Blossom Hill Elementary School

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Emergencies and Health Care

Emergency Information Cards
Emergency information cards are kept in the health office. All student emergency contact information should be updated annually via infosnap. Emergency contacts should live or work in the immediate area. Please advise your emergency contacts that they may be required to pick up your child in the event of an emergency or illness, if you cannot be reached.

Please notify the office immediately of any changes in emergency information, such as changes in physician, residence, job, or emergency contacts.

Student Accidents and Emergencies
The following are the first aid and accident procedures: All major accidents are reported to the office. Each teacher has a First Aid Kit in the classroom for minor injuries. Students with more serious injuries or illnesses are sent to the office for initial evaluation by the health clerk or school secretary. The nurse and parents are contacted in an emergency situation. If the parent cannot be reached, the emergency contact person will be called. If the office determines that the child is in need of immediate emergency care, 911 will be called and the child will be transported to the hospital emergency room or physician's office. Please make sure the office has current phone numbers.

Emergency School Closing
In the event that school must be closed due to weather conditions or other emergencies, up-to-date information will be given to the following radio and T.V. stations:

Local Area Television Station
KNTV 432-4780 ( Channel 3)

Local Area Radio Stations
KSCO (810 AM), KCBS (740 AM)

Student Emergency Release Procedures

Blossom Hill School has enough emergency supplies to last for 24 hours (food, water, first aid) on its own. It should also be noted that phones may not be answered in the event of an emergency. Please tune in to the local radio stations for updated information.

Each grade level at Blossom Hill School has a color of its own. Students and teachers are trained to assemble by their grade level colors after the initial emergency evacuations. No students will be released until after they move to their grade level areas. Your student will only be released to the parent/guardian or someone designated by the parent/guardian on the orange release card.

Note: During an emergency situation, we will be unable to attempt to contact parents/guardians. This means that the first person who arrives at the school and is listed on the emergency card will be able to sign out and leave with your student. We make a note of who signs a student out and their destination so that a parent/guardian will know how to locate their child.

The grade level flag colors are:
  • Kindergarten is BLUE
  • 1st grade is RED
  • 2nd grade is GREEN
  • 3rd grade is YELLOW
  • 4th grade is ORANGE
  • 5th grade is PURPLE
When you arrive on campus to pick up your child, follow the protocol and remain calm.

  1. Prior to arriving:
    • A. Bring I.D. (driver’s license or passport). This is critically important to ensure that the students are released only to authorized people.
    • B. Know whom you are picking up. Remember that once the child is released to an authorized adult, that adult is now responsible for that child.
  2. Arriving at school:
    • A. Park in a safe location. Do not block driveways, gates, or parking lot drive-through.
    • B. Walk on to the campus. The school will already be following its emergency procedures. Calmly follow the directions of the staff.
    • C. You will be directed to your child’s grade level area for checkout. Wait for your turn, then identify yourself and whom you are picking up. Present your identification to the staff member who is helping you. Remember you must be listed on the emergency card. NO EXCEPTIONS. Parents who have more than one child to check out will have to proceed to each grade level release area.
    • D.*This procedure will take time. Do not be in a hurry or panic. The protocol is set up to make sure each child is released to an authorized adult, to account for each child, and to make the atmosphere as calm and non-stressful as possible for both the students (who are waiting) and the parents/guardians (who are checking them out).
    • E. After signing out the children, we ask that you leave the campus immediately.
EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Los Gatos High School………………………………………………………………......354-2730
Emergency Services………………………………………………………………………911
Road Conditions……………………………………………………………………..........800-427-7623
Police Department – Los Gatos………………………………………….....................354-8600
Sheriff’s Department – Santa Clara County………...............................................299-3233
Fire Department – Los Gatos…………………………………………..................…...299-3144
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. …………………………………….................................800-743-5000
Los Gatos Union School District Office………………….......................................335-2000
Blossom Hill School……………………………………………………………………....335-2100
Daves Avenue School…………………………………………………………………….335-2200
R.J. Fisher School………………………………………………………………………...335-2300
Lexington School…………………………………………………………………………..335-2150
Louise Van Meter School………………………………………………..........…………335-2250

Hospitals
Los Gatos Community………………………………………………………………….…378-6131
Good Samaritan……………………………………………………………………………559-2011
American Red Cross………………………………………………………………………577-1000

Emergency Ambulance
Monte Sereno………………………………………………………………………………299-3325
San Jose……………………………………………………………………………………972-7711

Illness
Any child with even a slight fever (99.5 degrees), who does not appear alert, or is not well enough to play outside, will be sent home. If your child has been absent due to an illness, s/he must be free of fever (without medication), episodes of vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps, or diarrhea for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school. If your child has a rash, please do not send her or him to school until your health care provider has stated that your child is not contagious. Do not send your child to school is s/he is sick.

