Health Concerns

Sequoia has a district nurse one day per week who will conduct the mandated vision and hearing screenings of all K, 2nd, and 5th graders, provide first aid on the days that she is on site, assess students as part of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process and more.

Health and Wellness

Sequoia adheres to Oakland Unified School District’s health and wellness guidelines, including policies that ensure our schools offer healthy food, physical education, health education, a safe and positive school climate, health care and social services, protection of the environment, and more. For more information, download:

OUSD Wellness Policy

OUSD Food Guidelines

SHCC Guide to Outdoor Safety and Health


In case of injury, school personnel can provide basic first aid treatment only (soap and water, Band-Aids and ice packs). If more care is needed, a parent/guardian will be called to come pick up the child. In case of an emergency, we will call 911.


School personnel may not administer prescription medication without an Authorization for Medication form signed by the doctor, the parent/guardian and the nurse.  Forms are available in the main office. If medication is to be administered at school, it must be brought to the office in its original container. Students are not to have medication of any kind in their possession during school hours without a Permission to Self-Carry form filled out by the doctor and parent.

It is against OUSD policy to give over-the-counter medication without the required medical authorization form, or to apply topical ointments for cuts and burns. Students with limiting medical issues must bring a note from a parent or guardian in order to stay inside during recesses or outdoor class activities.


Children should not come to school if they are ill; they run the risk of spreading their cold or flu to others. You know your child better than anyone. If you feel that they are not 100%, please keep them home! Children need to be fever-free, with no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours without medication, before returning to school. If your child becomes ill while at school with a temperature of 99.8 degrees or higher, a parent/guardian will be notified and asked to come pick them up. Students who become ill need to be picked up within an hour. They may not wait in either the main office or the nurse’s office until the end of the day. Please make plans for this kind of emergency in your family.

Student health code requires that students with pink eye, chicken pox, strep throat, ringworm, scabies or impetigo are required to stay home until symptom-free or on the recommendation of the heath advisor. (See the following information for specific cases.)

Communicable Diseases

If your child develops any of these symptoms, please notify the school.

Chicken pox

Keep child out of school six days from time of eruption and sores are dry. Symptoms: A slight fever occurs 13-17 days after exposure. Crops of watery blisters appear on the body, face and scalp which later form crusts. Ask your health care provider about medications to shorten the course of the disease or the new vaccine.


Child may attend school if under treatment and the area can be covered. Symptoms: Crusts and scabs and occasionally blisters are seen about the mouth and nose and sometimes elsewhere on the body. This is a bacterial infection and the draining sores are contagious on contact. The scabs need to be scrubbed off and an antibiotic ointment applied directly to the sore. If no improvement is seen, consult your health care provider.

Pink eye (conjunctivitis)

Child may attend school after 24 hours on prescription mediation or on the written advice of their health care provider. Symptoms: Children experience tearing, pain, redness of eye(s) with a yellow discharge, eyelashes stuck together on awakening. This may be followed by sensitivity to light and swelling around the eye. This can be a bacterial infection that needs an antibiotic eye medication prescription from your health care provider.


Child may attend school if under treatment and the area can be covered. Symptoms: Children develop a ring of reddened, dry scaly sores. When present in the scalp, it causes areas of temporary baldness. This is a fungal infection that is contagious on contact. It needs to be treated with a fungicide ointment. If no improvement is seen, consult your health care provider.


Child may attend school after treatment as advised in writing by health care provider. Symptoms: Small raised, reddened areas usually seen between fingers, about the wrist and elbows, which cause intense itching, especially at night. Scratching causes sores. The areas are contagious on contact. Scabies is caused by a mite burrowing into the skin. It takes a prescription medication from your health care provider to cure it.

Strep throat and scarlet fever

Child may attend school after 24-48 hours on prescription medication or on the written advice of the health care provider. Symptoms: It usually comes on quickly, 2-5 days after exposure. Fever, sore throat, enlarged glands in the neck are all symptoms. With scarlet fever, children develop a red, sandpapery rash that appears most often on the neck and chest. Consult your health care provider about antibiotic therapy to prevent complications. 

Head lice

Every year there are about 4 to 12 million cases of head lice reported in this country. The unfortunate reality is that it does affect some students here at Sequoia. It is nice to know that there are easily accessible treatments for head lice. Lice eggs, called nits, are tiny, yellow ovals about as big as a 2 grains of salt (very tiny!), adults are usually light brown and about the size of sesame seeds. They attach themselves to the hair shaft.

  • How do I know? Watch for excessive and repeated scratching. Examine the heads of all family members. Using a magnifying glass, examine the head and eyebrows, carefully, in strong natural light. Check around the ears and at the base of the neck.
  • OUSD policy: We will notify you if head lice is found on your child. Although it is not required to take your child home immediately, we do recommend that your child be treated as promptly and thoroughly as possible. Students should be treated with a lice-killing treatment and nits combed out or picked out manually.
  • Notification: It is important to notify your classroom teacher and the office as soon as possible if your child has been exposed to lice or has lice! If a student in your child’s classroom has been determined to have lice, a notice will come home with your child. This notice will list information for examining your child’s scalp and treatment for your family and home.
  • Treatment: There are many safe treatments for lice. Most products are sold in pharmacies, grocery stores and health stores. If you are unsure how to treat lice, please consult your health care provider, pharmacist or one of the many new lice centers popping up.

There are also several salons in Oakland that will treat head lice.

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