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From the Nurse’s Office


Posted Date: 08/27/2018

From the Nurse’s Office

From the Nurse’s Office

Welcome to a new school year! Just a few reminders and healthful hints from your school nurse!

Forms and online registration:  Emergency Care Information forms are to be completed by parents/guardians each year. It is important to be able to reach you in case of a medical emergency, so please ensure all information provided is accurate and complete.

Medications:  Whenever possible, medication should be scheduled during non-school hours. However, in the event your child needs medication during school hours, please be sure to have the “Authorization to Administer Medication” form completed by your child’s physician and returned to the school nurse. All medications (prescription and non-prescription) must be sent in the original container, sealed, and labeled with the child’s name.  Prescribed antibiotics may be given most of the time at home. Please consult with your doctor for the possibility of being prescribed a twice a day antibiotic regime to avoid having to be sending the medication back and forth.

Epi-Pens, Inhalers, and Injectable medications require a separate authorization form or self-administer form.  All medication must be hand-delivered to the nurse’s office by the parent/guardian.  Children should not be transporting medication to school in their backpacks or lunch boxes.

Uniforms:  At times, children may soil or rip their clothing. Thanks to the parents/guardians who have donated outgrown uniforms, we usually have clothes for them to wear home. Please return these items washed as soon as possible so they are available for other students.  If your child has ongoing bathroom issues, please put an extra change of clothes in their backpack for personal use.

Screenings:  In 1983, the 68th Texas Legislature passed the Special Senses and Communication Disorder Act, Chapter 36, Texas Health and Safety Code. The purpose of the Act is to identify children with possible vision and hearing problems. All students in Pre-k, Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade and 7th grade, as well as students who are new to the district will have vision and hearing, HT and WT, Blood pressure, dental, and antes screening performed this year. In addition, all 10 and 12 year old girls will be screened for spinal abnormalities and boys will be screened at age 14. In addition, all district students in grades Pk-9th grade will be screened for head lice early in September. Referrals will be sent out at the end of the day, if necessary.

Students that fall over the 28 percentile in height and weight will receive a BMI letter.  Those students with abnormal screening findings will be provided with a letter to notify their parents to ensure students are seen by their medical provider. Please contact the school nurse if you have any concerns regarding your child and the screening process.                             

Illness/Injury:  If your child is ill or injured during school hours, he/she will be assessed by a nurse.  You will not be contacted each time your child visits the school nurse, however, in the event your child appears to have a serious illness/injury, every effort will be made to notify you.  Please be sure all phone numbers and health care information is kept current throughout the school year.

Children with temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be sent home immediately.  Please keep students home from school until they remain fever-free (below 100 degrees) for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.   Children with other symptoms of a possibly communicable disease will also be sent home from school at the discretion of the school nurse.  If your child has been diagnosed with a possibly contagious illness, such as flu or strep throat, please notify the school nurse.

Lice:  Head lice are a common community problem. They are not dangerous and do not transmit disease.  The school nurse will notify parents of the student with lice or nits and recommend treatment within 24 - 48 hours.  The student will not be sent home, unless the nurse feels it is absolutely necessary and may return to school the next day if they have received home treatment. To comply with Senate Bill 1566 – Section 38.031, Education Code parents will be notified with a written or electronic letter within 5 days of active head lice cases discovered in the elementary classroom.

Food Allergies/Outside Food:  Many students at UISD have food allergies.  Due to this fact, UISD keeps stock Epinephrine Auto injectors for adults and pediatric use outside the nurse’s office. However, it is imperative that parents notify the school nurse and the child’s teacher of any food allergies as soon as possible.  In order to keep all students safe, we ask that parents DO NOT bring in outside food, other than lunches and healthy snacks for their own child’s consumption. A food allergy can turn into a potentially life-threatening situation. Parents are encouraged to consider books, pencils, or other non-food items for birthdays, parties, and end of year celebrations.

Please email me at vluna02@uisd.net or call me at 956-473-7700 if you have any questions or concerns.                               Have a safe and healthy school year!

 

School Nurse: Veronica V. Luna RN, BSN

Address: 3707 Los Presidentes Ave.