Tracey Nelson BSN, RN
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, vomiting, or have diarrhea must be isolated and sent home. Students are not allowed to return to school until they are symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medications.
Sick Students with Cell Phones
Students who contact their parents by personal cell phone for medication, illness, or injury that has not been assessed by the nurse will be handled through Attendance and, if taken home, will be dismissed as a parent excused absence.
6th Grade parents please note the following shot requirements before entering 7th grade. Documentation can be submitted to the clinic during the school year or emailed over the summer.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap): Tdap is 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 since the last dose of a tetanus containing vaccine at entry into 7th grade, then this dose will become due as soon as the 5 year interval has passed.
Varicella vaccine (chickenpox): Two doses are required with the first on or after the first birthday, and the second dose prior to entry in the 7th grade, unless a parent or physician statement of disease is on file. Additional information regarding these immunizations including exemptions from immunizations can be obtained through the Texas Department of Health website or KISD Health Services.
Proof of immunization must be provided during registration. Student immunizations must be as up-to-date as medically feasible and must be certified by a doctor or public health official. A student will not be allowed to attend class if immunization records are not presented at enrollment. A full list of required immunizations, including information about provisional enrollment, can be downloaded here. For more information, contact the Katy ISD Health Services department at 281-396-2629.
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.
Medicine at School
ALL medications (prescription and nonprescription) should be brought to the clinic immediately upon arrival. 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:
1. 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.
2. 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.
- Appropriate signature.
3. Natural and/or homeopathic-like products, not FDA approved, will not be dispensed in the school setting by school district personnel.