FAQs on Student Health
How can I tell if my child is too sick to go to school?
The policy of the Simi Valley Unified School District is that a student must be free from fever and/or vomiting for at least 24 hours before returning to school following an illness.
For longer absences:
If your child is going to miss 3 or more days of school, please call the Health Office to request homework. If it's expected that your child will be out for 3 weeks or more, please call right away to find out about home teaching.
Diabetes, and other significant medication situations:
Please call the Health Office as additional consents may be needed. We must have current orders from your doctor for your student to have insulin, glucagon, EPI pens, or other medications at school.
What if my student doesn’t feel well and wants to come home?
If your child is feeling sick, please have them check in at the Health Office. Often times, just a short rest or a little snack is all they need to get back to class. We check their temperature and other symptoms before we call you, so you can better judge if you need to call the doctor.
Student Illnesses or Injuries
If your child becomes ill or is injured at school, we will make him/her comfortable and then call you immediately. If we cannot reach you, we will use the emergency contact information you have provided. In case of a serious accident, we will call 911. Please remember that we cannot keep ill children at school. If your child is sick, please keep them at home. Students must be fever-free for 24 hours, without the benefit of Tylenol, before returning to school.
Every year, parents/guardians are required to complete and update your child's health records and other authorizations in each child's Aeries account. This is where our staff looks when we have questions or concerns about your child's medical status and it is vitally important that this information is updated at least annually. This is also where we can see who you have named as your emergency contacts. If your student is sick or injured, we will always try to contact you first. If we are unable to reach you, we will then contact those on your emergency list who are authorized to pick up or release your child from school. Office staff is trained in First Aid and CPR. If your child is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, we will call 911 for assistance and then notify a parent/guardian.
Please review and update the medical information in your child's Aeries account at the beginning of each school year and as needed throughout the year. Please note any severe allergies to foods or medications; chronic or recurrent illnesses; and what medications your student is taking. Current information is helpful as it may affect your student's schoolwork and their safety. Please call our office if you have any questions or concerns.
If your student needs to be at school with crutches, casts, ace bandages, orthopedic appliances, etc... as a result of an accident or injury, the parent/guardian and doctor must complete the Simi Valley Unified School District release forms. These forms are available in the school office. Students may not participate in physical education, recess or be on the playground before or after school until a written release by a doctor is received.
School personnel may assist a student who is required to take medication prescribed for him/her by a physician upon condition that:
- A written statement from the physician, detailing the method, amount and time such medication is to be taken, is submitted to the school office.
- A written statement from the parent or guardian of the pupil, indicating the desire that such assistance be provided, is submitted to the school office. No medication will be given until these written statements are provided to the school office.
- Forms are available in the school office or on the links to the right.
- Medication must be in its original container
All medication brought on campus, under the terms of this regulation, will be safely stored in the school office, in a place not available to pupils. Students may not carry* medication at any time. Office personnel are not allowed to dispense medication of any kind without a doctor’s note as stated above. This includes prescription medication as well as over-the-counter items such as aspirin, cough drops, skin creams, etc...
*Asthma Exception: If your student is old enough and you provide a doctor's note saying that he/she has been trained to use his/her inhaler, the student may carry it. The doctor's note MUST be provided with this information. Inhalers are kept in the health office otherwise, and also require a doctor's note as does any medication taken during the school day and administered by the staff.
If you discover a lice infestation, please contact the school office immediately.
All information is confidential, however, it is imperative that we inform you of the proper procedures for treatment and for readmission to school.
In recent years lice has become very resistant to customary treatments. A child must be “nit free” to return to school. The shampoos will not kill all the nits and the combs will not remove all of them. Hair must be sectioned off and the nits pulled out with the fingernails. If this is not done, reinfestation will occur.
With communication and cooperation we can, hopefully, keep the problem to a minimum. Thank you for your help.