If your student has asthma, please have your primary care provider or specialist fill out this Asthma Action Plan or a similar document, and bring the completed forms to the nurse prior to the start of the school year.
If your student has diabetes, please have you primary care provider or specialist complete the Diabetes Medical Management Plan (DMMP)or a similar document completed by your provider, and return the plan to then nurse prior to the start of the school year.
Parker takes student safety very seriously. We make every attempt to prepare students and staff in the event of an emergency. As such, throughout the school year on both the Linda Vista and Mission Hills campuses drills will be held. These drills include: earthquake drills, fire drills and lockdown drills. Please call our head of risk management with any questions or concerns.
Parker takes life-threatening food allergies seriously and has provided a nut-free cafe (with the exception of a separate peanut butter sandwich table away from all other foods on the Linda Vista campus and premade peanut sandwiches handed out by cafeteria staff in Mission Hills campus). Parents are asked to inform the school nurse if their student has any food allergies. This information will be shared with staff as warranted to ensure student safety.
Additionally, parents are asked to provide at least two epinephrine autoinjectors to school in case of an anaphylactic episode. Please note that staff will do the following in case of an anaphylactic event: 1. Administer the epinephrine to the student 2. Call 9-1-1 3. Notify parents of situation.
Parents are asked to have their physician or specialist fill out a food allergy action plan and bring that completed plan to the school nurse prior to the start of the school year or upon diagnosis of anaphylaxis. A sample food allergy action plan is below. Also, please have your provider or specialist fill out the Parent/Guardian and Physician Request for Medication form, one for each medication to be administered at school.
Finally, if you would like your student to carry an epinephrine autoinjector on his person while at school, please complete a Permission to Carry an Epinephrine Autoinjector form and return the completed form to the school nurse prior to the start of the school year.
If your student has a seizure disorder, please take this Seizure Action Planto your primary care provider or specialist, have them fill it out or a similar form and return to the nurse. Please keep the nurse updated to any changes in the student's care plan.
Acute illness and injuries: An acute illness or injury is one that starts suddenly, but is short-lived. Parents are asked to inform the school nurse if their student has an acute illness that is considered communicable. Additionally, parents are asked to reach out to the school nurse if their student needs assistance in school while experiencing an acute illness or injury. Finally, if there is any question about whether their student should attend school, parents are asked to call the school nurse (see document on When to Keep Your Student Home From School). Examples of acute illnesses are: a cold, flu syndrome, strep throat, acute sinusitis, ear infection and bladder infection. Examples of acute injuries are: minor strains or sprains, minor burns, minor abrasions/lacerations.
The school nurse will be contacted when a student is observed by fellow students or staff members to have an injury or illness that is of concern. The nurse will examine the student, document the findings concerning the injury or illness, and take the appropriate actions based on the results of the assessment. Appropriate referrals will be made as warrented. This may include parents, the psychologist and/or administration.
Suspicious or self-inflicted injuries: With the understanding that each situation is unique and will be handled on a case by case basis regarding what is in the best interest of the health and safety of a Parker student, a guideline has been established to assist students who may have sefl-inflicted or suspicious injuries.
This policy states: If a student is examined by the school nurse, and unexplained or suspected self-inflicted injuries are noted, the Division Head and psychologist will be notified. Additionally, if staff or students report observing injuries on a student who has also been observed to express significant emotional distress, the Division Head and the psychologist will be notified.
Once concerns have been reported, the Division Head and psychologist will meet privately with the student to discuss reported issues. Should it become evident that the student has engaged in self-injurous behaviors, the Division Head will then contact parents unless such action would be contraindicated by the specific circumstances.
Chronic illnesses and injuries: A chronic illness is one that lasts a long time and often develops slowly. Some examples of chronic illnesses are: diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and some seizure disorders. Please see samples of individual health care plans for diabetes, asthma, epilepsy and a general form which can be customized in the subsections below. A chronic injury is one with lasting effects. Some examples of chronic injury are: serious traumatic brain injury (concussion) and severe strain/sprains. Please see the section on concussion within this document.
Parents are asked to contact the school nurse if their student has a chronic health condition. An individualized health care plan can be formulated so Parker can best meet the student's needs. A sample of an individualized health care plan can be found here.
According to the Center for Disease Control, a communicable disease is an illness caused by an infectious agent or its toxins that occurs through the direct or indirect transmission of the infectious agent or its products from an infected individual or via an animal, vector or the inanimate environment to a susceptible animal or human host. Communicable disease include things such as chicken pox, mononucleosis, MRSA, head lice and influenza.
Unfortunately, schools are places where communicable diseases can be spread. Parents are asked to report a diagnosed communicable disease to the school nurse. Information about that disease, without specifying which student has the disease, may be distributed to parents and staff if warrented.
Parents are asked to keep students home from school if they appear ill, have a rash, are vomiting, have diarrhea or have a fever. Students are to stay home from school until they are fever free for twenty-four hours to reduce the spread of disease (please see link to When To Keep A Sick Student Home from School). Subsections under this communicable disease section cover the most common communicable diseases found in a school setting.
The California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Act, Education Code sections 51930-51939, provides pupils with "the knowledge and skills necessary to protect his or her sexual and reproductive health from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases" and encourages "a pupil to develop healthy attitudes concerning adolescent growth and development, body image, gender roles, sexual orientation, dating, marriage, and family". HIV/AIDS instruction is mandated at least once in middle school and at least once in high school. Comprehensive sexual health instruction is not mandated but has specific guidelines to be followed when taught starting in middle school. HIV/AIDS prevention education means instruction on the nature of HIV/AIDS, methods of transmission, strategies to reduce the risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, and social and public health issues related to HIV/AIDS. Comprehensive sexual health education means education regarding human development and sexuality, including education on pregnancy, family planning, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Parker teaches both HIV/AIDS prevention courses and comprehensive sexual health classes as specified in the Education Code. These courses are offered in both middle school and upper school. Schedules vary although in upper school courses are generally conducted during PE classes and in middle school week-long assemblies are often offered on a variety of topics three times a year.
Employees in an educational setting are considered mandated reporters by law, therefore any incident that constitutes reasonable suspicion of abuse or neglect will be immediately reported to Parker's student safety coordinator and the Division Head. The staff member to whom the disclosure was made or who suspects there is abuse and/or neglect, will, with the assistance of the student safety coordinator and the Division Head, contact the appropriate authorities such as Child Protective Services, to report the suspected abuse. Parents are encouraged to report to the appropriate authorities if they suspect child abuse and/or neglect. Parents are always welcome to consult with Parker staff members if they have questions or concerns about a student.
Any student who is suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be sent to the school nurse for evaluation. If results of the assessment indicate that the student is exhibiting physiological symptoms consistent with substance use, the student will be sent to the Division Head. Parents will then be contacted and the student may be referred to an outside lab for a drug screening.
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.