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Health Services

HEALTH / WELLNESS

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 Nurses/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/nurse aide. It is very important to complete and and update the health information form in SchoolMint with updated health history, current phone numbers and emergency phone numbers. 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 diarrhea 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.

Clinic Procedures

Students are not allowed to enter the clinic without a pass 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.

Communicable Diseases

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.

Emergency Medical Treatment

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.. In the case of EMS refusal, parent/guardian is responsible to come pick up the child immediately.  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 “Health History 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 and update in SchoolMint.

Dallas County Health and Human Services and Immunization Department

 
Tarrant County Health and Human Services and Immunization Department
 
School nursing is recognized as a specialized practice that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement of students. School nurses promote health and safety, intervene with actual and potential health problems, provide case management services and actively collaborate with others to keep children healthy and ready to learn. Services provided by school nurses include:

 

First aid and crisis intervention

 

Medication administration

 

Health assessments

 

Immunization enforcement

 

Health counseling

 

Diabetes monitoring

 

Communicable disease monitoring

 

Health related classroom instruction

 

Liaison for parents, physician and community agencies

 

Promotion of healthy lifestyles

 

Resource for students, parents and staff with medical needs

 


GENERAL INFORMATION
A school nurse or clinic assistant is available to provide first aid for minor injuries and the sudden onset of illness. If there is an injury or illness beyond our resources, the parent/guardian will be contacted. If it is life threatening, EMS will be called. Schools are not permitted to dispense any medication unless it is provided by the parent in accordance with state law. The following topicals are commonly used in the school clinic. Parents are asked to notify the school nurse if their child may react to one of the following items:

 

Rubbing alcohol

 

Hydrogen peroxide

 

ST37 antiseptic

 

Vaseline

 

 Aloe vera

 

Baby oil

 

Mouthwash

 

Deodorant

 

Hand/body lotion/cream

 

Calamine lotion

 

Caladryl (or generic)

 

Saline eye wash

 

Contact solution

  

Latex-free band aids

 

Gauze dressing

 

Non-adhering bandages

 

Vinyl gloves/Nitrile gloves

 

Antibacterial soap