Damita Proffitt, RN, BSN
Please keep in mind that KISD has a 24 hour rule regarding fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Keep your student home until they are free of any of these symptoms for 24 hours.
This is a NUT RESTRICTED school, not nut free. This means that students cannot have any type of peanut, cashew, almond, or any type of nut for a CLASSROOM snack. At lunch time, it is different as they are grouped into sections for food allergies. Parents please remember to NOT send a NUT snack. If a nut snack is sent with a student, they may not eat it in the classroom.
Lice continues to be an ongoing problem. We no longer complete classroom checks for this. We only check the students who are symptomatic. If a student is found to have live lice, they will be sent home to be treated. Once they are treated and have no live lice in their hair, they may return to school. If they have nits only, they do not have to be sent home, but parents will be notified so the student can be treated.
Vision and Hearing Screenings are done in the Fall of each year for Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades.
24 Hour Rule
Students who demonstrate signs and symptoms of illness or a possible communicable disease should be referred to the school clinic for further assessment. Those with an elevated temperature of 100.0 degrees or above or those who vomit or have diarrhea must be isolated and sent home. The student must be fever free without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours before he/she can be allowed back in school.
Those excluded due to vomiting or diarrhea must also be free of symptoms without the use of
preventative medications before being allowed back in school. (Administrative Regulation FFAD) The 24 hour period is used as the standard length of time to determine if indeed symptoms have subsided.
Immunizations must be as up to date a medically feasible.
Katy ISD follows the Texas Department of State Health Services recommendation for immunization compliance in order for a student to attend school. The law requires that all students be up-to-date as medically feasible in order to attend classes. The immunization vaccine requirements for each grade level are listed on the Katy ISD website. Exemptions to the immunization requirements are allowable on an individual basis for medical contraindications, reasons of conscience-including religious belief, and active duty with the armed forces of the United States.
For further information visit the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Students who become ill at school are sent to the clinic for evaluation by the campus nurse. The campus nurse will call the parent if a student needs to go home or needs to talk personally to the parent. An ill student must leave school through the clinic.
Keep your child at home if he/she as a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher, is vomiting or has diarrhea. Students must be symptom free for at least 24 hours without preventative medication. (For a student sent home from the clinic, at a minimum, the 24-hour rule begins when the student is signed out from school.)
Medicine at School
All medications (prescription and nonprescription) brought to the school must be taken to the school clinic immediately upon arrival. Students may transport prescription/nonprescription medication to and from school as long as the medication is not a controlled substance. Students may not be in possession of any prescription or nonprescription drug on school grounds during school hours unless officially authorized by the campus nurse for possession and self-administration of a prescription medication for asthma, anaphylaxis, or diabetes. The following procedures are to be followed regarding medications:
All prescription drugs dispensed through a physician's office must be in their original pharmacy container or packing and labeled by the pharmacist or physician. The label must include:
The student's name.
The physician's name.
The name and strength of the drug.
Amount of drug to be given.
Frequency of administration.
Date prescription was filled.
All nonprescription drugs must be in their original container. The written request for administration of these over-the counter drugs, made by parent, guardian, or physician, must contain the following:
Full name of student.
Name of drug.
Amount of drug to be given.
Scheduled hours when the drug is to be given.
Reason drug is to be given.
Natural and/or homeopathic-like products, not FDA approved, will not be dispensed in the school setting by school district personnel.