Each school campus has a health clinic with trained personnel to care for students. The Health Service staff consists of a Registered Nurse available for the entire district and Nurse Aides assigned to each specific campus. All health service staff is trained in CPR and first aid. Any information regarding a student’s health condition or any health concerns should be communicated to the campus nurse aide. A “Student Health Information Form” will be sent home with your child at the beginning of the school year. It is very important to complete and return this form. This form will give you the opportunity to list any medical conditions, allergies, medications or concerns you may have. It also includes emergency information for the clinic staff. This form also contains information for contacting the parent or designee.
When your child is ill, please contact the school to let us know he or she won’t be attending that day. It is important to remember that schools must exclude students with certain illnesses from school for periods of time as identified in state rules. For example, if your child has a fever over 100 degrees, he or she must stay out of school until fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications. In addition, students with diarrheal illnesses must stay home until they are diarrhea free without diarrhea-suppressing medications for at least 24 hours. A full list of conditions for which the school must exclude children can be obtained from the nurse.
If a student becomes ill during the school day, he or she must receive permission from the teacher before reporting to the school nurse. If the nurse determines that the child should go home, the nurse will contact the parent. The District is also required to report certain contagious diseases or illnesses to the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) or the local health authority. The school nurse can provide information from TDSHS on these notifiable conditions. Contact the school nurse if you have questions or are concerned about whether or not your child should stay at home.
Students are not allowed to enter the clinic without a pass or communication from the teacher. If a student is injured during school hours, he or she should report to the clinic. The nurse will contact the parents to notify them of the injury. If, in the judgment of the nurse or other appropriate school staff, emergency transportation is required, a call will be made to 911. Any costs associated with this emergency treatment are borne by the student’s parent or guardian.
To protect other students from contagious illnesses, students infected with certain diseases are not allowed to come to school while contagious. If a parent suspects that his or her child has a contagious disease, the parent should contact the school nurse or campus principal so that other students who might have been exposed to the disease can be alerted. The school nurse can provide information from the Texas Department of Health regarding these diseases.
If a student has a medical emergency at school or a school-related activity and the parent cannot be reached, school staff will seek emergency medical treatment unless the parent has previously provided a written statement denying this authorization. If a student has a medical emergency at school or a school-related activity when the parent cannot be reached, the school may access previously provided information about allergies to medications, foods, insect bites, etc. Therefore, parents are asked each year to complete an “Emergency Care Consent Form,” which includes information about their student’s allergies to medications, etc. Parents should keep emergency care information current (e.g., name of doctor, emergency phone numbers, allergies, etc.). An updated Student Health Form will be required at the beginning of each school year. Please contact the school nurse to change or update any health information that the nurse or teacher needs to know about your child.
Dallas County Health and Human Services and Immunization Department