Hello! We're so happy you're here!
Our goal in the SDSCPA Health Office to keep our students as healthy and happy as possible during the school day and beyond. We work closely with parents, extended family members, and guardians, our School Counselors, Administration Team, Teachers, and all other school staff to ensure your students are well-cared for while on our campus.
Health Information Exchange Consent Form "Goldenrod Form"
Please help us care for your student by ensuring we are up to date on any health information that may impact their learning. This form is our "go to" for health related information that needs to be communicated from parents/guardians to our Health Office staff. We need a new form every year for every student. The Health Information Exchange Consent Form can be turned in to the Health Office.
Medications on Campus
Over the Counter Medications (OTCs)
Please note that students are not permitted to carry OTCs, or any other medication* on campus. This is for everyone's safety.
*Students may carry and self-administer prescription auto-injectable epinephrine and asthma inhalers if certain requirements are met.
All students with asthma will need to have and Asthma Action Plan submitted to the Health Office. Bring the Asthma Action Plan, along with your student's inhaler (and spacer, if needed), to the Health Office. The inhaler must be in its original packaging and must have the original pharmacy label adhered to the container. Inhalers will be kept in the Health Office for student use during the school day. Students may carry and self-administer prescription asthma inhalers only if their physician indicates they are allowed to self-carry on campus AND if the student can demonstrate proper use to the Health Office personnel.
Allergy and Anaphylaxis Medications
All students with severe allergies (peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, bees, etc.) will need to have an Allergy and Anaphylaxis Plan on file in the Health Office. Please bring the Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan, along with any prescribed medications in their original packaging, to the Health Office. Students may carry and self-administer prescription EpiPens only if their physician indicates they are allowed to self-carry on campus AND if the student can demonstrate proper use to the Health Office personnel.
Sometimes students will be prescribed diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or other OTC allergy medication. Our health office does not stock allergy medications, but we will happily keep other allergy medications here in the Health Office for your student to use as needed. Please bring OTC allergy medication and the Doctor's order to the Health Office.
Seasonal Allergy Medication
Students with seasonal allergies may keep allergy medication in the health office for use as needed. Please note that students are not permitted to carry seasonal allergy medication (such as Zyrtec, Claritin, Benadryl) with them. If you would like your student to have access to allergy medication during the day, please have their physician fill out the Physician's Recommendation for Medication form. Next, turn in the form, along with the correct medication and dosage in the original bottle, to the Health Office. Your student will have access to their medication as needed/prescribed.
Students with a known seizure condition need to have a Seizure Action Plan on file in the Health Office. Please bring the Seizure Action Plan, along with any prescribed medication (such as Valtoco) in its original packaging with pharmacy label, to the Health Office.
For any other medications that need to be given during the school day, such as ADHD medications, antibiotics, etc., please have your child's physician fill out the Physician's Recommendation for Medication form. Bring the form, along with the medication in its original packaging from the pharmacy (labeled with the student's name) to the Health Office.
Questions about Medications?
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about your student's medication use during the school day. Please call or email Nurse Suzie.
For complete information about our SDUSD Nursing and Wellness Program, please visit SDUSD Nursing and Wellness.
Covid Guideline Updates as of 1/16/24
In order to keep our campus as healthy as possible, please keep sick students home. Symptoms associated with Covid-19 include: fever with or without chills > 100.0 F; cough; shortness of breath; nasal congestion/runny nose; sore throat; nausea/vomiting/diarrhea; fatigue; new loss of taste or smell; headache; muscle/body aches; poor feeding or poor appetite. If your student is suffering from any of these symptoms, please keep them home them at home and follow the current testing guidelines described in the Covid-19 Decision Tree or call our Health Office for assistance.
Updated Covid testing information can be found on our SDUSD Covid 19 Information website.
At-home tests are acceptable for use. If you would like a testing kit, please stop by the front office. Tests are available for pick up. Check out the SDUSD Covid 19 Testing website for more details.
See the SDUSD Decision Tree for information on how to handle Illness, Testing Positive for Covid-19, Exposure, and more. The Decision Tree is updated regularly based on information from the California Department of Public Health.
