A Parent’s Top Ten Need to Know
1. All medicine MUST be brought to the clinic by an adult with the appropriate medication form. Some chronic conditions require a completed packet that includes a medical plan. The forms can be found on the Nurse’s web page in the Helpful Documents tab or can be filled out at the clinic when dropping off medication. PLEASE do not place medicine in a child’s backpack as this can be a life threatening mistake. The district medication guidelines are very specific and can be located on the district website in the student/parent handbook.
2. Immunization documentation is not negotiable. Humble ISD must be in compliance with Texas Law. Please respond promptly when notified of immunization discrepancies so that children do not miss any educational time. We realize that this can be a time consuming errand; however, we must show documentation to the state, when requested, regarding our students’ health records for everyone’s safety.
3. A child must go home for specific reasons stated in the handbook under several sections (ie. Health Related Matters, Illness, etc.). A doctor’s note stating "may return to school" is required upon returning to school, if they are suspected of having a communicable disease or skin rash of unknown origin. See Health Related Matters>Communicable Disease in Handbook.
4. Please pick up your child PROMPTLY from the clinic when notified by the nurse to decrease likelihood of spreading illnesses. Children waiting for extended periods in the clinic are more likely to be exposed to communicable diseases.
5. Please Read! Children will be triaged and sent back to class after first aid care and minor complaints for optimal learning. Parents will be called when necessary; and as a courtesy. We care about our students and want what is best for their safety and the safety of others. Health issues can change quickly. If you have a concern that your child should have been sent to the nurse, please communicate with the teachers and/or nurse to facilitate a relationship of trust. A child can spike a fever suddenly or a hurt body part that was minor at the time of assessment can become more of a concern as time passes. Please keep this in mind as we work together to create a community of healthy and happy children. Also, it is very important for us to teach the children independence and self-responsibility. The children are encouraged to problem solve and take ownership of their personal needs as much as possible. Putting a bandaid on a child is helpful; but, teaching a child to advocate and care for their bodies on their own will help them now and in the future.
6. Please help us be proactive in our efforts to prevent lice breakouts. We work tirelessly to inform our children of healthy habits here at school. During the school year and throughout the summer, check your child’s hair WEEKLY (especially if your child is scratching their head).
7. Please update the nurse of any change in medication, diagnosis, or illness that your child may have during the school year. Correspond by email, phone, fax, or stop by the clinic.
8. Please have your child eat BREAKFAST before school each day and send a healthy snack each day! Food fuels the body for learning! Stomach aches and headaches in the morning are often caused by a rushed morning with no breakfast.
9. The Nurse website can be a great resource! Please email suggestions on website material of interest. I would love to research your topic and disseminate health information to you and the entire school community!
10. Our goal is to expedite healthcare to promote maximum instructional time…thus learning!