Thanks for visiting the Nurse's corner where you'll find helpful information regarding vaccinations, clinic visits, and other Nursing services!Please scroll to the bottom of the page for contact information or use the links to the left to find useful links or documents such as Medication Administration forms.
Medication Administration on Campus:
- IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: ALL medications must have an Houston ISD medication form on file before the medication can be on campus. To be valid, this form MUST:
- ONLY list ONE medication per form.
- If your doctor wants your child to have options (e.g. Naproxen & Tylenol) two forms MUST be filled out.
- Be the approved HISD Medication/Asthma Action Plan/Allergy Action Plan form.
forms/doctor/parent notes cannot be accepted.
- Be signed by BOTH a Parent/Legal Guardian AND the Doctor.
- Other forms signed by doctors/parents, or non-HISD forms cannot be accepted per HISD guidelines.
- Contain all information related to medication, including frequency, dose, and Diagnoses (aka, the reason we’re giving the medication).
- Parents should check to make sure what the pharmacy gave you matches the orders before leaving the pharmacy!
- Per district policy, doctor orders signed by doctors are needed for everything from cough drops to daily medications! Please plan ahead if your child has a need – DO NOT send them to school with a medication that does not have a fully completed order or the medication will be discarded.
- For inhalers: Please make sure “self-carry” is marked on the Asthma Action plan if you desire your child to take the inhaler to/from school daily or to P.E.
- ALL medications MUST be pharmacy labeled. This includes:
- OTC or Over-The-Counter medications such as cough drops, Tylenol, Advil, Midol, etc., nutritional supplements or homeopathic/herbal remedies.
- Prescription medications.
- ALL medications MUST be in their original bottle. Loose medications, medications in Ziploc bags, or daily pill containers will be discarded.
- Additionally, please:
- Make sure the expiration date on the bottle matches the expiration date of the medication (don’t re-use old bottles)
- Medications and forms are turned in at the same time, and returned to the school after long breaks (medications in the clinic must remain in clinic except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring breaks).
- Students are not allowed to bring or self-administer ANY medication to campus without the aforementioned doctor's order and parent signature on approved Houston ISD medication forms. This includes items such as: Tylenol, ibuprofen, midol, cough drops, inhalers, and allergy medicine.
Student Visits to the Clinic:
- Except in an emergency, students must have a permit from their teacher to visit the clinic. The permit must be from the current period.
- After the nurse assesses the student’s condition, the student may be sent home for the following reasons:
- Temperature of 100 or higher
- Vomiting in Clinic or a classroom
- Seizures lasting longer than 5 minutes, a series of small seizures, or new-onset seizures
- Serious accidents or injuries resulting in broken or dislocated bones, suspected head or neck injury, eye injury, etc.
- Red or pink eye associated with pain and/or drainage
- Suspected contagious illness including
- Chest pain with abnormal vital signs
- Known or suspected infection that is untreated and/or potentially contagious (example: strep throat, chickenpox, etc)
- Live lice (not nits that have been treated)
- Bleeding that will not stop
- Lacerations that may require stitches
- If your child needs to go home, please pick your child up within an hour. If this cannot be accomplished, please discuss with clinic personnel.
- For conditions other than emergencies, the student will be managed in the clinic and allowed to return to class.
- When the clinic is closed for screenings, class presentations, etc., students sent to the clinic will see their House Principal or a Counselor.
- If your child has a known health condition (or is diagnosed with a health condition during the school year) please share the information with the nurse. This information and/or recent medication changes may have an impact on your child at school.
Student VaccinationsAll students enrolled at Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School (including students enrolled in the magnet program) must be compliant with all state required vaccination per state law. Students who remain out of compliance after immunization updates have been requested may be un-enrolled from the school.Please note: your doctor may/may not utilize Immutrac in a timely manner (or at all) and has no state or school reporting requirements (e.g. they do not contact the school when your child's immunizations have been updated). It is your duty as a parent to provide proof of immunization to the school upon request.For more information on immunizations, safety, and the deaths caused by preventable illness due to parent refusals to immunize children, please see our links page.
Annual Health ScreeningsThe clinic conducts state-required health screenings annually. These health screenings are non-invasive and help protect the health of your child. In the event that we find your child may need further evaluation, you will receive a letter from the clinic containing information to be discussed on follow up with your primary care provider.Annual state-required screenings are:
- 6th grade:
- Spinal Screenings (visual screening for Scoliosis)
- 7th grade:
- Vision Screenings (students with glasses/contacts are screened with their corrective wear on, if available)
- Hearing Screenings
- Acanthosis nigricans (a darkening/cracking of the skin most commonly seen on the back of the neck and at the folds of the elbows and wrist)
- blood pressures, height, and weight may also be assessed at the Nurse's discretion.
Last Modified on August 11, 2022