Health Office Information

The Health Office is available to students during school hours each day. Students who feel ill may go to the Health Office WITH THEIR PLANNER PASS. The staff member on duty will determine the appropriate course of action. The school nurse is at Taft on a part-time basis. The nurse 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, email, 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) and Varicella Requirement

All students entering the 7th and 8th grades will need proof of the Tdap and Varicella booster shot before starting school. California Immunization Law (AB 354) states that any student who does not have proof of getting a Tdap booster shot will not be allowed to school until proof of immunization is provided to the school.



***State law requires that the parent inform the school if the child is receiving prescribed medication for a continuing health problem. (Ca. Ed. Code 49480)

If medications are required at school (long or short term), a “Physician’s Recommendation for Medication” form is required. This form must be renewed yearly. All medications must be in original pill container with current prescription label. Students are not allowed to carry medication and self-administer during the school day with the exception of inhalers (see below.) All medications must be delivered to school by a parent or guardian, and be picked up by the last day of school or they will be discarded.

Over-the-counter medications

Certain over-the-counter medications are available to students who have a “Health Information Exchange Consent Form” completed and on file in the health office. The school nurse or other trained staff will assess the situation and provide over-the-counter medications that are indicated on the completed form.


Asthma & the Use of Inhalers at School

Asthma can be a serious, life-threatening. Students who use inhalers as prescribed by their physicians should have an “Asthma Action Plan” and an inhaler brought to school to be kept in the Health Office.  It is acceptable for middle-school-aged students to carry and self-administer their inhalers; however, ONLY with written permission of both the physician and parent/guardian.


PE excuses for medical reasons

If a student needs to be excused from PE for medical reasons, a parent's note will excuse the student for up to three (3) days. A physician's note is required for longer excuses.

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