If your student has tested positive for Covid, please call to report it to either the School Nurse, our Health Tech, or our Attendance Clerk. We will update the Contact Tracing Database, and a Contact Tracer will reach out to you with detailed instructions.
Immunization (Shot) Requirements for all SDSCPA Students
California Health Laws require that all students under age 18 years, pre-kindergarten (UTK) through Grade 12, be immunized against certain diseases unless they are exempt for medical reasons. At the time of registration, the school is required to have proof that your child has received all currently due immunizations.
Current SDSCPA Students
Our Health Office keeps up to date on all student immunizations throughout the school year. If your student requires an updated immunization, we will send parents/guardians notification via email and U.S. mail. SDUSD guidelines state that students have 10 school days to obtain missing immunizations. This guideline is especially important for our 6th graders, who need a Tdap booster before starting 7th Grade.
Where to submit immunization records?
Updated immunization records can be submitted to the Health Office anytime. Feel free to bring in a paper copy, send in a copy via email to Nurse Suzie, or send a copy in with your student to turn in at the Health Office.
Still have Immunization questions?
Please contact Immunizations@sandi.net with any immunization or exemption questions.
Health Office Wishlist!
We get everything we need from our very supportive school site, but we can always use extra snacks and other supplies. If you'd like to contribute, please see our list below. This list is updated based on our current needs. Thank you!
Your Health Office Team
Health Technician: Jessica Pambid
School Nurse: Suzie Seldess, RN, MA N.Ed., RCSN, PHN
I grew up in Belpre, Ohio, a small town on the Ohio River. As a young person, I dreamed of moving away from my small town to become a famous clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic. I was accepted to Northwestern University, and in 2000 I graduated with a dual Bachelor's degree in Clarinet Performance and Music Education. During my time at Northwestern, I realized that although I was the best clarinetist in my small town, it takes a LOT to become one of the best clarinetists in the world. I decided to try to help others follow their musical dreams by becoming a music teacher, and taught K-8 music at Cleveland Elementary in Chicago.
In 2003 I had the opportunity to move to China to teach Conversational English at Guizhou University. It was a chance of a lifetime, so I packed my bags and spent the year in Huaxi, Guizhou, helping college professors hone their English Speaking skills in order to prepare for their own study abroad experiences. I traveled around China in my free time and visited a few cities in India on the way home.
I grew up a lot during my time abroad and realized after some harrowing health experiences overseas that a career in healthcare was what I wanted to pursue next. With a career in nursing, I could combine my creativity with my desire to care for and support others. I went to community college to fulfill all the science and math classes I didn't take at Northwestern, and got in to New York University's Accelerated Nursing program. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2007 and began my nursing career at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
In 2009 my husband and I got another opportunity we couldn't refuse- to move to Saudi Arabia to live and work at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. My husband helped to run the university's audio lab, while I worked at the IB School on campus while earning a Master of Arts in Nursing Education through Pace University in New York. During our three years in Saudi Arabia, we traveled throughout the Middle East and Europe. It was during our time in Saudi Arabia that I had my son.
We returned to the U.S. in 2012 and worked as a Home Health Nurse, Nursing Education Consultant, and Immunization Nurse. I had my daughter in 2014. In 2019 I decided to try out School Nursing at the recommendation of a friend who loved her own career as a School Nurse. I started out with San Diego Unified as a part-time substitute School Nurse and was amazed at how much I loved school nursing.
In 2021 I began working full-time at SDSCPA, and feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I truly enjoy working with all of our students and the amazing staff here at SDSCPA. I love that I can draw upon my nursing knowledge, travel experiences, and arts background to help our students maintain their physical and mental health while pursuing their own dreams- whether in music, dance, theater, art, or whatever it is that drives their passion. In my free time I like to hang out with my family, and am actively involved in my kids' extracurricular activities. I love to run, do yoga, hike, read books, and hang out at the beach. And I still play my clarinet! You'll find me performing with the Villa Musica Summer Band during the summer. Once a musician, always a musician!