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Student Illness

about 1 year ago

When your child is ill, please contact the attendance office to let us know he or she won’t be attending that day. It is important to remember that schools must exclude students with certain illnesses from school for periods of time as identified in state rules. For example, if your child has a fever of 100 degrees, he or she must stay out of school until fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications. A full list of conditions for which the school must exclude children can be obtained from the school nurse or under the 24 Hour School Exclusion Link on our website.

If a student becomes ill during the school day, he or she must receive permission from the teacher before reporting to the school nurse. If the nurse determines that the child should go home, a parent/guardian will be notified.

The district is also required to report certain contagious (communicable) diseases or illnesses to the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) or our local/regional health authority. The school nurse can provide information from TDSHS on these notifiable conditions.

Contact the school nurse if you have questions or if you are concerned about whether or not your child should stay home.

Medication Administration

about 1 year ago

Student medication may be administered in the school clinic, under the following guidelines:

·       The parent must bring ANY medication (prescription or non-prescription) to the school nurse and complete a form indicating permission to administer the medication.

·       Students are not allowed to carry ANY type of medication, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medication, items such as Tylenol, etc. As a general guideline, if the item says, "Keep Out of the Reach of Children" do not send it to school with your child, see the school nurse instead.

·       Over-the-counter medication must be in the original container. Prescription medication must be in a current container, properly labeled with the student’s name on it and indicating the required dosage and intervals.

24 Hour School Exclusion Rule

about 1 year ago

Students who demonstrate signs and symptoms of illness or a possible communicable disease should be referred to the school nurse's office for further assessment. The following conditions will require a student to stay home for at least 24 hours:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or above. The student must be fever free without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours before he/she can be allowed back in school.
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea   Those excluded due to vomiting or diarrhea must also be free of symptoms without the use of preventative medications before being allowed back in school.
  • Students with an illness that is defined by the Texas Department of Health as easily transmitted to others. Examples are:
    • Chickenpox
    • Conjunctivitis (pinkeye)
    • Impetigo
    • Ringworm of the Scalp
    • Scabies
    • Strep Throat
  • For a complete list of Diseases Requiring Exclusion from School see Texas Administrative Code 97.7. 

Food Allergy

about 1 year ago

 IISD requests to be notified each school year when a student has been diagnosed with a food allergy, especially those allergies that could result in dangerous or life-threatening reactions either by inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact with the particular food. It is important to disclose the food to which the student is allergic, as well as the nature of the allergic reaction. 

Please contact Nurse Handley if your child has a known food allergy or as soon as possible after any diagnosis of a food allergy. Ingleside ISD has a Food Allergy Management Plan in place to assist students who are identified with a serious food allergy. You may access this plan by calling Nurse Handley at 361-776-1683 ext. 2252.

Asthma & Anaphylaxis

about 1 year ago

Please contact Nurse Handley at 361-776-1683, ext. 2252 if your child is diagnosed with asthma or requires medication for possible anaphylaxis so an appropriate Individual Health Plan can be developed.

State law does allow for students to carry prescription asthma or anaphylaxis medicine, under certain conditions.


According to SECTION I. Chapter 38, Sec. 38.013 of the Education Code, a student with asthma and/or anaphylaxis is entitled to possess and self-administer prescription asthma or anaphylaxis medicine while on school property or at a school-related event or activity, provided that certain criteria are met. A form titled Parent/Physician Authorization for Self-Administration of Asthma Medication or Anaphylaxis Medicine by A Student, must be completed and kept on file with the campus nurse before a student can possess and self-administer his/her asthma or anaphylaxis medication. All required documentation will be kept on file in the school clinic and must be renewed annually.

 Teachers will be notified of those students in their class who have asthma or anaphylaxis medication in their possession.

Students who do not self-administer their medication in compliance with the prescription or written instructions from their physician, or fail to report to the campus nurse when relief is not obtained after using their medication as directed, will not be able to continue to possess his/her asthma or anaphylaxis medication and self-administer it for the remainder of the school year. Students may also be subject to other disciplinary action as written in the Student Code of Conduct.

Influenza (Flu)

about 1 year ago

Please notify Nurse Handley at 361-776-1683, ext. 2252 if your student has been diagnosed by a physician with the flu. Please provide the type of flu, if known.

