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Health Services

About Health Services

Health Services at West Covina Unified School District aims to strengthen and facilitate the educational process by improving and protecting the health status of children. Through identification and assisting in the removal or modification of health-related barriers to learning, Health Services contributes directly to the District's overall mission to provide all students with a high quality education in a safe and secure environment.

At the schools, a Health Clerk has been trained in basic CPR/First Aid and provides care to students who visit the School Health Office. Under the supervision of the District Nurses, care provided by the Health Clerk may include basic first aid, medication administration, immunization enforcement, and communicable disease control.

Parents are encouraged to communicate with the School Health Clerk, District Nurses, and Health Services any health related issues so we can better meet your child’s health needs in school to promote the best learning environment possible for your student.

School nurses

School Nurses have been a part of the school setting since the late 1800's when they provided student inspections to identify those with communicable diseases requiring treatment.

Since then, the role of School Nurses has evolved. They serve as the primary health care providers within the educational environment. They promote each student's attainment of optimum health status, physical and mental. Equally important is their role in facilitating the educational process by identifying and assisting in the elimination or modification of health-related barriers that prevents students from achieve their fullest potential as a learner and a person.

A School Nurse is a Registered Nurse (R.N.); has a baccalaureate degree; has an additional year of post graduate education related to school health issues and is credentialed by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Services of the Credentialed School Nurse:

  • Gives emergency care: injury assessments and interventions
  • Provides mandated screening
  • Detects and monitors health problems which impact student learning
  • Plans the control of contagious diseases
  • Develops health curriculum
  • Coordinates referrals to community agencies
  • Provides crisis intervention
  • Provides staff development and assists in developing district health policies
  • Serves as a health care provider liaison between the school and community
  • Plans and implements disaster-preparednes
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Announcements

Immunization Requirement for Incoming 7th Grade Students
California Law AB 354 requires all incoming 7th grade students to show proof of Tdap (pertussis or whooping cough) immunization before starting school.  Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe and last for months... Continue
Posted by: Cynthia Hernandez
Published: 2/21/13

Flu Season is here, get vaccinated
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) would like to remind the community that influenza vaccination is still the single best method for preventing the flu. It is not too late for students, staff and school community to get fl... Continue
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Posted by: D Gumarang
Published: 11/4/11

Talking to Children about the Disaster In Japan
Our thoughts are with those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. In the tragic aftermath, the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement has prepared the following information on how to discuss this crisis with children. In resp... Continue
Posted by: D Gumarang
Published: 3/14/11

Need No-Cost or Low-Cost Health Insurance?
Did you know your child can receive medical, dental, vision and hospital care through programs such as: Healthy Families, Medi-Cal, Healthy Kids, and Kaiser Permanente Child Health Plan (when available)?  GEM (Get Enrollment Moving) can help ... Continue
Posted by: D Gumarang
Published: 1/7/11

Type 2 Diabetes Information
Pursuant to California Education Code Section 49452.7, this type 2 diabetes information is provide to parents and guardians of incoming seventh grade students. Description Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in adults. Until a few ... Continue
Posted by: D Gumarang
Published: 11/18/10

Free FLU Vaccine
Do you need a flu vaccine? The LA County Department of Public Health is offering flu vaccines at no charge to people who don’t have health insurance or whose healthcare provider does not offer flu vaccines. Flu vaccines are recommended for e... Continue
Posted by: D Gumarang
Published: 11/2/10