Palms Middle School

Health Office

The Health Office, also called the Nursing Office, is Room 125.

Room 125 is to the right of the Counseling Office.

See the campus map.

medical kit

Be sure to read, sign, and return the LAUSD Student Health Policies notice in your Orientation Packet.

Medical Information

Status of Nurse Position

Our school nurse is Ms. Maria Monje, who is on campus Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays.

Teachers issue referral forms when sending a student to the nurse's office.

Tdap Booster Shots Required

California requires that all public and private school students have proof of a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap) booster shot before starting 7th grade.

7th grade students who do not provide proof of their Tdap booster by the start of the Fall semester will be excluded from school.

If your child entering 7th grade has not yet received the Tdap booster shot, contact your doctor, clinic, or the health department to get the shot. Then bring a copy of your child's immunization record (the "yellow card") to the Student Services or Health Office (see campus map).

If you have questions you can:

Low-Cost or No-Cost Vaccines

The Tdap booster is recommended for children age 10 and older. If your child does not have a doctor or insurance coverage for the Tdap booster you can find low cost or no-cost vaccine clinics as follows:


Preteen Vaccine Week

The annual state-wide Preteen Vaccine Week in February promotes the importance of immunizations among preteens, to protect them from serious yet preventable diseases.

Immunizations

LAUSD and the Los Angeles County Health Department regulations require that complete health and immunization records for students new to the district be presented in written form and authorized or signed by a public health clinic, health care provider or private doctor before a student can begin attending classes. The health records should be brought when parents come to pre-register their children for the new school year.

Parents with additional questions can contact Palms or contact District Nursing Services.

See also: LAUSD Flu Season Resources

Medications

A student who needs to take prescription or over-the-counter medication during school hours must have a statement to this effect on file at the school, signed by the prescribing physician and the parent/guardian. The required forms are available form the school nurse or administrator. School health personnel do not prescribe or give advice regarding medication or other care beyond first aid.

Students with Severe Allergies

If a student has severe allergies, his or her parents should work with the Palms school staff to make sure medicine is available and a plan of action is prepared and known to all staff. See the National PTA videos Anaphylaxis: Be Aware, Prepared and Ready.

Physical Examinations

  • Students enrolling for the first time in LAUSD secondary schools are encouraged to provide the school with a report of a recent physical examination. Forms for this purpose may be obtained from the school nurse.
  • Screening of vision and hearing will be done in accordance with State guidelines. Parents/guardians will be notified of any findings in these mandated screening tests that require further attention.
  • If you do not want your student screened you must provide this request in writing to the health office.

Other Health Information You Should Know

  • Communicable disease inspections will be conducted periodically. A student suspected of having a communicable disease will be excluded from school until guidelines for readmission are met.
  • An effort will be made to notify parents/guardians about school exposure to chicken pox. The parent/guardian of a student for who chicken pox presents a particular hazard should contact the school nurse to facilitate notification. Students at risk include those with deficient immune systems and those receiving certain drugs for the treatment of leukemia or organ transplants.
  • A student returning to school with sutures, casts, crutches, brace(s), or a wheelchair must have a physician's written permission to attend school and must comply with any safety procedures required by the school administration and Health Services personnel.
  • A student returning to school following a serious or prolonged illness, injury, surgery, or other hospitalization, must have written permission by the health care provider to attend school, including any recommendations regarding physical activity.
  • A parent's written request for an excuse from participation in physical education will be accepted for up to 5 days; thereafter, a written request is needed from the student's health care provider. Requests for exemption beyond 5 days are referred to the school nurse.
  • A current Emergency Information Card must be on file at the school so that parents/guardians can be notified promptly in case of accident or illness involving their child.
  • School health personnel are available for consultation.

Vision to Learn

Palms is participating in the Vision to Learn program, a non-profit organization that provides eye exams and glasses at no cost to any student who needs them.

Click here for the Vision to Learn permission slip in English and Spanish.

Health Resources

See also

See the Health & Safety page for information about:

  • Emergency Procedures
  • Health Policy
  • Health Office