Health Services FAQs
Health Services FAQs
What do I do if my child needs to take medication at school?
- Obtain an order for medication administration from your child's physician for prescription and over the counter medications.
- Parent/guardian signature is required on the form.
- Medication needs to be in the original pharmacy container with pharmacy label. Over the counter medication should be in the original container.
- If dose or orders change during the current school term, please notify the nurse via phone, written note, or email the changes.
What if my child has a rescue medication such as an EPI Pen or Albuterol inhaler?
- Obtain a physician order to be kept on file in the nurse's office requesting student be allowed to carry the medication with him/her.
- This will only apply to the EPI Pen or asthma inhalers; according to school policy students are not allowed to carry other medication with them during the school day.
My child called from their cell phone stating the nurse was sending him/her home. Why didn't the nurse call me?
- If your child calls from their cell phone they most likely have not been seen by a nurse.
- If the nurse chooses to send your child home you will be called from the phone in the nurse's office.
If my child is sent home by the nurse, does this absence count against his/her attendance?
- The absence is excused but will count against the ADA and academic exemption rules.
Why did I receive a letter stating that my child needs shots? I think he/she is up to date on all his/her vaccinations.
- If you received a letter we do not have written proof that your child has all the needed vaccinations on file. Please provide the nurse with an updated shot record.
- Please review your child's shot record. If he/she does not have the needed vaccinations requested in the letter please make sure to obtain these as soon as possible and turn in proof of the vaccine to the nurse's office.
- Vaccine requirements are updated annually by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
My child has a medical condition that teachers need to be aware of. How do I get the information to his/her teachers?
- Notify the nurse by phone, visit, or email the details of your child's illness.
- The nurse, with your permission, will notify the teachers with the information they need to know to keep your child safe in the classroom.
What do I do if my child requires a special procedures to be performed during the school day due to a medical condition?
- Obtain a physician order for the specific procedures to be performed, including if your child can perform the procedure or if they need help from the nurse.
- Parent/guardian signature is required.
- Turn in the form to the nurse's office.
What do I do if my child develops a chronic or sudden illness or has surgery during the school year?
- Notify the nurse's office with the information necessary to maintain the best level of care for your child during the day and/or school term.
Does my child need a pass or student ID to go to the nurse's office?
- For the safety and protection of your child, a pass and school ID are recommended for identification purposes which are important as the nurse often deals with medication administration and special procedures. It is especially important if there is a substitute nurse working in place of the regular nurse.