Sutures, Casts, Crutches, Brace(s), or Wheelchairs: These students must have a physician’s written permission to attend school and must comply with any safety procedures required by the school administration.
Prolonged Illness, Injury, Surgery, or Hospitalization: A student returning to school following a serious or prolonged illness, injury, surgery, or other hospitalization (including psychiatric and drug or alcohol inpatient treatment), must have written permission by the health care provider to attend school, including any recommendations regarding physical activity.
Physical Education Excuses: Student’s must bring parent or physician written physical education excuses to the Administrator or designated personnel if they need to be excused from Physical Education. Parents may write excuses for up to five (5) days for minor problems. A physician must write any P.E. excuse for over five (5) days.
Conditions that require a physician’s written note to attend school include:
- A student returning to school with stitches, cast, crutches, brace, splint or sling.
- A student returning to school after a prolonged (5 or more consecutive days) or serious illness, injury, surgery, hospitalization or contagious illness.
- The written note must state the date the student is permitted to return to school and recommendations regarding P.E. classes or activity on campus.
Emergency Cards: A current Emergency Information card must be on file at the school so that parents can be notified promptly in case of an accident or illness involving their child.
Blood Donations: Blood donation drives in cooperation with the Red Cross or other agency may be held on senior high school campuses. Efforts will be made to notify parents/guardians of planned blood donor drives; however, the written consent of the parent/guardian is no longer required for participation by students 17 years or older.
Growth and Development Presentations: Sex Education Class Criteria (E.C. 51553)
- Materials and instruction be age appropriate
- Family Life Exclusions: Parents may send a written note to the school refusing to let their child participate in any classroom presentations and discussions about sex, reproduction and/or sexually transmitted infections (STIs), menstrual hygiene, and/or of the classes generally called “Family Life Education.”
- Legal References (CES 51550, 51551, 51553, 51820, 51201.5)
- Parent must be notified in writing prior to the time of the class.
- Parent has the right to keep the pupil out of the class – request must be in writing
- Parent must have an opportunity to preview the written or audiovisual materials, which will be used prior to the time of the class.
- ABSTINENECE must be stressed as the only protection that is 100% effective against unwanted teenage pregnancy, STIs, and AIDS when sexually transmitted.
- Course material and instruction shall stress that pupils should ABSTAIN from sexual intercourse until they are ready for marriage.
- Course material and instruction shall teach honor and respect for monogamous heterosexual marriage.
- AIDS prevention instruction must be taught at least once in junior high or middle school and once in high school, unless the parent desires to keep the pupil out of the class.
- Growth & Development presentation is recommended to 5th graders (on K-5th campuses), and the 6th graders (on K-6th grade campuses).
- Professionals who are prepared in health education should provide family life education programs.
- School Nurses generally present the Growth & Development program to 5th or 6th graders – utilizing their professional preparation and skills to assist school districts in the development of family life programs that promote healthy family life and responsible sexual behavior.
- The Charter school may arrange through the Charter Office the services of LAUSD District Nursing to present the Growth & Development Program to students.
Confidential Excused Absences: School authorities may excuse any pupil in grades 7-12 from the school for the purpose of obtaining confidential medical services without the consent of the parent or guardian per C.E.C. Section 46010.1
Condom Distribution: Charter high schools may make condoms available at no cost to students who request them unless the parent/guardian withdraws permission by completing and returning the permission slip to be supplied by the Charter school. This is in an effort to decrease the spread of sexually transmitted disease including HIV. While the school does offer education that emphasizes abstinence as the only one hundred percent effective method of preventing infection, the proper use of a condom does provide protection against sexual transmission of the HIV/AIDS virus and other sexually transmitted diseases. In making condoms available the Charter assumes no liability.
Health Insurance: The Charter School does not provide student insurance for medical, dental or hospital services needed for injuries to students while involved in school-related accidents. Children’s Health Access and Medi-Cal Program (CHAMP) provide information and assists parents to access health and insurance for their children ages 0-18. Parents can call a toll free Helpline at 1 (866) 742-2273.
Students engaged in interscholastic sports are required by California Education Code sections 32220-32224 to have health or accident medical coverage. The plans referenced above are also meant to help parents comply with these State laws. Private insurance coverage is also available for sports, accidents and illness by contacting Myers-Stevens & Toohey at (800) 827-4695 and/or www.myers-stevens.com.