Alta Vista Elementary School

Health Care & Emergency Preparedness

School Health Office

Alta Vista School has a health office, staffed by the school health clerk, Mrs. Denison.  Mrs. Denison can be reached at 310-798-8650 x3254 or via email at The health office provides help in the event of sudden illness or injury at school and will notify parents or guardians if a child needs to go home or seek further medical attention.

Parents - please make sure that you fill out the emergency information cards and flyers in your back-to-school packet so that the school can contact you in the event of an emergency.  Please contact the School Office if any emergency information changes.

Clothing Donations

The school health office appreciates donations of gently used clothing that can be loaned to students in the event of accidents or mishaps.  Loaned clothing should be washed and returned to the school in good condition the next day.  If you have any used clothing for boys and girls aged 5-11 that you would like to donate, please send it to the school office.

Illness and Attendance

It is important for students to attend school on a regular basis but it is equally important to keep them at home when they are too sick to attend!  You should keep your child at home if s/he has any of the following symptoms, and keep them home until any fever or symptoms have subsided for 24 hours:

  • Fever measured at or above 100°F.
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
  • Flu symptoms such as: body aches, fever, headaches, sore throat.
  • Undiagnosed skin conditions that may be contagious.
  • Conjunctivitis (pinkeye).

You may send your child to school with minor conditions such as:

  • Ear infections (under treatment, with no pain, drainage or fever).
  • Minor colds (clear runny nose, coughing, sneezing, no fever).
  • Strep throat or other infections (after 24 hours of treatment, with no symptoms or fever).

If you need to keep your child home from school, please contact the school office at 310-798-8650 as soon as possible to explain their absence.  Please also send an explanatory note with your child on their return to school.

Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Kits

Alta Vista Elementary School has a well-stocked emergency bin containing supplies for staff and students in the event that they are required to remain on campus during an emergency or disaster situation.  Students are also expected to have their own disaster kits which will be stored in special bins in their classrooms.

Look in the back of your RBUSD Parent/Student Handbook for information about what to put in a disaster kit and an emergency information sheet, which must be completed and included in the kit. (The handbook and form are included in your Back-To-School Packet on the first day of school.)  Items that are typically requested for a disaster kit include:

  • The Disaster Preparedness Form.
  • One old sweatshirt or sweater.
  • One small packet of Kleenex.
  • One small packet of wet wipes.
  • One 6-ounce can of juice.
  • Three small snack packages - please choose commercially vacuum-packed items such as granola bars, peanuts, beef jerky, life savers, fruit rolls, etc.

These items should be placed in a 1-gallon Ziploc bag and the bag should be sealed securely with tape.  Please write the child's name and classroom on the front of the bag and have the emergency information form facing outwards.  Please bring the bag back to school on Friday September 5th (or as soon as possible thereafter).

Please do NOT add extra items or quantities than those stated above as space in the bins is limited!  Also, please do not include loose snacks or crackers that can be easily crushed. If you wish, you may include a letter and family photo in the bag for your child, as these may be a source of comfort in the event of an emergency and extended separation.

Please note that if your child attends the CDC program, you should also send a second disaster kit to be kept in their CDC classroom.