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HEALTH OFFICE INFORMATION

About Your school nurse:

Christine Richter

My name is Christine Richter. I am a certificated school nurse with a California School Nurse Credential and a Bachelors of Science degree in nursing. I have wide area of experience in school nursing –primary, middle school and high school as well as many years of hospital and home health experience. I am CPR and first aid certified. I am certified to teach CPR.

I welcome parents and students to stop in with any health questions or concerns. I can be reached by phone at 858-822-2291, fax 858-822-1620, or email at: preussnurse@ucsd.edu

About our health office:

The Preuss health office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30-4:30. The office is staffed everyday with a school nurse. If you would like to leave a message for the nurse, feel free to do so at the above phone number.

The school nurse offers the following services to students, families and staff:

  • Perform first aid and assessment as related to health needs for students/staff
  • Administer and monitor prescriptions and over the counter medication
  • Provide medical, mental health, dental and vision referrals along with resources
  • Provide vision, dental and scoliosis screenings
  • Provide health and nutrition counseling
  • Monitor and administer vaccines, tuberculin tests
  • Communicate and collaborate with staff to assure health needs are met
  • Monitor attendance and communicate  with families and staff
  • Perform medical assessments for special education programs
  • Assist with referrals for obtaining medical care and insurance

Medication at school:

If your child requires medication during school time, please contact the school nurse for the required physician forms. All medication needs to be kept and dispensed at the nurse’s office unless special arrangements are made with the school nurse. Permission for over the counter medication needs parent permission and signature. This form is included in the opening of school packet.

Medical conditions:

Please be sure to contact the nurse if your child has any significant medical conditions to assure health and safety at school, some examples include asthma, food allergies, diabetes, seizure history, and any vision or hearing issues.

Attendance:

Good school attendance is essential for succeeding in school. Please notify the nurse for any prolonged illness or absence from school (3 or more days) to assist with any needed accommodations. Please be sure your child eats breakfast daily and gets adequate sleep to maintain health and focus on academics.

Helpful links and resources

www.sandi.net  San Diego Unified website

www.choosemyplate.gov  (information on nutrition and exercise)

www.healthyeating.org  (information on nutrition and exercise)

www.cachampionsforchange.cdph.ca.gov  (nutrition information, healthy cooking recipes)

www.shotsforschool.org (information on vaccines)

www.211sandiego.org   (information on various local resources i.e. access to  medical ,housing, food)

www.teenagehealthfreak.org  (website devoted to various teen issues)

www.mindyourmind.ca (info on stress busters)

www.NAMI.com (mental health information)

http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov (treatment options by zip code)

www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/Cat4.html (information on emotional health)

www.al-anon.alateen.org/alaabout.html (support for teens affected by alcohol)

www.timetotalk.org (drug prevention, valuable information for parents)

www.familieschange.ca (guide for teens re divorce/separation)

www.cdc.gov/tobacco (smoking cessation, hazards of tobacco)

www.pflag.org (support for parents and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth)

www.ccssd.org (sexual assault and relationship violence prevention)

www.kidshealth.org/teen/your mind/feeling sad/someone died.html (info on coping with loss)