration process. It is important to provide us with information about any health condition, including any medications. This information enables staff to care for students' health needs, and it is needed for any emergency personnel who may be called in to care for your student. Students' health information is confidential and will only be shared with staff on a "need to know basis".
If a student is injured or ill, and the school does not have local emergency numbers that can be contacted, the school may be forced to call 911 for treatment at the parent's expense.
Please list at least two or three local numbers of people who could care for your student if you are not available. Students should be able to be picked up by the parent or designee within 15-20 minutes after receiving a call from the Health Office. If a parent is reached via phone, they may designate someone other than who is listed on the emergency contacts to pick up their student. An emergency contact cannot designate someone other that who is on the list, to pick up the student.
If the parent and emergency contact(s) are unable to be reached and it is a non-911 situation, school administrators will determine the appropriate action. This can include housing the student in the health office until a parent or emergency contact is reached, contacting 911 if the injury or illness needs immediate medical treatment, or referring the situation to the police department for the possible temporary care of the student if a parent (or designee) is unable to come in a reasonable amount of time.
Ill or Injured Students
Temecula Valley Unified School District recognizes that students may become ill or injured at school.
The following are guidelines as to when a student should be picked up. The list is not inclusive of all conditions or reasons a student may need to be sent home:
- Fever of 100 degrees or greater.
- Significant respiratory complaints (repeated coughing, wheezing or other upper respiratory symptoms).
- Rash of unknown cause that is systemic in nature or accompanied by a fever.
- Suspected conjunctivitis (red, itchy eyes with exudate or inflamed conjunctiva)
- Contagious conditions such as untreated ringworm, head lice, impetigo, etc.
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Any suspected fracture (unless a finger injury or other minor injury that the parent requests the student to remain in school). Obvious displaced fractures or students who are in significant discomfort, must be picked up.
- Head injury with any symptoms of concussion, if symptoms are severe 911 will be called.
- Cuts or gashes that are deep or large, underlying structures are visible, or bleeding is not controlled within 5 minutes.
Students who are ill or injured are not generally allowed to walk/drive home. This is for the student's safety (if they are too sick to stay in class, they generally would be considered too sick to walk/drive home). Parents are expected to pick the student up within 15-30 minutes or have an approved local contact who can come on their behalf. If the student has an elevated fever or other concern that may require medical attention, the school may be forced to call 911, if no parent or emergency contact is able to be reached within a timely period and medical attention is needed. School staff are not permitted to transport students.
Parents ~ Students should NOT be sent to school if any of the following are present:
- Fever of 100 or higher
- Nausea with or without vomiting
- Pain that is not controlled
- Flu symptoms
- Infectious conjunctivitis (pink eye). This requires evidence of an physician visit.
Parents ~ Students MAY return to school:
- Once they are fever free for 24 hours without being on medication
- No vomiting for past 24 hours
- No diarrhea for 24 hours
- Infectious Conjunctivitis after student has been on antibiotic treatment for 24 hours and symptoms have subsided.