Welcome to Ruby Bridges Elementary School's Health Office. On this page you will find valuable information about your child's health and well-being while at Ruby Bridges. Please don't hesitate to contact Arleen O. Luna, Health Office Assistant, if you have questions. Thanks and have a wonderful day!!
Health Office Expectations
One of our goals of Health Services is to keep students and staff as healthy as possible. In order to do that, we need your assistance. It is very important that you keep your child home when he/she is showing symptoms of illness.
It is our expectation that students remain at home under the following circumstances:
- Runny nose with nasal mucus discharge due to an infection
- Productive cough – coughing up mucus due to an infection
- Dry, hacking cough – causing student fatigue and classroom disruption
- Discharge from ears or eyes, often indicating an infection
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea - student should be free of symptoms for at least 24 hours before returning to school
- Fever – students must remain at home with temperatures of 100F or above and must have a normal temperature of 98.6F for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
- Presence of head lice – student must be totally free of lice in order to attend school. Head with louse must be treated and checked in to the office before going to class.
- Symptoms of suspicious of having ringworm, scabies, pin eye, impetigo, contagious rashes (ie: chicken pox) or other contagious conditions. Student needs a written doctor’s clearance to return to school.
- Evidence of having a positive tuberculin (Tb) skin test without proof of medical clearance, and a negative chest x-ray.
- Student is not able to remain awake and participate in classroom activities (except due to recover from seizure activity)
Sending a sick child to school delays recovery and increases the chance that other students or staff will become ill. School sites do not have the health office facilities or staff to provide extended care for students who come to school with any of the above listed conditions. For these reasons, schools do not, and cannot provide lengthy ill childcare in school health offices. Sick children belong at home.
If you send a sick child to school, you will be contacted to pick him/her up. If you know that you cannot come within 15 minutes, you must have available people listed on your child’s emergency card who can be responsible for your child. You may also be asked to submit a doctor’s note upon the student’s return to verify that a given condition is not contagious.
HOSPITALIZATION/PHYSICAL EDUCATION EXCUSES
- If your child is hospitalized, the school needs a written release from the doctor in order to return to school. This note should be given to the Main Office.
- If at any time your child needs to be excused from PE, you must submit a doctor’s note following a hospitalization or for a long term excuse, or a note from you for a single day excuse. Submit these notes to the Office. Teachers will be informed.
We all want children to enjoy school, so let’s keep them as healthy as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.
What About Lice and Nits?
AUSD policy on nits and lice has changed. We allow students who have nits to stay for the remainder of the day. If they have live lice, they must go home immediately. The following morning, after being notified of having either nits or lice, the students must be cleared to return to the classroom by Arleen O. Luna, in the Health Office. You can arrive at the office at 8:15 am, and she will check you in as soon as possible. They may re-enter school if they have nits, but if they have lice, they must return home. Checks for students will be performed only once per day.
- Lice have been part of the human experience for probably millions of years.
- Lice can not fly or jump, they can only crawl. Lice can not survive off a human head for more than 24-48 hours.
- Lice do not carry or transmit diseases.
- Newly hatched lice (nymphs) can not reproduce for 7 days.
- Lice are species-specific, they do not live on animals other than humans.
- Lice are not a result of poor hygiene.
What does this mean:
- It is extremely unlikely that we will be able to stop the spread of lice in our community.
- It requires close contact of longer than a few seconds for lice to be able to transfer to another head. This is the kind of contact that often happens during sleepovers or play dates when two kids are playing together for prolonged periods, not the kind of contact that frequently happens in schools.
- At the start of every school week there are no live lice present in the school.
- While they are definitely a nuisance they are not cause for concerns about infectious diseases.
- There is no need to treat your pets in any way.
- Nits take 5-10 days to hatch.
- Nits can only hatch while attached to a human head.
- Once a nit falls off a hair it can not re-attach to another head.
- Nits are eggs and can not jump, fly, or crawl.
- Nits found more than ¼ inch away from the scalp are empty egg casings.
What does this mean:
- Nit removal can help in the eradication of a lice problem, but killing live lice is paramount.
- Nit removal can help in preventing confusion regarding recurrence or continuation of a lice outbreak.
- Nits on carpets, chair covers, pillows, stuffed animals, etc. are effectively dead (if they aren’t already empty).