BES Campus Nurse
Christilynn Osbourne, RN, BSN, CVRN-BC
Health & Nutrition
Please encourage your child to start each day with a healthy breakfast. Look at the lunch menu with your child and encourage healthy choices. Remind your child that food, including snacks, are not to be shared at school. Specific seating is in place in the cafeteria for our students with food allergies. Please ensure that your child has a good night's sleep before coming to school.
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.
- For cough drops- they must be in original container with a note granting permission for cough drops to be given with student full name, parent full name and parent signature.
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 the Katy ISD website:
Katy ISD 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.
To print off Katy ISD health related forms, please click here.
We encourage all students to have an extra set of clothing in their backpacks. This prevents the parent from being called to the school for a change of clothes. The clinic keeps a very limited supply of clothing.
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.
It is a good habit to check your children regularly for lice. Watch for frequent scratching of the scalp, brown or white eggs (nits) on the hair shaft that may look like dandruff but are not easily brushed away, and live lice which are brown and move very quickly. Encourage your child not to share combs, brushes, hair decorations or hats. If you think someone in your family has head lice, it's best to check everyone in the family and notify friends or relatives who may have been in contact as well. Please contact the campus nurse with any questions, or if you have treated your child for head lice.
Vision & Hearing
Grades Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 5th are screened annually in the first semester for vision and hearing. Any student in grades 2 and 4 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.
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 3rd 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. Thank you!