HEALTH SERVICES (2015-2016)
As part of VALLEY VIEW HIGH SCHOOL, the nurse’s office, often referred to as the "clinic", is here to assist your child when he/she is ill or injured. Other important aspects of our clinic are administering medication and verifying that all students in the district are current on their immunizations. In addition, we screen certain grades for vision and hearing. Listed below is some helpful information on topics such as nurse/clinic visits, Physical Education excuses, emergencies, going home and contagious conditions. We are looking forward to a great year.
NURSE / CLINIC VISITS: A student must obtain a PASS from his teacher to visit the nurse during the day. He/She must always check in with his teacher, before going to the nurse, even between classes.
IMMUNIZATIONS: The State of Texas mandates that all students be current on their immunizations. Verifying that student immunizations are current is one way we protect the health of your child.
ALL IMMUNIZATIONS SHOULD BE CURRENT BEFORE STARTING SCHOOL. Any time your child gets an immunization, bring the shot record to school so we can update your child’s health record. If an immunization is due during the school year, we will send you a notice. For the safety of all students, your child may not return to school if he is delinquent on his/her immunizations.
CONTAGIOUS CONDITIONS: To protect other children from getting sick, we will send your child home for the following reasons:
Fever of 100.4 F or greater
Has vomited twice
Has had two episodes of diarrhea
Has a suspected contagious disease/illness
Feel to ill to remain in school
Has been found to have Head lice (pediculosis)
Your child may also be sent home due to: Delinquent immunizations
Taking medication that, in the nurse’s opinion, would not make it safe for the student to remain in school.
P.E. EXCUSES: A Physical Education excuse from a parent or nurse is to be approved by administration. If more days are needed, a doctor excuse needs to be brought to the nurse or coach.
EMERGENCIES: In case of serious illness or accident, we will try to contact you (or the person you designate) by phone so you can pick up your child. If the emergency is life threatening, an ambulance will be called (the District does not pay for this). It is very important that we have a "Student Emergency Record" with current phone numbers in the campus nurse’s office so we can reach you in an emergency! Please include cell phone numbers.
GOING HOME: The student who wishes to go home due to a medical reason must be evaluated by the nurse, and the nurse will call parent from the nurse’s office/clinic. Students are not to call from the teacher’s classroom or any other phone. Every effort will be made to contact the parent when a student wishes to go home due to a medical reason. However, if we are not able to contact the parent and the problem is not one of a serious nature, the student can return to the classroom. If the student’s medical problem is more serious, such as fever of 100, the nurse may call the other two people listed on the student’s emergency card. If the student is driving home, the parent must be contacted. If the student is not healthy enough to drive, the parent will be encouraged to make other arrangements to pick up the student.
SCREENINGS: During the school year, certain students will be checked for health problems with height, weight, vision, hearing and diabetes. A referral notice will be sent home if any problems are found. Take this notice to your health care provider, and then bring it back to us so we can continue to help with your child’s health.
REGULATIONS FOR GIVING MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL
Medications that your child needs during the school year can usually be given at home. Most medications are prescribed one, two, or three times a day. These can be given before school, after school, and/or at bedtime. Sometimes medication must be given during the school day and we will gladly administer the medication.
Here are a few medication guidelines to follow:
1. Students may not have ANY medications with them during school hours unless they have written permission from our health staff. All medications will be kept in the Nurse’s Office / Clinic and given out only by our health staff or other designated personnel. Students who are allowed to carry inhalers are advised not to let other students use them.
2. To give medications at school, we must have a written note signed and dated by the student’s parent or legal guardian. You may send a handwritten note from home or use the form available at the Nurse’s Office/Clinic.
3. Prescription medications must be in the original container with the pharmacy label. We are not allowed to give medications with one student’s name to any other student, even a brother or sister.
4. Nonprescription (over-the-counter) medications must be brought to school in the original containers (or blister packs) labeled with student’s name.
5. The following will not be given at school: No sample medications, (unless you health care provider sends written instructions) No herbal products or dietary supplements No medications from another country (including Mexico)
6. We encourage you to contact the nurse if your child is taking medication with side effects that would affect him in the classroom.
*Please keep your school nurse updated on your child's health status, such as surgeries, medications, illnesses/diseases, new diagnoses, immunizations, and/or other conditions that may affect your child's school performance.
*Please make sure the emergency information form is completed and signed.
*Certain health conditions may require an IHP (Individual Health Plan) for the safety and well-being of your child.
From The School Nurse Desk:
Neyra De La Cerda, RN