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Nurses' Corner


Anne Fiorentino, RN
Melissa Doyle, RN

Our school nurses, Ms. Melissa Doyle, RN, and Mrs. Anne Fiorentino, RN, are on campus to oversee our COVID-19 protocols and tend to our students' medical needs!
 
Contact Information:
phone: 714.879-6302 x 113 
 

 

 

NURSING and HEALTH SERVICES

Two registered nurses staff the Health Room full-time, Monday – Friday from 7:00 am - 3:30 pm. The Health Room is located down the hallway between classrooms 5 and 6. The nurses are on campus to support our students' mental and physical health needs, focusing on “wellness” and personal responsibility. Our nurses provide first aid, health counseling, and educational programs. If it is not an emergency, students should come to the Health Room during passing periods, breaks, or lunch to avoid missed class time. We ask that the nurse evaluate students before contacting her parent or guardian if she is not feeling well. In addition, Rosary Academy has three CPR/First Aid certified American Red Cross instructors on campus.

MEDICATIONS
  • Tylenol, Advil, Claritin, Sudafed PE, Midol, and Tums are available in the Health Room and can only be given to students with parental consent obtained through online registration by completing the “Rosary Academy Student Health History Form.” This form needs to be completed annually. All prescription and over-the-counter medications must be taken in the Health Room.
  • If your student needs to take a prescription medicine at school, it must be in a pharmacy-labeled medication container (labeled with the student's name, medication name, dosage, and frequency). In addition, a DIOCESE OF ORANGE PARENT/HEALTHCARE PROVIDER REQUEST FOR MEDICINE FORM needs to be completed by the student's parent and physician and returned to the Health Room by the parent when bringing in the medication.
  • Over-the-counter medicines must be in their sealed original labeled container along with a DIOCESE OF ORANGE PARENT/HEALTHCARE PROVIDER REQUEST FOR MEDICINE FORM signed by the parent (a physician's signature is not required).
  • All medications must be kept in the Health Room at all times. Students are not allowed to carry medications on themselves, in their backpacks, lockers, or cars.
  • Students with asthma/allergies (provided proper documentation is completed in the Health Room) may carry an inhaler or Epipen with them. Still, it is also highly recommended to keep an extra Inhaler/Epipen in the Health Room in case of an emergency.
EARLY DISMISSAL DUE to ILLNESS
  • When a student becomes ill or injured during class, the student must obtain a pass to the Health Room from the current teacher. If a student is too ill to remain in school, the nurse will notify the parents or guardian. Students are not allowed to make arrangements to go home on their own. If the parent is unavailable, the persons designated on the student's emergency card will be called. It is important that all phone numbers be kept current for the protection of the student. A student may drive herself home with parental permission if feeling well enough to do so.
  • Students are advised to stay home if suffering from active illness, temperature > or = to 100.0 degrees, vomiting or diarrhea, to protect other students and staff from possible disease transmission. Students should remain at home until their illness has resolved (fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol or Advil; no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours), even if examinations will be missed as a result of illness. Students should not come to school to complete an examination with the intention of leaving early because of illness. If a student is absent for three consecutive days, it is mandatory that she presents a physician's note indicating that the student has been seen and is safe to return to school. This will allow the student to take the absences as excused and, more importantly, reassure the school community that we are making every effort to minimize the transmission of treatable, contagious diseases.
  • Parents may report an absence to the Attendance Office at 714-879-6302 x 4 or attendance@rosaryacademy.org. Parents are requested to report all confirmed or suspected contagious diseases to the school nurse.
REPORTING INJURIES 

All school-related accidents should be reported to the nurses. Sports injuries are reported to the coach and the trainer. The nurses process all accident insurance claims in the Health Room.

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS 

To enter into Rosary Academy, incoming freshmen and transfer students must have immunizations that meet the California School Immunization Law, Health and Safety Code Sections 120325-120380. Your student’s immunization record (yellow CA immunization card, MD immunization record, or previous school immunization record) may be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed. Incomplete or missing records will delay the admission process.

Under a 2011 California law, all California high school students must be vaccinated against pertussis (whooping cough). Incoming Freshmen and students transferring from out of the “Tdap” booster shot before starting school. Parents should be aware that the protection from childhood immunization to pertussis wears off, and adolescents may be at risk of the highly contagious disease without a booster.

The Shots For School website provides useful information about the new Tdap requirements, a new state law, requiring students to be vaccinated to protect against whooping cough. Visit ShotsForSchool.org for more information.

Immunization Exemptions

Under Senate Bills (SB) 276 and SB 714 (Pan, 2019), all new medical exemptions for school and child care entry must be issued through CAIR-ME beginning January 1, 2021. Medical exemptions can only be issued by MDs or DOs licensed in California and must meet applicable Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) criteria.

CHANGES in HEALTH

Wellness is the goal for our entire Rosary Academy community. If your daughter has a change in her health or needs some additional support for a period of time, please contact one of the nurses in the Health Room to update us on how we can best support her.