School Nurse
There is a district school nurse available to respond to emergency situations. She can also be reached by phone (335-2074) for parent and staff questions and concerns. During the nurse's time on each campus, she conducts mandated hearing, vision, and other health screenings, follow up checks, participates in Special Education assessments, and oversees the fifth grade Family Life Program.

Hearing and Vision Screening
Students in grades K, 1, 2, 5, and special education classes are given hearing screenings in September. If a student fails a retest, the parent will be contacted. Vision screening is conducted beginning in September for students in grades 1,3,5, and special education classes. Parents are notified of any deviations from normal. This screening does not replace the more complete examination by your eye physician.

Medication
Students with chronic or acute illnesses may require prescribed or over-the-counter medication during school hours in order to benefit from their educational program. The California Education Code, Section 49423 states "any pupil required to take during the regular school day, medication prescribed for him by a physician, may be assisted by the school nurse or other designated school personnel if the school district receives:A written statement from such physician detailing the method, amount and time schedules by which such medication is to be taken, AND a written statement from the parent or guardian of the pupil indicating the desire that the school district assist the pupil in the matters set forth in the physician's statement."

The Education Code regulations include over-the-counter products. Whether prescribed or over-the-counter, all medication needs to be administered through the health office. All medication needs to be in its original container labeled with the name of the student, physician, and medication. Specific directions for use must be included. "Take as directed" is not acceptable.

Compliance is important to the health and safety of all students. The appropriate Administration of Medication form (available in the office) allows for consultation between the school nurse and physician regarding medication side effects and possible adverse reactions. Parents are required to provide a sufficient supply of medication.

Asthma Medication
Students are encouraged to be knowledgeable about and participate in their own health care. In the case of those students who have asthma and are authorized by their physician to carry an inhaler prescribed to that student, the health office needs to have a note on file which states:

the name of the student
the name of the physician
the name of the medication and specific directions for use. "As directed" is not appropriate.
The note must also contain a statement from the physician certifying that the student has received adequate instruction and training and demonstrates the knowledge and ability to self-administer the inhaler. The actual inhalation device should have a visible prescription label. Please ask the pharmacy to place the label on the device itself, not on the packaging.

Head Lice Policy
Head lice are a misunderstood nuisance health problem. Early precautions may prevent outbreaks of head lice in the school. The following is some basic information about head lice. Infestation can happen to any one, any age and either sex. It is not a sign of poor health habits or being dirty.

Head lice are tiny insects that live on the human hair. They hatch from small eggs, called nits, which are attached to the base of individual hairs. The eggs hatch in approximately seven to ten days, with new lice reaching maturity in about two weeks. The mature lice proceed to lay more eggs. Signs to look for if concerned about an infestation are: persistent scratching of the head and back of the neck, scratch marks or rash on the scalp, and nits attached to the hair.

Once head lice have been identified, the condition needs to be addressed promptly to prevent the spread to others. There are a variety of over-the-counter preparations which are effective when used according to directions (NIX and RID are two). The use of products to help remove nits from the hair have not been found to be effective.

Once the lice and nits have been removed from the hair and scalp, the problem of re-infestation may still exist unless all articles that may contain live lice or nits, such as clothes, towels, and bed linens, stuffed animals, hair decorations, are washed in HOT water and detergent and dried using the HOT cycle of the dryer (20 minutes), dry cleaned or placed in a sealed plastic bag for a period of 2-3 weeks. Combs and brushes need to be washed in a pediculocide solution. The use of spray products to treat items which cannot be washed or dry cleaned are NOT effective. Items which cannot be washed, such as carpets, car upholstery, mattresses, sofas should be vacuumed thoroughly.

If school personnel observes live lice or nits on your child's head, you will be notified immediately and s/he will need to be picked up from school. After the initial treatment and removal of ALL nits from the hair, your child may return to school.

If you discover head lice, it is important that you notify the school so your child's class can be checked for other cases. Parents of your child's friends, scout groups, teams where a helmet or hat is shared, should also be notified.

Animals do not carry human head lice.