A Parent’s Top Ten to Know
1. For the safety of all students, All medicine MUST be brought to and from 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 on the side or can be filled out at the clinic when dropping off medication. PLEASE DO NOT place medicine in a child’s backpack, as this could 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. Also, if you receive any vaccines throughout the school year (or summer), please send in a new signed or stamped copy of the immunization documentation to update in the students health folder and the computer system. ***Any immunization record from My Chart will be accepted with a stamp or doctor's signature from the pediatrician/office. ***
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. If your child is sent home by the school nurse due to fever, vomiting or diarrhea, s/he may not return to school for at least 24 hours even if s/he is feeling better.
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. The student's health inventory in HAC will also be updated by the nurse at that time.
8. Please have your child eat BREAKFAST before school each day and send a water bottle and 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. Please send a change of clothes in your child's backpack each day. Muddy playgrounds, cafeteria spills and restroom accidents, etc are to be expected among all children.
10. The Nurse website can be a great resource! The goal is to expedite healthcare to promote maximum instructional time…thus learning!