Communication between parents, students and the nurse is essential in providing a positive school health experience. Please let me know if your child has a special health requirement so we may discuss specific approaches in meeting those needs.
What about immunizations and related records?
Immunization records will be updated throughout the school year. Something new this year is that families may view their child's shot records on Skyward Family Access. Many of the records that have been submitted over the summer will not be entered into the system yet, but we will have those entered during the first few weeks of school. We will look at ALL of the records before school starts to make sure that all students have the state required shots. You will be notified if something is missing. All students must be compliant with the state requirements. A waiver form from the health department is also acceptable.
What do I do if my child becomes ill at school?
They will need to come to the nurse. I will evaluate your child and call you if necessary. They should not call or text you to leave campus without seeing the nurse for an illness. Please list an emergency contact on Skyward for me to call if you are not available.
My child has a life threatening allergy. What do parents need to do for the school?
At Eanes ISD, we take allergies seriously! Before school starts each year, we need to have the doctors' orders indicating the type of allergy and what to do in case of emergency. You may find the form on this site under forms. Students with a life threatening allergy may carry their own epinephrine injection device with the appropriate permission form filled out or keep it in the nurse office. They may also carry their own antihistamine as ordered. It is the student/parent responsibility to provide their own epinephrine. We also keep stock epinephrine in the nurses office in case of an emergency. Please see me at the first of the school year to discuss any concerns you might have about your students allergy. Each year, teachers and staff are trained on signs and symptoms of an allergic response, prevention methods and proper administration of epinephrine. The students allergy is noted in Skyward for teachers to see. If there is an allergic reaction at school, we will notify the parents immediately. If we must give Epinephrine, please note that we will ALWAYS call 911 and then the parents. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
My child has a fever. When can they return to school?
If your child has a fever (100 degrees or higher) or vomiting in the evening or morning before school, he/she should NOT come to school that day. If they develop a fever 100 degrees or higher during the school day, they will be sent home from school. They should not return until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of a fever reducing medication such as aspirin, Tylenol or Advil. This policy supports the ill child and prevents unnecessary exposure of other students to illnesses. Please report communicable diseases (Example: chicken pox, measles, conjunctivitis, strep throat, Fifth’s Disease, Staph, Pertussis etc.) to the nurses’ office.
What do I do if my child needs to be excused from PE/Athletics?
All physical education excuses must be referred to the nurse's office. Students that need to be excused from PE/athletics must bring a written excuse from a parent or physician to the nurse’s office before first period. Parents can excuse up to 3 days. After that we will need a doctor's note to excuse students for longer periods.
Health Screening is provided throughout the school year. New sixth graders to Eanes ISD are screened for Scoliosis early in the spring semester. Scoliosis screening is assessing the spine for a curvature. Seventh graders are screened for Vision, Hearing and Acanthosis Nigricans (AN) early in the fall. AN is a skin condition that signals high insulin levels in the body which puts a person at risk for Type 2 diabetes and other chronic health problems. Referral forms for all screening will be sent home if further evaluation is recommended. If you have any objections to your child participating in the screening, please notify me by letter or phone.
Immunization records will be updated throughout the school year. On March 5, 2009 the Executive Commissioner on Health & Human Services approved several revisions to the "Immunization Requirements for Children and Students in Texas Public and Private Schools". The changes to the requirements were made in order to update the Texas elementary and secondary school immunization requirements so that they adhere more closely to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) These new requirements are for ALL INCOMING 7th graders:
1. Tetanus, Diphtheria and acellular pertussis-containing vaccine (Tdap): All students entering the seventh grade will be required to have one dose of Tdap. Students in the seventh grade will be required to have a booster dose of Tdap only if it has been five years
since their last dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine.
2. Varicella Vaccine: A second dose is required. A written statement from a parent (or legal guardian or managing conservator), school nurse, or physician attesting to a child's positive history of varicella disease (chickenpox) or of varicella immunity is acceptable in liieu of either dose of varicella vaccine.
3. Meningococcal Vaccine: All students entering 7th grade will be required to have one dose of meningococcal vaccine.
Please call 512-732-9225 if you have any questions.
Robin Reed, RN