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Emergency Preparedness

School nurses have a critical role to play in school emergency preparedness efforts.  DJUSD nurses are all certified Red Cross instructors and undertake several annual trainings and ongoing informal consultations for school staff to prepare staff members to respond to emergencies.

Emergency cards, including critical health information, emergency contacts and release of liability statements, are maintained by every school site in the district.  (See Ed Code 49407, 49408)  Sites may temporarily exclude, or provide alternative instructional delivery to students whose parents refuse to comply with requests for emergency information and/or emergency supplies for life-threatening conditions.  The Director of Student Services and the school site nurse should be notified if such an exclusion/alternative placement is implemented.

School nurses review all emergency information annually and update health data in the Student Information System (Zangle).  School nurses notify (and may train and supervise) teachers and other staff members responsible for student health and safety of any serious physical, mental or emotional health concerns.  Confidentiality is observed and notification is provided in a manner complying with HIPPA and FERPA guidelines.  Throughout the school year, as new health conditions are discovered or diagnosed, school nurses must be informed.  (See "School Re-entry After Hospitalization or New Diagnosis" memo and forms attached below).

Nurses also provide annual training to select staff members on emergency procedures, such as diabetes emergency care (including glucagon administration) and caring for severe allergic reactions (including epinephrine administration).  All "designated injectors" must have current CPR certification (Ed Code 49414, 49414.5).

School nurses work closely with City of Davis Fire and Police Departments, Yolo County Health Department and other city and county agencies to coordinate response efforts in case of disaster or other public health emergencies:  Yolo County link.    Examples include school-based "point of dispensing" (POD) clinics for mass vaccinations or distribution of medications and "multiple casualty incident" (MCI) drills. Refer to the CSNO position statement.  All District nurses should have access to personally-fitted N95 respirator masks as part of biohazard preparedness.  Fit testing is available at YCHD.

AED's (automated external defibrillators) are in place at all DJUSD sites.  The Director of Student Services is in charge of this program and the YCHD health officer is the "medical director" (see attachments) Nurses provide annual training and certification in the use of AED's and maintain a list of "first responders" and "AED maintenance" for each site.