Is my child too sick to come to school?
There are many health reasons that warrant staying home from school so always call ahead if you are in doubt. If your child has experienced fever or diarrhea within the past 24 hours, they are too sick for school. Children should be free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications (such as Tylenol or Motrin) and free of diarrhea without anti-diarrheal medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school. If your child wakes up with eyelids matted together or has yellow or greenish discharge from the eye, they need to be seen by a physician before coming to school. Children should stay home until vomiting has stopped. In many cases, children on antibiotics need to stay home until 24 hours have passed since starting the medication. A physician's note may be required in some cases.
Can I send medicine for my child to take at school?
Medication should be taken at home if at all possible. If a medication must be taken at school, parents should bring it to the clinic and complete a medication permission form. No prescription or over-the-counter medications will be given at school without a completed permission form. Please see the current Student Handbook for district policy regarding herbal, homeopathic and dietary supplements. Please be aware that cough drops are medications.
All medications must be in the original container with the packaging label intact. Prescription medications must include a pharmacy label so make sure to ask your pharmacy to provide you with an extra school bottle at no charge. A physician's note will be required for any over-the-counter medication needed more than three times in a week. Medications must be given according to label instructions or physician order. No aspirin containing medicine can be given at school.
Students may not carry medications to or from school. An adult must drop off and pick up medications.
What screenings are done at school?
Hearing and vision screenings are conducted for elementary students new to the district as well as those in pre-k, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade. Texas Risk Assessment for Type 2 Diabetes is conducted in 1st, 3rd and 5th grade. Spinal screenings are performed in 5th grade. While mass screenings for head lice are not routinely performed, I will assess individual students who exhibit symptoms of head lice infestation and I may focus on certain areas of the school on occasion.
What if I cannot afford a doctor, dentist or glasses?
There are many free or low-cost resources available throughout our community. Please call and I will be happy to help connect you with appropriate care.
My child has a potentially life threatening allergy. What do I need to do at school?
The most important step is for parents to personally notify me of the allergy and the child's symptoms so that I can update the school health record. An Allergy Action Plan must be completed and turned in to the school nurse every school year. In order for our cafeteria to accommodate any food allergy restrictions or substitutions, you and your child's physician must also complete a Student Nutrition Form every year.
What if my child needs to sit out of recess or PE?
Please send a physician's note specifying what activities are to be restricted and for how long.