Tracey Nelson BSN, RN
If Your Child is Sick
Children must be free of fever (less than 100.0 degrees) for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (such as Tylenol or Motrin/Advil) before returning to school.
Children must be free from vomiting and/or diarrhea for 24 hours without the use of preventative medications before returning to school.
Please inform the school if your child has been diagnosed with a contagious condition such as pink eye, strep throat, chicken pox, flu, or head lice
If Your Child Requires Medication at School
Children are NOT permitted to carry medication, including cough drops. ALL MEDICATION must be administered from the clinic. Students may deliver non-controlled substances to clinic first thing in morning, if necessary.
If your child needs to take medicine at school short term (15 days or less), the parent must complete and sign an "Administration of Medication at School for Less Than 15 days" form.
If your child requires medications to be administered throughout the school year, the parent and physician must complete and sign an "Administration of Medication at School for More Than 15 Days" form, OR an appropriate Action Plan (ie. Action plans for Asthma, Food Allergy, Non-Food Allergy, or Seizure).
A written parent request with the date, name, strength, dose, route, time to be given, and reason, with a parent signature, for a single dose of medication on a particular day is acceptable.
Medications prescribed or requested to be given three times a day, or less, are not to be given at school. The only exception to this rule is if a physician prescribes a specific time, during school hours (or the school nurse determines that a special need exists for an individual student).
For your convenience, medication forms can be obtained from the nurse/clinic or
KISD Health Services.
Parents are asked to deliver the medication to the clinic and bring only the necessary amount for school. All medications must be in their original container with a current expiration date. Prescription medications must be in the original container with the child's name, medication, and dosing instructions.
Regulations governing administration of medications during school hours must be strictly adhered to by school personnel. Any natural and/or homeopathic products, not FDA approved, will not be dispensed by school personnel.
Texas state law and Katy ISD require that every student have current immunizations or have a current physician-provided medical exemption or a current state-issued affidavit for reasons of conscience exemption on file in order to attend school. If you have any questions, please call the school nurse BEFORE your child's immunizations are due.
The following immunizations are required before entering the 7th grade. Documentation can be submitted to the clinic during the school year or emailed over the summer.
Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis): Required for all students entering 7th grade if at least 5 years has lapsed since the last dose of a tetanus containing vaccine (DTap, DPT, DT). If 5 years have not elapsed at entry into 7th grade, then this dose will become due as soon as the 5-year interval has passed.
Meningococcal (Meningitis) Vaccine: 1 dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine is required on or after the student's 11th birthday.
Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine: 2 doses are required with the first on or after the 1st birthday. The 2nd dose is required prior to entry into the 7th grade, unless a parent or physician statement of disease is on file.
Vision & Hearing
7th graders are screened annually in the first semester for vision and hearing. Also any student who did not attend a Texas school previously may also be screened. If your child has been or will be screened during the school year, and you do not wish them to be screened at school, please contact the nurse. Parents may also request screening if they have concerns about their child's vision or hearing. Parents will be contacted by the campus nurse if their child has failed the screening and a referral for a professional exam will be sent home.
7th grade girls and 8th grade boys will be screened. The screening is simple. Screeners will look at your child's back while he or she stands and bends forward. The school will send you a letter if your child does not pass the screening. The letter will tell you how to follow-up with a doctor.
Scoliosis is not a disease–it is a description of abnormal curves in the spine. When curves occur side-to-side, twisting the body, the spine is not aligned properly. This indicates scoliosis is present.
Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment (formerly called ANTES)
Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition that signals high insulin levels in the body. It is believed that higher than normal insulin levels in the bloodstream cause growth of darkened skin over parts of the body (neck, knuckles, elbows, knees, groin or stomach). These markings can help identify persons who run risk of developing diabetes in the future. The campus nurse will do a risk assessment screening of 7th grade students, looking at the neck, during the second semester. Parents will be notified by phone and a written referral letter which recommends a physician's evaluation.
Change in Medical and Contact Information
Please notify the nurse if your child has any new allergies or other medical changes that arise during the school year. It is also important to keep your contact information, phone numbers, and emergency contacts current.
Please feel free to contact the campus nurse with any concerns or questions.