School Nurses

Oakland Tech’s school community is served by two full time nurses dedicated to maximizing the health, safety and well-being of roughly 2,000 students.

In addition to their immediate duties, our nurses also coordinate a variety of programs aimed at providing real, transformative services for Bulldogs in need, including vision care for students and groceries and personal care products for both students and their families. Information about these programs is below.

Contact Information

Sarah Nielsen Boyd, MS, RN, PHN
sarah.boyd@ousd.org
(510) 450-5400 x 147

Amanda Epperson, LVN
amanda.epperson@ousd.org
(510) 450-5400 x 159

Both school nurses are at Tech every day — typically from 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM. However, they are frequently not in their offices due to meetings, diabetes coverage, trainings, issues on campus and more. The best way to reach them is by email. If it is urgent, please call.

How We Support Our Students

We receive diagnoses, if any, for students in AERIES, the school database. If you receive a request for medical information from us it’s because Aeries is telling us that your child has a
diagnosis such as asthma, seizures or severe allergies. If this information is not correct or has
changed, please let us know by email or phone so that we can correct Aeries. 

If your child has a diagnosis that could be an issue during the school day (asthma, severe allergies requiring emergency medications, seizures, etc.) please have his/her pediatrician complete the relevant form and return the form to us in Room 110A. The form must be signed by the doctor or nurse practitioner and signed by a parent or guardian. These forms must be renewed annually. A great time to take care of this is over the summer so that everything is ready to go when school starts.

Health Forms

Links to important health forms are available here. Forms are also available in hard copy form in Room 110A.  

Medications

If any medications are needed during the school day such as an asthma inhaler, Epipen, Tylenol or Ibuprofen, those must be supplied by the family and brought to school in a pharmacy-labeled container along with medical orders describing when to give the medication. The school nurses do not have any medications that can be given to a student unless the family has provided the medications with medical orders.

TechniClinic

If you signed a consent form for your child to be seen at the Techniclinic for minor issues such as
headaches or cramps, then s/he can go to the Techniclinic to get medication. Consent forms are
available at the clinic.

Support Programs

Tech’s nurses’s spearhead several programs to support Tech students and their families:

Tech Backpack Program for Food Insecure Bulldog Families

Oakland Tech has been approved for the Backpack Program through the Alameda County Food Bank for the 2017-18 school year. The Backpack Program provides identified students with a backpack of non-perishable food every two weeks. Families who enroll agree to complete client surveys for the Alameda County Food Bank. A family may enroll any time throughout the school year, and will be added to the next distribution after enrollment. If your household is experiencing food insecurity and would like to enroll, please either pick up a form in the nurses’s office in Room 110A (or download and print this one), complete it and return it to the nurse’s office or by email to Amanda.Epperson@ousd.org.

Free Eye Exams and Eyeglasses for Students

Tech students have an opportunity to receive free eye exams and eyeglasses through Vision To Learn, a mobile vision care clinic that brings its services directly to Tech. If you would like your student to participate in this program, please fill out the following consent form — here in English and here in Spanish — and have your student return it to the Nurse’s Office (Room 110A). Forms are also available in the Nurse’s Office. Contact amanda.epperson@ousd.org for more information.

Bulldog Closet

Tech’s Bulldog Closet is a resource for students who are homeless or whose families cannot afford personal hygiene products or basic clothing items such as socks, underwear and t-shirts. Any student or family expressing need is eligible to receive products from the Bulldog Closet. We are always grateful for donations. If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Amanda at amanda.epperson@gmail.com. Donations may be dropped off in Room 110A. Thank you!

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