Health Services

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Youlandean Johnson

Health Services Supervisor
(951) 248-7700 x6571

The CSDR Health Services Department is open twenty-four hours a day from Sunday night at 6:30 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. on Friday. There is a registered nurse on duty at all times.

Health Services’ emphasis is on first aid and short-term care, with the goal of returning students to the classroom or cottage as quickly as possible. Residential students will be provided more extended services beyond school hours as deemed necessary.

CSDR has a school physician. He provides medical coverage to the nursing staff who utilize his standing orders for all nursing care. He also provides direct services as needed to CSDR students. Emergency care is arranged at a local hospital for all students should it be necessary.

Students may be sent home if deemed necessary by the nurse/physician. Some of the conditions that students may be sent home for include: nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, severe cough, respiratory distress, rash of unknown origin, severe sore throat or difficulty swallowing, pink eye, and areas of skin with yellow crusty areas which cannot be covered.

Students suspected or diagnosed with having an infectious or communicable disease may be excluded from school until treated. A physician’s note may be required for students returning to school for readmission after a communicable or serious illness. If the student is prescribed an antibiotic, the student must receive this medication for twenty-four hours before returning to school. If the student has had an elevated temperature, he/she should not return to school until their temperature has returned to Norma for at least twenty-four hours.

While CSDR nurses may initially care for students’ illnesses and/or injuries at school, the final health care responsibility remains with the student’s parents or guardians and their private physicians. Nursing staff will notify parent or guardian when their child is treated for medical problems or injuries; however, exceptions to notification may include complaints and/or treatment of minor scrapes, occasional headaches, low-grade fever, or colds, etc.

The CSDR Authorization for Medical Treatment form must be completed prior to admission at the beginning of each school year. This form authorizes the Health Services staff to provide or arrange for any medical care the student may require at school. Each student must have a signed pass to go to Health Services and each student will return to their area with a signed pass from the nursing staff.

Health Insurance

It is important that current insurance information be provided to Health Services. If a student is eligible for Medical, the number and issue date of the card must be provided. All information will be on file if needed for medical care and services. Parents and guardians are responsible for all student medical bills.

Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions regarding the Health Services Department.


Health Services staff and authorized school staff administers all medication, as ordered by the student’s doctor. NO MEDICATIONS (prescribed or over the counter) are to be kept by the students in their rooms or on their person (including day students). Medications and vitamins can only be given to students if a written physician’s order (authorization) has been received from your family physician.

Medication must be received in the original prescription container and properly labeled with the correct name and directions. Regularly scheduled medications will be dispensed after meals, after school, and 8 P.M. A weekly medication list is sent to residential and classroom staff indicating the times students are needed for medication dispensation.

For students in the 7th grade and higher, asthma inhalers may be kept in the student’s possession. Completion of an authorization procedure, which includes the signatures of the student’s physician, parent/guardian, and school principal is required before the student will be allowed to keep the inhaler. It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to monitor the student’s inhaler for refill purposes.

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