Health Guidelines

SVUSD Illness Guidelines - When to Stay Home

SVUSD Illness Policy - “When to keep your child home

Children that come to the Health Office with symptoms of illnesses should go home whenever they are ill enough that it prevents them from participating comfortably in school activities.They should stay home until recovered.

If they appear to have symptoms of a communicable illness:

  1. The student should at stay home and
  2. They need a Doctor's "Medical Release" that it is safe to return to school.

PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME IF he/she has any of the following conditions:

If a student has the following symptoms, they may return to school after they are fever free for 24 hrs. without medication):

  • Fever by itself : 100° or more axillary, or 101° or more orally
  • Fever with symptoms: I.e. Rash, Behavior Change, Earache, Vomiting, Sore Throat etc.
  • Diarrhea: defined as 3 or more loose or liquid stools in a 24 hr. period.**keep child hydrated
  • Vomiting: in the last 24 hrs. **keep child hydrated
  • Nausea, Vomiting & Diarrhea: Students may return to school when symptom free for 24 hrs.
  • Eyes: red and inflamed, draining white or yellow discharge or matted. *Medical note required
  • Rash: undetermined on any part of the body, rapidly spreading, or with behavior change or fever *Medical note (Release from doctor) required
  • Skin infection: draining sore, boil or abscess. Must be covered.Medical note required.
  • Abdominal pain (persistent): continues for more than 2 hrs. or intermittent pain associated with fever or other symptoms.
  • Flu (Influenza): usually comes on quickly, fever, cough, headache, muscle aches, tired, or weakness.
  • Common Cold: The most common upper respiratory infection is the common cold. Symptoms may include a runny nose/nasal discharge*, sore throat, sneezing and coughing. There is usually NO FEVER. Symptoms can be relieved by over the counter medications. A child with no fever, mild symptoms and otherwise feeling well may stay in school. Seek medical attention if the above symptoms worsen or do not subside within 10 days.

An additional list of exclusions for communicable disease from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Orange County Healthcare Agency is located in your school’s Health Office, or going to the AAP/OCHCA Communicable Disease Chart.

Medication at School

Medication Request/Authorization Forms

The following are links to printable forms:

SVUSD Board of Education Policy

To Review the Board Policy regarding Administering Medication and Monitoring Health Conditions see BP 5141.21.  To review the Board Administrative Regulation see AR 5141.21.




OCDE Instructional Services Guidelines

Parent Notification for the Administration of Medicine at School


To the parent/guardian:

Medical treatment is the responsibility of the parent/guardian and an authorized health care provider. An authorized health care provider is an individual who is licensed by the State of California to prescribe medication. Medications, both prescription and over the counter, may be given at school when it is deemed absolutely necessary by the authorized health care provider that the medication be given during school hours. The parent/guardian is urged, with the help of your child's authorized health care provider, to work out a schedule of giving medication at home whenever possible.

California Education Code, Section 49423 allows school personnel to assist in carrying out an authorized health care providers written orders. Designated non-medical school personnel may be assisting with your child's medication. They will be trained and supervised by credentialed school nurses. Medication will be safely stored and locked or refrigerated, if required.

Emergency medicine such as EpiPens or inhalers may be carried by the student when recommended by a authorized health care provider and parent. When appropriate, the school nurse will evaluate the student’s ability to safely self-administer the medication based on written district guidelines. (Title 5). Back up medication should be kept at school for emergency use. Students who have a serious medical condition (diabetes, epilepsy, etc.) should have an emergency supply of their prescription medication at school with the appropriate consent forms in the event of a disaster

If medication is to be administered at school, all of the following conditions must be met:
  1. A written statement signed by the licensed authorized health care provider/dentist specifying the reason for the medication, the name, dosage, time, route, side effect; and specific instructions for emergency treatment must be on file at school.
  2. A signed request from the parent/guardian must be on file at school.
  3. Medication must be delivered to the school by the parent/guardian or other responsible adult.
  4. Medication must be in your child's original, labeled pharmacy container written in English.
  5. All liquid medication must be accompanied by an appropriate measuring device.
  6. If pill splitting is required to obtain the correct dose of medication to be administered, only pills that are scored may be split, scored pills may be split in half only, and a commercial pill splitting device should be used for correct splitting.
  7. Over the counter medication that has been prescribed by an authorized health care provider must be in its original container.
  8. A separate form is required for each medication.

NOTE: Whenever there is a change in medication, dosage, time, or route the parent/guardian and authorized health care provider must complete a new form. Please discuss your authorized health care provider’s instructions with your child, so that he/she is aware of the time medication is due at school.

Revised 11/15/12




Lice Treatment Requirements

SVUSD Lice Policy & Treatment Requirements

SVUSD Board Policy regarding Lice states that a student may be excluded from school if they are found to have live lice. The Board Policy regarding Lice is 5141.33 BP 




If a child is suspected or found to have head lice, to prevent the spread of head lice infestations, Staff will examine the student and any of their siblings or school age members of the same household.

  • If live lice are found, they will contact the student’s Parent/Guardians to pick up their child.
  • If no live lice are seen but nits are present within ¼” of the scalp, the student may return to class until the end of the school day. Their parents should be notified to begin treatment.
  1. Parent verifies treatment per CDC guidelines (i.e. provides the empty lice shampoo box or lice removal product), and
  2. Re-examination by the site designee shows that student is free of live lice.
  3. The student will be re-examined on day 9 after the initial treatment to confirm student is free of live lice.


INFORMATION FOR PARENTS If a student at your child’s school was found to have head lice: It has nothing to do with cleanliness; in fact, head lice prefer a clean, healthy head to a dirty one. Anyone, adult or child can get head lice. They are passed from person to person by direct contact or on shared objects (combs, towels, barrettes, headphones, etc.). Head lice cannot survive without a human host, or on family pets. There is little evidence to support that they carry disease.


Parents should refer to the following for CDPH Guidelines for Treatment:

A Parent's Guide to Head Lice - or En español