Please notify the teacher in advance to make sure no one else is bringing something in that day. We try to prevent multiple treats on the same day.
Children may not carry medicine with them while on school grounds; not even cough drops. There are several policies on administering medications at school that can be found on the Katy ISD website. Although we are able to administer medications at school, any medications to be given 3 times a day or less is to be given at home per district policy. For all other medications, I must have them in their original container with a proper label accompanied by permission slip from the parents with specific instruction (see less than 15 day form or more than 15 day form). If the medication needs to be given for more than 15 days, we require a form authorizing the administration of medication and a doctor's signature or the signature of a nurse practitioner/physician's assistant. All necessary forms are available online or in the clinic. It is also important to note the clinic does not keep stock medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
Natural/homeopathic and non-FDA approved medications will not be administered by the clinic staff or in the school setting by school district personnel.
Please pack an extra set of clothing;
Please include underwear and socks, in a plastic bag for your child in their backpack. It is comforting to have your own clothes in case of an accident. Although some clothing has been donated to the clinic, more times than not, the clothes do not fit the child, and a parent must be called to drop off a change of clothing. Kids can spill milk, get into mud, rip their shorts, or have an accident. EVERYONE in ALL GRADES should have a change of clothes. Girls can keep "feminine hygiene" items in the clinic, this could also include a change of clothes.
24 Hour Rule:
Vomiting, Diarrhea, and Fever over 100.0 If your child exhibits these symptoms at school, they will be sent home. They must stay home and be symptom free, without the use of preventative medications (Tylenol, Motrin/Advil, Imodium, etc.) for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, head lice have not been shown to spread disease. However, students with active lice will be sent home to be treated. Please refer to your physician for treatment options. After treatment has been performed, your child must be checked by the nurse, and be free of live lice before they are cleared to return to class. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Students could have either viral or bacterial pink eye. Bacterial pink eye needs to be treated with antibiotics-usually eye drops-for 24 hours before returning to school. No exclusion is necessary for viral pink eye, but only a doctor can diagnosis whether it is viral or bacterial.
Vision & Hearing:
Grades Pre-K, 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/or a referral will be sent home for a professional exam.
Type 2 Diabetes Screening:
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 students, looking at the neck, during the hearing and vision screenings. Parents will be notified by phone and/or a written referral letter which recommends a physician's evaluation.
Scoliosis is a condition that causes an abnormal curvature of the spine. 5th grade girls will be screened for it in the first semester. Catching a spinal problem early can make treatment easier. Delayed treatment of a spinal issue can lead to health issues in the future. The screening process is simple and will be explained in a letter sent home to the students being screened.
April Brown, RN
Clinic Nurse- Stanley Elementary