Tips for Preventing the Spread of Flu

  • The best protection for yourself and others is to get a flu vaccine. See your healthcare provider or one of the local pharmacies that provide the flu vaccine.
  • Avoid close contact with others who are sick or are beginning to display symptoms

  • Stay home if you feel sick and see a doctor as soon as possible

  • Fever of 100.0 must remain home and stay home for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication

  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissues when coughing or sneezing

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with antibacterial soap to kill and avoid spreading germs

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth as germs and bacteria can enter this way and cause illness.
For more information, check out Texas Flu Home from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Screening Guidelines

about 1 year ago

As required by state law, mandatory vision, hearing, and Acanthosis Nigricans screenings will be conducted on all 3rd grade students, as well as all students who are new during the school year. Parents and teachers may request screening anytime during the school year. Other grades may be screened as time allows. If findings are discovered during a screening, Nurse Handley will contact parent/guardian. 

Acanthosis Nigricans Screening Information

The Texas Risk Assessment for Type 2 Diabetes in Children is a legislatively mandated program developed, coordinated, and administrated by The University of Texas Pan-American Border Health Office (BHO). The program assesses children who may be at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes in Texas Education Agency Regional Education Service Centers 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 19, and 20. During vision/hearing and scoliosis screenings of 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders in public and private schools, certified individuals assess children for the acanthosis nigricans marker, a skin condition that signals high insulin levels. Children who are positively identified with the marker undergo additional assessments of body mass index (BMI), BMI percentile, and blood pressure. Referrals are issued to the parents of these children, alerting each parent of their child's risk factors and encouraging further evaluation from a health professional. Becoming aware of and understanding what the risk factors suggest can help stimulate the changes necessary to prevent or delay future health problems for children at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and other conditions.

Bacterial Meningitis

about 1 year ago

Please notify Nurse Handley at 361-776-1683, ext. 2252 if your student has been diagnosed by a physician with meningitis. Please provide the type of meningitis, if known.

State law specifically requires the District to provide the following information:

What is meningitis?
Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria. Viral meningitis is most common and the least serious. Bacterial meningitis is the most common form of serious bacterial infection with the potential for serious, long-term complications. It is an uncommon disease, but requires urgent treatment with antibiotics to prevent permanent damage or death.

What are the symptoms?
Someone with meningitis will become very ill. The illness may develop over one or two days, but it can also rapidly progress in a matter of hours. Not everyone with meningitis will have the same symptoms. Children (over 1 year old) and adults with meningitis may have a severe headache, high temperature, vomiting, sensitivity to bright lights, neck stiffness or joint pains, and drowsiness or confusion. In both children and adults, there may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots. These can occur anywhere on the body. The diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is based on a combination of symptoms and laboratory results.

How serious is bacterial meningitis?
If it is diagnosed early and treated promptly, the majority of people make a complete recovery. In some cases it can be fatal or a person may be left with a permanent disability.

How is bacterial meningitis spread?
Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as diseases like the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been. The germs live naturally in the back of our noses and throats, but they do not live for long outside the body. They are spread when people exchange saliva (such as by kissing; sharing drinking containers, utensils, or cigarettes). The germ does not cause meningitis in most people. Instead, most people become carriers of the germ for days, weeks, or even months. The bacteria rarely overcome the body’s immune system and cause meningitis or another serious illness.

How can bacterial meningitis be prevented?
Do not share food, drinks, utensils, toothbrushes, or cigarettes. Limit the number of persons you kiss. While there are vaccines for some other strains of bacterial meningitis, they are used only in special circumstances. These include when there is a disease outbreak in a community or for people traveling to a country where there is a high risk of getting the disease. Also, a vaccine is recommended by some groups for college students, particularly freshmen living in dorms or residence halls. The vaccine is safe and effective (85–90 percent). It can cause mild side effects, such as redness and pain at the injection site lasting up to two days. Immunity develops within seven to ten days after the vaccine is given and lasts for up to five years.*

What should you do if you think you or a friend might have bacterial meningitis?
You should seek prompt medical attention.

Where can you get more information?
Your school nurse, family doctor, and the staff at your local or regional health department office are excellent sources for information on all communicable diseases. You may also call your local health department or Regional Texas Department of Health office to ask about meningococcal vaccine. Additional information may also be found at the website for the Department of State Health Services.