My name is Amanda Boteler and I am the campus nurse for RAE. Tracy Lopez, our clinic aide, and I are so happy to be here to care for our wonderful StingRAEs. If your child has a medical condition you would like me to be aware of, please give me a call (281.237.7125). Please read through this information to help us ensure your child has a great year at Alexander Elementary.
Please be sure that your student's emergency contacts and parent phone numbers are accurate and up to date. These are very important should I need to contact you. Emergency contacts should be local family or friends that you trust and can be available to pick your student up from school if a parent is not available. If your student is being sent home from the clinic, they will need to be picked up within 20 minutes once you are notified. Please also ensure that you come with your ID.
Health & Nutrition
Health and Nutrition go together. Always start with a healthy breakfast. Pack a snack and look at the lunch menu with your child for healthy lunch options. Remind your child that food, including snacks, are not to be shared at school. Please notify me of any food allergies. Specific seating is in place in the cafeteria for our students with food allergies as well as diet modification forms to modify cafeteria choices.
Sleep is so important. Please be sure your child has a good night's sleep before coming to school.
If Your Child is Sick:
Due to COVID 19, the school district has instituted stricter guidance and precautions regarding symptoms of illness. Please follow KISD for updates regarding COVID-19 and illness.
Please inform the school if your child has been diagnosed with a contagious condition such as Covid-19, pink eye, strep throat, chicken pox, flu, or head lice.
Individuals who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should:
· Consider isolating to prevent the unintended transmission of the virus to others as
· recommended by the CDC.
· Consider seeking medical guidance from your health care provider.
· Consider testing as recommended by the CDC.
· Consider wearing a mask or face covering if respiratory symptoms are present and if you choose not to test for COVID-19 to prevent the unintended transmission of the virus to others.
Individuals who have had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 should:
· Consider self-isolating for 14 days after the date of last contact as recommended by the CDC.
· Monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 for 14 days after the date of last contact as
· recommended by the CDC.
· Consider wearing a mask/face covering if choosing to return to work/school prior to the end of
· the 14-day quarantine period.
· Consider testing between day 3 and day 7 after exposure and if symptoms develop.
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.
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 and medication must be in the original container, dosage must be appropriate, and usage FDA approved.
If your child requires medications to be administered throughout the school year daily or as needed, 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 (i.e. Action plans for Asthma, Food Allergy, Non-Food Allergy, or Seizure).
Medications prescribed or requested to be given three times a day, or for a short time period such as antibiotics, 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, health medication forms can be obtained from the nurse/clinic or the Katy ISD website:
Katy ISD Health Services
Parents are asked to schedule an appointment to bring 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.
Please notify the nurse if your child has any new allergies or other medical changes that arise during the school year. Please feel free to contact the campus nurse with any concerns or questions.
We encourage all students to have an extra set of clothing. Every student, even the older ones, should have a change of clothes (including socks and underwear) stored in their backpack. Spills and mishaps can happen anytime.
Please be sure your student is dressed properly for the weather and activities (ex. tennis shoes for PE) This prevents the parent from being called to the school for a change of clothes.
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.
Katy ISD Health Services performs vision and hearing screening on students 4 years of age by September 1, as well as Kindergartners, 1 th, 3rd, 5th and 7 th graders. In addition, any students new to Katy ISD from out of state, out of country or who were not previously screened in a Texas School. Parents and teacher may also request screening if they have concerns about their student's vision or hearing.
Spinal Screening is required for all Female 5th and 7th graders and Male 8th graders.
Texas Risk Assessment for Type 2 Diabetes (TRAT2) is a screening performed in elementary (3rd grade) and Jr. High.
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. Any questions regarding these screenings should be directed to your campus nurse.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me. Hoping for a Safe, Happy and HEALTHY year for everyone.
Amanda Boteler, RN, BSN