Taking care of your children

By Ms. Karen Allen/Health and Wellness Coordinator

Welcome back!

It’s always my pleasure to take care of your children. A healthy mind and a healthy body equal academic excellence. I am here to assist your child in staying healthy. As the school health and wellness coordinator, I do not diagnose. I assess your child’s health and make recommendations based on each individual. My door is always open to you to discuss any concerns that you may have.

It is imperative that you stay up to date on your child’s immunizations as required by the state of Texas. If your child’s immunizations are incomplete, he or she 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.

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

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Food Allergies
If your child is allergic to certain food, a doctor’s note informing the school is required. 

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 my office to recheck the child’s hair. Bed sheets, blankets, pillows and the entire home environment should be treated as well. If you should notice lice in your child’s hair, please inform me 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.

Keep Your Child Home

  • When he or she has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher. Students must be fever free without the use of fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.
  • If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea. The child must be symptom-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. If your child has 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 medical condition that will spread from one person to the next. These include the flu, strep throat, chickenpox and infectious pink eye. A doctor's  note is required for a child to return to school.
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