Nurse Becky Barrera
Email - RebeccaLBarrera@katyisd.org
Clinic Aide - Jaimie Pulido
Important Covid-19 and communicable disease information:
All symptoms will be taken seriously. Students should be prescreened at home prior to coming to school. Any student reporting symptoms at school will be sent to the clinic, evaluated and sent home per KISD protocol. The reporting of symptoms will be taken seriously for the health and safety of our students and staff. It is imperative parent/guardians have updated personal and emergency contact information for prompt student pick up. Again, students' and staffs' health and safety are our priority. Parent/guardian will be provided with detailed instructions regarding criteria for readmission to school from Health Services/KISD Office of Emergency Management once the student has been sent home.
Covid -19 symptoms:
Temperature greater than 100, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, shaking or exaggerated shivering, significant muscle pain or ache, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea. (A person may present with only one symptom or a combination of the symptoms). Below is a flowchart to aide you in the decision if your child should come to school or stay home. Also below is an example letter that may be sent home with your child that explains the 24-hour rule and the protocol if sent home with Covid-19 symptoms.
Should you stay home? Flow Chart
Katy ISD Parent 24-hour Rule
Except in the case of emergency, students may visit the clinic only after obtaining a clinic pass from their teacher. Students need to come to the clinic if feeling ill. If they contact their parent to be picked up or make previous arrangements, the Nurse cannot excuse their absence. Please be aware that if your child has multiple absences from school and is not showing signs of a communicable illness, their illness may not be excused by the Nurse.
Students must have a pass- It is important that teachers know where they are and they won't be marked unexcused from class.
The clinic is a NO Cell Phone zone. This includes texting. They may use their phones to call their parent if given permission by the nurse.
If they are in the clinic to rest, we ask that they turn off their music, phones, and we discourage socializing with their peers so they and others may rest.
6th Grade parents, please note the following vaccination requirements before entering 7th grade. Documentation can be submitted to the clinic or emailed to the nurse. Remember to keep a copy for your records. Failure to turn in this documentation may cause delays in receiving 7th grade schedules.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap): Tdap is required for all students entering 7th grade if at least 5 years has lapsed since the last dose of a tetanus containing vaccine (DTap, DPT, DT). If 5 years have not elapsed since the last dose of a tetanus containing vaccine at entry into 7th grade, then this dose will become due as soon as the 5-year interval has passed.
Meningococcal Vaccine: 1 dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine is required on or after the student's 11th birthday. Note: If a student received this vaccine at 10 years of age, this will satisfy the requirement.
The clinic does not stock a supply of medications for students. No medication or drugs of any type are to be carried by a student, kept in a locker, or elsewhere on school grounds. Any exception to this rule must be approved, documented in writing, and on file in the school clinic. Medication dispensed at school must be in a properly labeled container, with one medication per container, and must not be expired.
According to Texas Education Code 38.013, a student with Diabetes, Asthma, or Anaphylaxis is entitled to possess and self- administer his/her prescription medication while on school property. All required paperwork must be completed and on file in the school clinic. Forms can be obtained from the nurse, found on the Health Services site (under medications tab), or downloaded from the links on this site.
Medication is not stored over the summer, and new forms with the medications must be turned in for each school year. Controlled medications must be picked up by parents, and cannot be sent home with students. 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. Natural and /homeopathic-like products not FDA approved cannot be dispensed in the school clinics by school personnel.
T.I.D (Three Times a day)
Medication prescribed or requested to be given three times or less a day will not be given unless a specific time during the school hours is prescribed, or the school nurse determines that a special need exists for an individual student.
An acceptable schedule that can be followed at home is outlined below:
-1st dose given with breakfast.
-2nd dose given with a snack after school.
-3rd dose given just before bedtime (a snack may be needed).
24 Hour Communicable Illness Policy
KISD Administrative Regulation FFAD is in place to ensure the health and safety of all students and states that students who exhibit vomiting, diarrhea, or a fever 100 degrees or higher (Fahrenheit) must be excluded from school. Re-admittance is allowable as follows:
· Free of fever (greater than 100) for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication such as Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen. Common trade names of products containing these medications include, but are not limited to, Tylenol, Motrin or Advil. All aspirin-containing products should be avoided.
· Food and liquids have been tolerated for at least 24 hours without vomiting and/or diarrhea, and without the use of medication to relieve these symptoms.
· Students diagnosed with a contagious illness that is being treated with prescription medication must complete a minimum of 24 hours of the prescribed medication dosage prior to returning to school.
· Students who experience the symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the campus nurse screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry are met:
-24 hours have passed since recovery (no fever, no fever reducing medication); and
- Improvement in symptoms: and At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Note: A student who has symptoms that could be COVID-19, but is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19 will need to be assumed to have COVID-19. The student will not be able to return to the campus until the student has completed the same three step criteria listed above and cleared by the campus nurse for re-entry. A student who wants to return to school before completing the conditions listed above for staying at home must either submit a medical professional note clearing the student or an alternative diagnosis OR negative COVID-19 test result at an approved testing location. Documentation must be submitted to the campus nurse for school re-entry clearance.
Always remember that handwashing with soap and water is the best way to stop the spread of infections!
Links to Forms and Information
Forms that are frequently requested from the school clinic can be found on the Health services site (link above or to the right). Feel free to print these off and use them as needed.
Any student that will require more than two weeks of medication at school is required to have a physician or health care provider sign the medication administration for more than 15 days form, in order for the school nurse to administer the medication.
Other healthcare information not provided on this site
Other information can be found on Health services site (link above).