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Katy Independent School District

Sundown Elementary

Clinic


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YOUR CHILD IS SICK:

  • Children must be free of fever (less than 100 degrees) for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications (such as Tylenol or Advil/Motrin) before returning to school.

  • Children must be free of vomiting and/or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school and need to be eating and drinking without any problems.

  • Please call the school nurse if your child has been diagnosed with a contagious condition such as pink eye, strep throat, chicken pox, impetigo, ringworm, flu or has vomiting and/or diarrhea.

  •  Parents, should call the school attendance clerk, Jasmine Tenorio, phone number 281-237-5788, anytime your child is absent from school.  Parent note must accompany child's return to school. Doctor's note is required for absences of 5 days or more.


HAND WASHING:

Hand washing may be the single most important step in reducing the spread of infection, and yet a study showed that only 67% of people practice any sort of hand hygiene. Germs are everywhere and can make you sick. It is important to wash your hands, and to do it often.

When should I wash my hands? The CDC states you should use soap and water to wash your hands:

  • before eating food, and before and after preparing food
  • before and after touching and treating a wound
  • after using the bathroom or changing diapers
  • before and after caring for or visiting someone who is sick
  • after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • after touching an animal, animal food, or animal waster
  • after touching garbage
  • when your hands are visibly dirty.

NOTE *If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, and wash with soap and water as soon as you can.

How do I wash my hands the right way? Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.


MEDICATION:

Children are not permitted to carry medication, including cough drops. ALL MEDICATION must be administered from the clinic. Over the counter medication for less than 15 days must be accompanied by a note from the parent authorizing administration of the medication, reason for the medication, the dose, time and amount. Parents are asked to deliver the medication to the clinic and bring only the necessary amount for school. ALL medication must be in the original container.  All prescription medication must be in the original pharmacy container with the child's name, medication date and dosing instructions.  Parents may request a 2nd bottle from the pharmacy so that the nurse can have the appropriately labeled bottle in the clinic.  Medications directed to be administered 3 times per day, or every 8 hours, are to be given at home.    Please call the school nurse with any questions regarding the delivery of medications to school. 

 Katy ISD website for Health Services forms:  Click here to access Health Services.  Click on the specific clinic form needed.​

 

IMMUNIZATIONS:

Texas state law and KATY ISD requires that all students 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. Specific immunization requirements can be found on the Health Services website. 

 

HEAD CHECKS:

Children with live lice are excluded from school. Parents, it is always a good practice to check your children on a regular basis at home. For further information please refer to Health Services.​

 

CLOTHING:

Every student should have a change of clothes (including underwear + socks) rolled up or placed in a baggie in the bottom of their backpack. This prevents the parent from being called to the school for a change of clothes. Clean clothing may be necessary for a food/drink mishap in the cafeteria, as well as for bathroom accidents.

HEALTH & NUTRITION:

Please encourage your child to start each day with a healthy breakfast. We are lucky here at Sundown to be able to offer all students a healthy breakfast at no cost.  Students must arrive before 7:55 to receive this free breakfast. 

Look at the lunch menu with your child and encourage healthy choices.  Remind your child that food/ snacks are not to be shared at school. Please notify the nurse prior to school if your child has food allergies.

Parents, please ensure that your child has a good night's sleep before coming to school.

 

 SCREENING FOR VISION AND HEARING: 

All grades except 2nd and 4th are screened for vision and hearing. Parents may call the nurse to request a 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 school screening, and a request for professional exam will be sent home.

 

SCREENING FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES:

Acanthosis nigricans (ANTES) 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 (darkened skin areas) can help identify persons who run risk of developing diabetes in the future. The campus nurse will do ANTES screening of students in 3rd grade. Parents will be notified by phone and by a written referral letter which recommends a physician's evaluation and lab study.

Please ensure that the campus nurse is updated with any changes in your child's medical information. It is also important to provide the school with correct and updated phone numbers.  If you have changes, please contact the Attendance Clerk.

 

SCREENING FOR SCOLIOSIS:

Spinal Screening is required for all Female 5th graders.  Information regarding these screenings will be sent out prior to the screening. 

If your child has been screened by their pediatrician, please provide a copy of the results to the school nurse.

 

Thank you,

Karri Loo, BSN, RN
Sundown Elementary School Nurse
281-237-5425

Email Nurse Loo

Clinic Fax: 281-644-1612                                                  

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