Campus Nurse: Jennifer Vermillion
Clinic Aide: Selena Groeschel : 281-234-1685
Clinic Phone Number: 281-234-1626
Private Fax Number: 281-644-1870
Katy ISD Health Services
Dear Parents, My name is Jennifer Vermillion and I am the campus nurse for TWE. Selena Groeschel, our clinic aide, and I are so happy to be here to care for our Wolfpack family. If your child has a medical condition you would like me to be aware of, please give me a call (281.234.1626). Please read through this information to help us ensure your child has a great year at Tom Wilson Elementary.
A Note from the Nurse:
As the school nurse I will provide a temporary care facility for children who become ill or injured at school. Although we will not call parents for every visit made to the clinic, there may be times I will need to contact you. In order for this to be possible, please keep your phone numbers and records up to date. If your child has a major medical problem, please stop by or give me a call to make sure I am aware of it.
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.
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, impetigo, ringowrm, 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.
Please review the district's Safe Return to School Plan
for full details on our main website here: www.katyisd.org
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me. Hoping for a Safe, Happy and HEALTHY year for everyone.
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.
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 should have a change of clothes. Girls can keep "feminine hygiene" items in the clinic, this could also include a change of clothes.
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.
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.