The Texas Administrative Code requires that “every child in the state shall be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases caused by infectious agents.” (TAC RULE §97.63) A list of required vaccinations is available from our school nurse. If a student fails to comply, they will NOT be allowed to attend school (TAC RULE §97.66). Washington High School will notify the student in writing if they are out of compliance and will follow-up with a phone call to the parent or guardian. Please do NOT disregard this notice from our school nurse. It is your responsibility to be sure the school has your current address and phone number on file.
The following immunizations are required:
- DPT/DT - 3 doses required with last dose after age 4 and 1 within 10 years.
- Polio (oral) 4 doses required, with last dose after age 4
- MMR (rubella, rubeola, mumps) 2 doses required, 1st dose after age 1
- Hepatitis B - 3 doses required.
- Varicella (Chickenpox) 1 dose on or after 1st birthday, 2nd dose required if 1st dose was after age 13 yrs, or history of illness.
TEMPORARY OR ONGOING MEDICAL CONDITIONS
If your child has a temporary or ongoing medical condition that could (a) require medical attention at school, and/or (b) impact their ability to thrive in the school environment, we need to know. Please be sure both the school nurses and your child’s dean are made aware of the situation so we can respond appropriately to your child’s needs. In addition, HISD has resources available that may be of assistance to you. Personal medical information will be kept confidential.
ADMINISTERING MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL
School Board Policy (in accordance with TEC §22.052) prevents nurses and teachers from administering medications of any kind at school without proper consent. A student may NOT carry medication with him/her except for students with asthma. Medications are required to be kept locked in the Clinic. A written medication permission form with the original signatures of both a parent and the prescribing physician must accompany all medication including self-administration prescriptions for asthma. Each medication must be in its original container with an affixed prescription label listing the patient for whom the drug was prescribed, the drug name, and the proper dosage and administration route information. These guidelines apply to ALL medications - both prescription and over-the-counter. Medication and Treatment Forms are available in the Nurse’s Clinic.