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Varnett's health and wellness policy

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It’s always our pleasure to take care of your children. A healthy mind and a healthy body breed academic excellence. We are here to assist your child in staying healthy. As health and wellness coordinators, we do not diagnose. We assess your child’s health and make recommendations based upon each individual. Our doors are always open to you to discuss any concerns that you may have.

Immunizations

You must maintain your child’s immunizations required by the state of Texas. If your child’s immunizations are incomplete, your child will not be able to remain in school until immunizations are current. For a complete list of required immunizations, please see your child’s doctor.

2019 - 2020 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grades K - 12

Medications

A request form for administering medication must be signed and completed by the parent and returned to our office before medication can be given to your child. As health and wellness coordinators, we do not administer over-the-counter medication. All medications must be prescribed by a physician and must be brought to school by an adult in its original labeled container. If your child has allergies, please have them documented in writing.

Food Allergies

If your child has allergies to certain foods, a doctor’s note informing the school is required. 

 

Student health in school

Head Lice

Hundreds of days are missed each school year because of head lice infestation. A child found to have eggs (nits) or lice must be excluded from school until treated with an effective pediculicide shampoo. Upon returning to school, parents must bring the child to our office to recheck the child’s hair. The bedsheets, blankets, pillows and the entire home environment should be treated as well. If you should notice head lice in your child’s hair, please inform us as soon as possible. Follow up screening will be conducted in your child’s classroom. Lastly teach your child not to share combs, brushes, hats or scarves with anyone.

Keep Your Children Home:

  • When they have a fever of 100 degrees or higher. Students must be fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours.
  • If the student has is vomiting or has diarrhea, he or she must be symptom-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. If your child has an inflamed/pink eye, 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 contagious medical condition such as the flu, strep throat, chickenpox, infectious pink eye, a doctor's note will be required for a child to return to school.

Here are the contact numbers for each campus:

  • Early Childhood Education: 713-726-7690
  • East: 713-637-6574
  • Northeast: 713-631-4396
  • Southeast Campus: 713-726-765
  • Southwest Campus: 713-723-4699

 

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