Health and Safety
The Edison High School utilizes a registered nurse and health clerks to oversee the operation of the health offices at Edison High School . Health clerks have received training in CPR and first-aid. They take care of health records, medication administration and minor injuries that may occur during school hours. In case of an accident or illness at school, a qualified person, such as the health clerk or the front office staff will administer first-aid, and the parents will be notified. PLEASE NOTE: Except for first-aid at the time of a school injury, the health clerk cannot treat, diagnose or provide on-going medical care for chronic or severe injuries or conditions. Please seek the advice of a medical doctor for this.
If it is necessary for a student to go home because of an illness or injury, it will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian to pick the child up from school as soon as possible. Please see check out procedures in attendance section of this website.
Student Medication Policies and Procedures
Medication, both prescription and over the counter, may be given at school when it is deemed absolutely necessary by the health care provider, that the medication be given during school hours. The parent/guardian is urged, with the help of the health care provider, to work out a schedule of giving medication outside school hours whenever possible.
In order for school staff to administer any medication (prescription or over-the-counter) to any student, specific orders must be written and signed by the student’s physician and parent and kept on file in the Hygiene Center located in the 300 building.
This request must clearly specify:
- The name of the medication
- The reason for the medication
- The dose, time, and/or frequency. (New orders are required any time the medication, the dosage, or the time is changed).
- Parent signature giving authorization to administer the medication is also required on the form.
- Medication is to be delivered to, and taken home from, the school by a parent or another responsible adult.
Each medication must be in the original container with pharmacy labels matching the written orders exactly including: the student’s name, the doctor’s name, the name of the medication, dosage, and time of administration. A parent may request two containers from the pharmacist, one for school and one for home. If the student gets more than one medication at school, each medication must have separate doctor’s orders and be in a separately labeled container.
Envelopes, zip-lock bags, or other types of containers will not be accepted. The parent is responsible for cutting pills in half.
Inhalers must have a pharmacy label on them or must be in the labeled box. A student may only carry an inhaler only if the Medication Administration form is in the Health Office and the doctor has specified the need to carry the inhaler on the medication order form. If a doctor has provided a sample, it must have a handwritten label with the student’s name, date, medication, dose, time and doctor’s signature attached.
Parents are strongly advised to teach the student to assume responsibility for coming to the health office to receive his/her medication at the appropriate time. Medication orders are valid for the current school year only, and must be renewed annually at the beginning of each school year.
Illness, Injury or Accidents at School
Any student feeling ill should inform the teacher and ask for a pass to the Health Office. Students feeling weak or faint will be accompanied to the office. If a student requires longer than a 15-minute rest, a parent will be contacted and asked to pick the child up so proper care and attention can be received at home. Parents, or a parent designee, should be available to pick a child up within 30 minutes of a call from the school. Students who drive will only be allowed to leave campus, for an illness, after a parent/parent designee has given verbal permission to the Health Office staff. Current phone numbers MUST be listed on the Emergency Card at all times!
Every effort is made to provide for your child’s safety and comfort at school. If your child should have an accident or injury at school, first aid will be given immediately to make the child as comfortable as possible. If an injury is more serious than a simple bruise or a scrape, parents will be called. If parents are unavailable, and/or in the judgment of the school administrator emergency treatment is needed, paramedics will be called.
Following a severe injury or serious illness, a note must be received from the family physician stating that the child is cleared to return to school. The physician must also order the use of wheelchairs, crutches or other activity limitations or restrictions.
Edison High School staff is doing everything reasonably possible to protect your children against any threat that may occur while they are in our care. Although we are hopeful that emergency situations such as an earthquakes, fire, terrorism, chemical spills, etc. will not affect our schools, we firmly believe that our schools are among the safest places for students to be. We have worked diligently to plan and practice safety and security measures. Each school has been directed by the Board of Education to develop and implement an Emergency Preparedness Plan. Students and staff practice emergency procedures at regular intervals. Schools have limited emergency supplies such as water, food, and first aid equipment on site. Additionally, each site has staff members trained in First Aid/CPR, as well as, staff members who are part of emergency teams such as Search and Rescue, Security, and Student Accountability.
Schools are a priority when services are needed from fire, police, or other agencies. HBUHSD and Edison High School has established communication systems with local law enforcement that will be used as needed. Parents should know that access to schools during an emergency incident might be restricted for a variety of reasons. In such instances, parents should remain aware of public notices on radio, television, and the internet about emergency procedures and updates. Student and staff safety is our first priority. All procedures are designed for their protection.
Thank you for your support as we continue to provide our students with a safe school environment. For questions concerning the EHS Emergency Preparedness Plan or to review the Plan, please contact Edison High School Administration at (714) 962-1356.