HEALTH SERVICES (2020-2021)
As part of VALLEY VIEW SOUTH ELEMENTARY 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 VVSE are current on their immunizations. In addition, we screen certain grades for vision and hearing problems. We also do height and weights on all students in certain grade levels. 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.
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/she 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
Suspected contagious condition
P.E. EXCUSES: If your child cannot participate in physical education, a doctor's excuse is required stating the reason and time the student is to be excused.
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 your child up. 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 Release Form" 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 needs to go home due to a medical reason must call from the nurse’s office/clinic (not from the teacher’s classroom or any other phone). Every effort will be made to contact the parent when a student needs to go home due to a medical reason. If the student’s medical problem is more serious, such as fever of 100.4 or more, the nurse may call the other people listed on the student’s release form.
SCREENINGS: During the school year, certain students will be screened for height, weight, vision, hearing, and acanthosis. 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. All medications will be kept in the Nurse’s Office / Clinic and given out 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 Parent Release Non-Prescription medication form or a Authorization for Prescription medication form completed and signed by the parent.
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) .
5. The following will not be given at school:
Sample medications, (unless you health care provider sends written instructions). Herbal products or dietary supplements. Medications from another country (including Mexico)
Maria Estela DeLeon, RN
Chris Balderas, RMA