Student Health

San Diego Unified School District's Student Wellness Policy Background

The "Child Nutrition" and "Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act of 2004" established a requirement for school districts to develop a local school wellness policy. The "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010," which further strengthened the above requirements, was also a catalyst for the expansion of San Diego Unified School District's Wellness Policy. Some key components to San Diego Unified's wellness policy development now include: (a) the requirement to involve critical stakeholders, (b) relevant goals for nutrition guidelines, (c) nutrition education and promotion, (d) physical education and activity, (e) notification to the public, and (f) the routine monitoring and evaluation of the wellness policy. For more information on the SDUSD Student Wellness Policy, please click on the link below.

San Diego Unified School District's Student Wellness Policy

For the well being of all students, children should remain at home if they are ill. Below are some general guidelines to help you decide if you should keep your child home from school:

Keep at Home Send to School See a Doctor
Fever above 100° Ear infection; no pain Undiagnosed skin rash
Vomits more than once Infrequent diarrhea Eye infection
Flu: body aches, fever above 100 Common cold (runny nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat)
Cold sores (Sore covered)
Infestation of scabies, lice (After treatment begins)
Strep throat (After 24 hours of antibiotics)
Vague "I don't feel good" symptoms

The school has no way of providing for children who are ill except to contact the parent or emergency contact and request they be picked up and taken home. For this reason, it is critical that the school have current parent/guardian contact information on file.

Please notify the school office if your child is staying home due to illness.


All medications, including Ibuprofen, Tylenol, cough/cold medicines, etc., must be left in the office. Each medication must be in its original container and marked with the child's name, dosage, and time to be taken.

Prescription medications must be accompanied by physician's orders that include exact dosage and, as mentioned above, must be in the original container. These requirements help protect your child by ensuring administration of the correct medication and dosage.

Student Insurance

SDUSD does not carry medical or dental insurance for students injured on school grounds, while under school jurisdiction, or while participating in school district activities. However, the district does provide access to optional accident insurance. Student insurance booklets are available in the office upon parent request.

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