Students must be healthy to be educated and educated to be healthy.
Texas Department of State Health Services regulation states, “School Districts should not provide any medications for student or personnel.” Only medication provided by and requested by a parent/guardian will be dispensed. If you would like Over the Counter,(OTC) - non-prescription medications to be given on an as needed basis, (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Pepto-Bismol etc…..) you will need to request a permission form and return the completed form with the medication(s). This form may also be used for short term prescription medications, such as antibiotics. If your child will be taking medication daily, please pick up a separate medication administration packet in the nurse’s office. There will be forms for both the parent and the doctor to complete.
Every year a number of students become ill because of exposure to other children in the classroom. To help you make the decision about whether or not to send your child to school, refer to the following guidelines. If your child displays any of these symptoms, it is important to keep your child at home.
Fever: Fever over 100.0 degrees. Students must be fever free for 24hours without the aid of fever reducing medications. Example: if your child goes to bed with 101 and awakes with 97.6, keep them at home until their temperature stays below 100.0 for 24 hours.
Nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea: If your child wakes up with vomiting or diarrhea keep them at home.
Cough: Persistent cough can indicate a severe cold, bronchitis, flu or pneumonia.
Sore throat with fever and /or white spots on the throat. This could be a sign of Strep throat which is contagious and should be evaluated by a physician.
Rash with fever. Should be evaluated by a physician
Red, itchy and draining eyes. Should be evaluated for “pink eye” which is contagious and must be on antibiotic eye drops for 24 hours before returning to school or symptom free.
Earache or toothache pain at a level that may interfere with learning.
Head lice: A child must remain at home until treated with medicated shampoo and all of the nits have been removed. Parents should accompany their child to the nurse’s office when they return to school to be checked before returning to class. CDC treatment recommedation: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html
The close of the 80th Legislative Session resulted in the passage of House Bill (HB) 1059, which requires DSHS to create a list of the required immunizations for school attendance and a list of the recommended vaccinations. The required immunization list, although already in existence as the Minimum Immunization Requirements, has been updated. DSHS follows the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended immunizations, thus this schedule will serve as the department’s recommended list of vaccinations.
Please visit: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school/default.shtm (English and Spanish translations available at this website.)