The clinic is open from 8am-3pm during school days.
Contact Nurse Rodriguez: BRODRI13@Houstonisd.org
ILLNESS OR INJURY AT SCHOOL
If your child becomes ill or injured at school, it is imperative that someone be able to arrive within 30min-45 min to pick them up. Please put AIMS phone number in your contact list. Respond promptly when you are contacted by the Nurse. . Please keep your contact information current and notify our staff of any changes to phone numbers.
When your child needs to go home because they are ill, they want to be in the comfort of their own home and with a loved one caring for them. Further, the campus clinic is very small and has only 2 beds. Leaving your child on campus exposes them to other germs and parasites that are coming into the clinic. Your ill child will also expose other students to their illness. Clinic bed space is limited and is needed for other students.
Nurse Rodriguez may recommend your ill or injured child be seen by their healthcare provider and will provide a referral form for completion. Please have your child’s healthcare provider complete the form and return the form to the clinic.If your child is sent home due to a fever, they may return to school when they have been fever free for 24 hours without fever suppressing medication (Tylenol, Ibuprofen etc). A fever is 100 F. The same policy applies to your child that may have a fever the night before a school day. The child must be fever free for 24 hours without fever suppressing medication.
All students must be vomit free for 24 hours before a school day. If you child vomits the night before a school day, keep them home. Your child will be sent home for vomiting. They may return to school after 24 hours if there have not been any more episodes of vomiting.
If a child is injured while on campus and is assessed in the nurse’s office for that injury, you may be contacted to pick up your child to take them for further medical evaluation. If a parent or emergency contact can not be reached, a determination of whether an ambulance is needed for taking your child to the hospital will be made. The parent will be responsible for costs associated with ambulance transportation.
ILLNESS AT HOME
Parents are advised to keep actively ill children at home to protect other students and staff from exposure. Students should remain at home until their illness has resolved. If your child has a fever the day or evening before school, they must be fever free for 24 hours without fever suppressing medication before they can attend classes.
If your child has been ill over the weekend or wakes up not feeling well, please do not send them to school as they will not be successful in the classroom. HISD considers 100 F a fever. A student with a 100 temperature or higher will be sent home.
Parents are requested to report all confirmed or suspected contagious diseases to the school nurse.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has the authority to set immunization requirements. The requirements can be found on their website. (https://www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/school/default.shtm).
School immunizations help keep our students and staff protected from illness. Please immunize your child before school starts.
If your child has a foreign immunization record, a certified translation of the record will be required to be submitted to Nurse Rodriguez. This must be done before the first day of school. Please contact Nurse Rodriguez if you have questions.
Asthma, Food allergies, Diabetes, Seizure disorder, etc can be cared for while a student is on AIMS campus. Please clearly indicate your child’s medical condition on the HEALTH INVENTORY FORM. FOOD ALLERGIES are to be identified on the Health Inventory form as well as the REQUEST FOR FOOD ALLERGY INFORMATION form in the enrollment packet. Nurse Rodriguez will schedule a meeting with you to to follow up on medication, Doctor’s orders and Health Care Plans if indicated.
MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
DO NOT send medication of any kind with your child. Students are NOT to carry medication. This includes over the counter medication. Only a parent can deliver medication to and from school.
If your child needs medication during the school day, a physician’s order must be provided. The medication, including over the counter medication, must have a pharmacy label with instructions that match the physician’s order. Parents will also need to give Nurse Rodriguez written permission to administer the medication. The written permission can be accomplished via the Request to Administer Medication during School hours form. http://www.houstonisd.org/cms/lib2/TX01001591/Centricity/Domain/8811/PoliciesGoverningAdministeringedicationDuringSchoolHours-are.pdf
The 85th Texas Legislature (2017) passed a law requiring parental notification of lice in a student’s classroom. If the nurse becomes aware that a child enrolled in the school has lice , the school shall provide written or electronic notice of that fact to:
(1) the parent of the child with lice as soon as practicable but not later than 48 hours after the administrator or nurse, as applicable, determines or becomes aware of that fact; and
(2) the parent of each child assigned to the same classroom as the child with lice not later than the fifth school day after the date on which the administrator or nurse, as applicable, determines or becomes aware of that fact.
Lice infestation (pediculosis) is caused by lice living directly on the body. A student who has been found to have head lice shall be excluded from school until he or she has undergone the appropriate treatment.
VISION AND HEARING SCREENINGS
Texas law (https://www.dshs.texas.gov/vhs/require.shtm) requires students to have vision and hearing screenings. This is typically done in the fall semester. If your child fails the initial screening, a more extensive screening will be done 2 weeks after the initial screening. If your child fails the second screening, you will be notified and a follow up exam will be required. Parents and teachers may request screenings at any time by contacting Nurse Rodriguez. If your child wears glasses and does not have the glasses for the vision screening, they will not be screened. A doctor’s referral will be provided.
Pre-kindergarten students and Kindergarten students age 5 will be screened once with a Photo Screener. Any recommended follow up exams will be communicated with the parents.
Screening for Type 2 Diabetes is done via the Acanthosis Nigricans screening. It is done at the same time the hearing screening is done by checking for a marker on the student’s neck. (http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/HS/htm/HS.95.htm#95.002). Acanthosis is a condition in which the skin thickens and darkens in areas where there are folds and creases. It is a marker for insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes. Nurse Rodriguez will contact you if there is concern and a need for follow up by your child’s pediatrician.
In compliance with Health and Safety Code, Chapter 37, all children shall undergo screening for abnormal spinal curvature in accordance with the following schedule:
- Girls will be screened two times, once at age 10 (5th grade as designated by the Health Dept.) and again at age 12.
- Boys will be screened one time at age 13.
CHANGE OF CLOTHES
Students soil their clothes during the school day whether that is from vomiting, defecating, urinating, spilling milk, or falling into a mud puddle. Please send a change of clothes to your child’s HOMEROOM TEACHER. A change of clothes should include underwear, socks and shoes, shirt and pants. In the event your child does not have a change of clothes, Nurse Rodriguez has a limited supply of clothes. Your child may keep the underwear provided by the Nurse. Please wash and return any other clothes that were provided to your child in their time of need. A change of clothes will be provided for incidents related to bodily fluids ONLY. Work with your child to ensure they are independent in toileting and changing clothes. If zippers, snaps, and buttons are a challenge, please dress your child in elasticized waist pants. If your child can not tie their shoes, dress your child in Velcro straps or faux lace ups. Your child may need to change their own clothes in the campus bathroom so please help them be skilled to do this. You may be contacted to assist your child with changing their clothes and hygiene if needed.