The Health Office is available to students during school hours each day. Students who feel ill may go to the Health Office WITH A PASS. The staff member on duty will determine the appropriate course of action. The school nurse is at Taft on a part-time basis. She works closely with parents, students, and school staff to provide a safe and healthy school environment which promotes student attendance and learning. Parents and guardians are welcome to call or visit the nurse in the health office to discuss their child’s healthcare needs. The health office is to only be used for verifiable health reasons.
Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis/Whooping Cough) Requirement - All students entering the 7th and 8th grades will need proof of the Tdap booster shot before starting school. AB 354, California Immunization Law states that any student who does not have proof of getting a Tdap booster shot will not be allowed to start school until proof of immunization is given to the school.
Students are not allowed to carry medications and self-administer during the school day. If medications are required at school (daily or short term), a “Physician’s Recommendation for Medication” form is required. This form must be renewed yearly. All medications must be in an original pill container with current prescription label.
Certain over-the-counter medications are available to students who have a “Health Information Exchange Consent Form” completely filled out and on file in the health office. The nurse will assess the situation, the student’s health history, and dispense medication according to protocol. This service is NOT available on days the nurse is not on campus.
Asthma & the use of Inhalers at School
Asthma can be a serious, life-threatening disease. Students who use inhalers as prescribed by their physicians should have an “Asthma Action Plan” and inhaler brought to school to be kept in the Health Office. It is acceptable for older students to carry and self-administer their inhalers; however, ONLY with the written permission of both the physician and parent/guardian.
If a student needs to be excused from PE for medical reasons, a parent's note will excuse for up to 3 days. A physician's note is required for longer excuses.