Notes from the Nurse
It is always a pleasure to take care of your child(ren) each year at John H. Shary Elementary.
A healthy mind + healthy body = academic excellence. I am here to assist you and your child in staying healthy. As a Sharyland ISD nurse, I do not diagnose. I assess your child’s health and make recommendations based upon each individual. My door is always open to you to discuss any concerns that you may have.
It is a challenge to obtain and maintain our students’ immunization level to the standards required by the state of Texas. If your child’s immunizations are incomplete, you will be sent a letter by the school nurse to inform you. In order for your child to remain in school, the immunizations required must be obtained within the time designated and proof of immunization must be provided to the nurse before being re-admitted to class. For a complete list of required immunizations, please see below.
Please read carefully:
1. Medications must be brought from home; the district does not provide medication for students.
2. Parents shall be advised to give medications at times other than school hours when possible, this ensures the proper level of medication is maintained.
3. A school nurse or designated school employee may administer medication to the student, if the district has received a written request to administer the medication with the parents/guardian signature and date. The medication is required to be in the original container and properly labeled.
4. School nurses have the responsibility and authority under the Texas Nurse Practice Act, to refuse to administer medications that in the nurse’s opinion are not in the best interest of the student due to safety.
5. Medications are not to be shared with other students and must be brought to the nurse’s office immediately upon arrival to school.
6. The district, the board, and its employees shall be immune for civil liability for damage, or injuries resulting from the administration of medication to a student in accordance with existing policy.
7. Medications should be kept in the nurse’s office, unless the doctor, parents, and nurse agree that the student can carry medication to self-administer.
8. The nurse cannot administer herbal medications or medications from Mexico.
Favor lean cuidadosamente:
Medicinas deben de ser traidas de su casa. El distrito escolar no tiene medicinas para dar a los estudiantes.
Se les recomendará a los padres que den la medicina a su hijo/a durante horas que no interfieran con horas de la
escuela, si es posible. Esto nos garantiza un nivel apropiado de medicamento.
Un permiso escrito firmado y con fecha, de los padres es requerido para que la enfermera de la escuela le pueda dar a su nino(a) las medicinas. La medicina debe ser mandada en el envase original.
La enfermera de las escuela tiene las responsibilidad y autoridad según las leyes del estado, de negarse dar medicinas que en su opinión no son para el bien del estudiante.
Las medicinas no pueden ser compartidas con otros niños, las medicinas deben ser llevadas a la enfermeria inmediatamente despúes de llegar a la escuela..
El distrito escolar, la mesa directiva y empleados del distrito no son responsables si le ocurre algo al estudiante cuando la medicina se le da según esta poliza.
Todas las medicinas serán guardadas en la enfermeriá de la escuela, a menos que el doctor, los padres y la enfermera estén de acuerdo que el estudiante puede llevar la medicina consigo para que el(ella) se administre la medicina a si mismo.
La enfermera no puede administrar medicinas de México.
Hundreds of days are missed each school year because of head lice infestation. A child found to have lice must be excluded from school until treated with an effective pediculicide shampoo. Upon returning to school, parents must bring the child to the school nurse to recheck the student’s hair. The bed sheets, blankets, pillows, and the entire home environment should be treated as well. If you, the parent, find head lice in your child’s hair, please inform the school nurse as soon as possible. Follow up screening will be done in your child’s classroom. Lastly, teach your child not to share combs, brushes, hats or scarves with anyone.
Please send a complete set of extra clothes in a labeled Ziploc bag in the event that your child has an accident. Our students get excited about learning and sometimes fail to go to the restroom on time. When the clothes are used, please replace them with another set. As the temperature changes, replace with weather-appropriate clothes.
To protect your children from getting their feet injured and to prevent them from slipping and falling only supportive enclosed-toe and enclosed-heel shoes are allowed.
Keep Your Child Home:
- When they have a fever of 100 degrees or >. Students must be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours.
- If the student has vomiting or diarrhea, the child must be symptom free for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
- When your child has a skin rash that has not been diagnosed by a doctor as being non –contagious the nurse needs a medical release for the student to return to school.
- If your child has untreated inflamed/pink eyes,a doctor’s note is required to return to school. If inflammation is due to “allergies,” the doctor must document it.
- If your child has a medical condition that will spread from one person to the next (contagious), for example, the flu, strep throat, chickenpox, infectious pink eye, etc.
When your child is seen by the doctor, please make sure that you bring a doctor’s note for your child to return to school.
Sometimes unavoidable circumstances occur when your phone services may be temporarily interrupted. Please notify the office staff and your child’s teacher of any changes in your contact information. Also provide numbers of persons who have the transportation means to pick up your child in the event that you are not able to.
Important Student Health Note
At the beginning of each school year, it is a challenge to obtain and maintain our students' immunization level to the standards required by the state of Texas. By the time your child begins school, he/she should have the following required immunizations:
- Hepatitis B - 3 doses
- DTAP - 4 doses required (1 additional recommended) before age 5
- HIB - 4 doses before age 5
- Polio - 4 doses
- MMR - 2 doses
- Varicella (chickenpox) - 2 doses or a history of having the illness
- Hepatitis A - 2 doses
- Prevnar - 4 doses required (1 additional recommended) before age 5
If your child's immunizations are incomplete, you will be sent a letter by the nurse to inform you. In order for your child to remain in school, the immunizations required must be obtained within the time designated and proof of immunizations must be provided to the nurse before being readmitted to class.
It is also important to keep our students healthy and well. Please help your child(ren) to learn to cover their coughs and sneezes and wash their hands after doing so. It is also recommended that they wash their hands after using the restroom, before eating, and when hands are soiled. To minimize episodes of illness, dress your children appropriate for the weather. If your child has symptoms such as fever, nausea and vomiting, sore inflamed throat, or any health condition that alters their ability to function and focus in the classroom, please have them evaluated immediately by a physician.
Do not send them to school sick. If you must give medicine for fever before sending them, they need to remain at home.
I look forward to taking care of your child(ren) each year and the clinic's door is always open to you to discuss any concerns that you may have.
A healthy mind + healthy body = academic excellence!