The mission of the School Nurse is to ensure that students learn and practice
healthy habits to advance their wellbeing, academic success, and lifelong
Hi! I am Kris Coleman, RN, the School Nurse at Village. I consider it a
privilege to serve the students, staff and parents here at VCS and encourage
you to let me know any information that will help me provide the best
care possible for your child. The Health Office is located in the Administration
Building in the Central Office
Health Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 3:45. Stop in anytime!
For any questions or concerns, please contact me at 818.767.8382 ext 240.
You may also e-mail me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or personally at
1. Each student will recognize when to report illness and/or injury to
the School Nurse to facilitate optimal treatment and recovery.
2. Each student will demonstrate effective germ-killing procedure when
The Health Office provides on-campus health screenings, assessment, and
education as well as first-aid and nursing care for students and staff.
The Health Office is not a primary care facility. By law, the nurse is
not allowed to make a medical diagnosis or prescribe treatment. When accidents
or illness occur during school hours, basic first-aid and/or emergency
care will be given according to CA State Board of Nursing standards and
practices. The nurse may suggest further medical follow up in certain
circumstances. Further care is the responsibility of the parents.
Hearing & Vision
Hearing and vision screenings are done on all 2nd and 5th grades students,
along with a dental check. Parents and teachers can request a screening
for any student at any time when a concern arises. Vision referral letters
are sent home to notify parents and their teacher if the students have
difficulties with any portion of the screening. Students with hearing
difficulties will be notified with a referral letter to their parent/guardian.
Scoliosis screening is not required by CA schools as they are checked
by their doctor at their 10 year physical exam.
First-aid and medical care provided by the school nurse is mainly for illnesses
or injuries that occur at school during the school day. The Health Office
is not a primary care facility like a doctor's office. The nurse is
qualified to collaborate with you and your child's physician to provide
an educational environment in which your child can learn and thrive. The
nurse does not make medical diagnoses, prescribe treatments or medications,
but can provide treatments and medications as prescribed by a physician
with a doctor's order. Please tell your child if they are not feeling
well that they may have to come to school when they are not at their best.
Email or send a note to their teacher asking them to observe your child.
If they appear listless or ‘not themselves’ they can send
them to me to be evaluated. If no fever or other symptoms, we will send
them back to class and advise them to go to bed early tonight.
Cell phones are not to be used during school hours and if your child should
call you on his/her phone complaining of illness, please tell him/her
to get a nurse referral slip from their teacher to go to the Health Office.
This allows for an evaluation and documentation of the visit, and if the
student is sent home it will then count as an excused absence. Students
signed out for illness who have not been seen by the nurse will be noted
as a personal unexcused absence.
1. School is no place for a sick child. Please
do not send your children to school if:
- they have a fever
- have vomited within the last 12 hours
- have any diarrhea in the last 12 hours
- have any of the symptoms listed below. Children should be free of fever for
24 hours before returning to school, regardless of how they feel. If your child
has been diagnosed with a communicable disease such as strep throat or
pink eye, s/he must have been on antibiotic treatment (and free of fever) for24 hours prior to returning to school. Also,
please notify the school office or school nurse of any diagnosed communicable
disease so that other parents can be notified.
Signs/symptoms of illness:
- Fever (oral temp of 100.4 or more)
- Diarrhea, any loose stools
- Red, watery eyes, pus in corners
- Constant sneezing and/or deep cough, constant runny nose
- Unexplained rash
- Nausea or vomiting
- Swelling of the neck or face
- Flushed face or paleness
- Very sore throat
- Painful earache
DO NOT send a sick child to school for the school nurse to decide whether s/he
should be in school. If in doubt, call your family physician. School nurses
can assess and refer, but we do not diagnose, and will always refer to
your physician if in doubt.
3. If your child sustains an injury at home or off campus, please take care
of it at home. I am more than happy to take care of injuries that happen
during school hours, but am not here to take the place of your primary
physician's evaluation and treatment.
4. If your child becomes ill enough to be removed from school, has more than
a minor injury, or has an emergency, you will be notified. It is the parent's
responsibility to make arrangements to pick up an ill or injured child
as promptly as possible. Students are not permitted to walk home, even
with permission. Please make sure there are up-to-date home/work numbers
on your child's emergency sheet. Notify the school registrar immediately
of any changes in phone numbers. If your child has a temperature in the
health office of 100.4 degrees or greater, s/he will be sent home. Any
child with an undiagnosed rash will be sent home and should remain out
of school until all symptoms are gone or a physician verifies (with a
written note) that the child is not contagious and is well enough to return
If your child is sent home by the school nurse due to fever, vomiting or
diarrhea, s/he may not return to school for at least 24 hours even if
s/he is feeling better.
If every parent follows these procedures, it will prevent the spread of
contagious diseases, some which may be life threatening.
AS ALWAYS, hand washing is the best defense against the spread of germs.
Washing hands thoroughly with soap and warm water is the best method.
Please call your physician if you have any questions or concerns regarding
Physical Education Excuses
Students requesting to be excused from PE must bring a note signed by their
parent to the Nurse. The Nurse will then write an "excused from PE"
email and send to the teacher, PE teacher and elementary office to notify
the campus aides.
Any request for three or more consecutive PE excuses must be accompanied
by a Physician's written order. PE teachers will be informed of the length of excuse, and any accommodations
that need to be made for your child. If your child has a health condition
that causes him/her to miss PE class frequently, a doctor's note will
All injuries requiring any type of sutures (stitches), orthopedic support
or device on campus must be reported with a medical excuse and cleared
through the Health Office. If your child sustains a fracture and has a splint or a cast, or has been
authorized by a physician to use crutches or a wheelchair while on campus,
please check in with the nurse prior to the child returning to class.
I will need a doctor's note to use crutches or a wheelchair on campus.
A written PE/activity restriction notice is also required, as well as
a release to return to physical education when the student's injury
Kris Coleman, R.N.
Phone: 818-767-8382, ext. 240