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Student Health

When a student becomes ill, he/she will be sent to the school nurse. When a student has a fever or is in need of further care, a parent/guardian will be contacted. If the parent/guardian cannot be reached, the emergency contacts on the enrollment form will be notified. Students cannot leave campus unless a parent/guardian or emergency contact has been notified. The school nurse will also dispense medication to students, as prescribed by a doctor and directed by parent/guardian. Any medicines must be in their original containers.

Prescribed medicines must be labeled with the student’s name, dosage, physician’s name, pharmacy, and date filled. All medicines are to be brought to the school nurse upon arrival to school, accompanied by a note from the parent/guardian requesting administration.

Vanguard Academy performs the state required screening vision, hearing, acanthosis and spinal screenings on your child during the school year. Parents will be notified of the results of the screening only if medical follow-up is necessary. This screening procedure does not replace your child’s need for regular health care and check-ups.


Emergency Medical Treatment

In case of serious illness or accident, we will contact you or the person you designate on the Emergency Card by phone so your child can be picked up. If the situation is life threatening, an ambulance will be called. Vanguard Academy does not pay for illness or accidents that occur while your child is at school. IMPORTANT- Please complete and return the “Student Emergency Record” so we can reach you in case of an emergency. Don’t forget to call the front office to let us know if your phone number changes.



Only the school nurse, principal and/or assigned employee may administer medication to a student who must take medication during the school day. Prescription medications must be properly labeled and in the original container. Medications will only be given according to the instructions on the label. A Parental/ Guardian Permission Form for Administrating Medications at school must be filled out and signed by the parent/ guardian at the nurse’s office/ front office. We are not allowed to give prescription medications labeled with one student’s name to any other student, even a brother or sister. Medication will not be

administered without proper documentation. Medication that your child needs during the school year can usually be given at home such as:


  • Once a day – before or after
  • Twice a day- before school and in the
  • Three times a day – before school, after school, and at bed


NO over the counter, samples, herbal products, dietary supplements or medications from another country will be administered at school. Students may not have ANY medications with them during school hours. Unapproved medications will be confiscated. It is the parents/guardians responsibility to pick up medications kept at school throughout the school year. Medications not picked up will be disposed of after the students are dismissed for the school year.


Communicable Diseases

The school requests that parents/guardians of students with a communicable or contagious disease inform the school so that other students who have been exposed to the disease can be alerted. A student with a communicable disease is not allowed to come to school while the disease is contagious.


These diseases include but are not limited to chicken pox, measles, mumps, strep throat, scarlet fever, hepatitis, H1N1 and mononucleosis. Most communicable diseases require a doctor’s release for the student to return to the classroom. To protect others from getting sick, do not send your child to school with the following conditions:

Fever of 1000 F or greater, continued vomiting, diarrhea, “pink eye,” head lice or overdue immunizations. Children with these or any other suspected contagious conditions will be sent home.


Head Lice

In accordance with Senate Bill 1566, the school nurse will notify parents within 5 days of discovering a fellow student in their child’s classroom has head lice. The child with head lice will not be identified. If their own child is discovered to have head lice, parents will be notified within 48 hours. The school nurse will also provide information to parents on how to treat and prevent head lice, in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

During the preceding school year, the district’s School Health Advisory Council holds three meetings. Additional information regarding the district’s School Health Advisory Council is available from the Cafeteria Managers at each campus.


Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)

In 1986, Congress passes the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) which requires schools to be inspected or identify any asbestos containing building materials. The law further requires an asbestos management plan to be in place by July 1989. Vanguard Academy developed a plan, as required, which has been continually updated. All district buildings; contain “no asbestos containing building materials.” It is the intention of Vanguard Academy to comply with all federal and state regulations controlling asbestos and to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure students and employees a healthy and safe environment in which to learn and work. You are welcomed to review a copy of the asbestos management plan at each respective campus or central administrative office during regular business hours. Juan Garcia is our designated asbestos program coordinator, and all inquiries regarding the asbestos plan and asbestos-related issues should be directed to him at (956) 781-1701.