Important Health Information

School Health Services Overview

At Harlandale, caring for your child is the School Nurse's number one priority! This may mean having to send your child home for the day to seek medical care for a condition identified by the School Nurse. However, maximizing your child's time spent in the learning environment is the ultimate goal for every child, in every classroom, everyday. So, sending your child home for the day will only be an option if it is the fastest way of returning your child to the learning environment. Non-urgent and non-emergent conditions will be referred to a physician for care, but can be addressed in the physician's office by appointment as much as possible. If the condition is urgent or emergent like lacerations or obvious broken bones, the call to you by the School Nurse or School Representative will be made with directions to have your child seen immediately by the ER or Urgent Care Clinic.

 

Immunizations

Children of school age are required to have certain immunizations to attend school. The link below is where you can get more information as to what immunizations are due at the different ages.

Texas Department of State Health Services  http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school/default.shtm

 

Remember: If your child has just turned 4 (or will be 4 this month), your child is due for immunizations required for school. If your child will be starting 7th grade, they are also due for immunizations prior to the start of that grade. If either situation applies to your child, you should call your family doctor or Pediatrician and make an appointment to get those required immunizations. If you have any questions, ask your School Nurse. If you need a copy of an officail shot record, the Health Department can provide you one at a nominal cost, but your School Nurse can print you an official copy for FREE. Just ask your School Nurse.

 

Here is the Law subsection (a) that allows for exclusion of a student for delinquent immunizations.

Rule § 97.66 Provisional Enrollment for (Non-Higher Education...) Students

(a) The law requires that students be fully vaccinated against the specified diseases. A student may be enrolled provisionally if the student has an immunization record that indicates the student has received at least one dose of each specified age-appropriate vaccine required by this rule. To remain enrolled, the student must complete the required subsequent doses in each vaccine series on schedule and as rapidly as is medically feasible and provide acceptable evidence of vaccination to the school. A school nurse or school administrator shall review the immunization status of a provisionally enrolled student every 30 days to ensure continued compliance in completing the required doses of vaccination. If, at the end of the 30-day period, a student has not received a subsequent dose of vaccine, the student is not in compliance and the school shall exclude the student from school attendance until the required dose is administered.

Here is the web site we can link to if you like.

http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.TacPage?sl=R&app=9&p_dir=&p_rloc=&p_tloc=&p_ploc=&pg=1&p_tac=&ti=25&pt=1&ch=97&rl=66

 

FEVER POLICY

As we approach the end of November, we are entering into the cold and flu season that lasts until late March. Along with this time, we see an increase in the number of illness accompanied by fever. The district defines fever as a temperature of 100 degrees or higher. A student with a fever is to be excused from school UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER THE FEVER HAS STOPPED, AND IS NOT BEING CONTROLLED BY A FEVER REDUCING MEDICATION LIKE TYLENOL OR MOTRIN. Remember if any illness goes 3 days or more, the school requires a doctor's excuse to cover that extended absence. Also, if there is a question or you are not sure, call your School Nurse for directions. The schools usually require that the School Nurse see the student and take their temperature to document the fever before excusing the absence, so be prepared to bring your student in to the school clinic on the morning you notice the fever and then the Nurse can excuse the absence the next day by a phone call from the parent before 10 am.

The exact policy on Fevers can be found in the Health section of the Student/Parent Handbook.

Head Lice

Harlandale ISD follows the guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) for head lice (Pediculosis) and Scabies according to the Communicable disease chart found at https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/health/schools_childcare/resources/ which gives guidance to schools and child-care centers on how to handle all communicable disease and conditions. Please see your School Nurse for more information.

University Health System School-based Clinic

A partnership with Harlandale ISD to provide health care for Harlandale Students. Located at 834 W. Southcross (in Collier Elementary's parking lot, across from the swimming pool). Ready to provide non-urgent care, routine well child check-ups, physicals, and immunization services. Call for an appointment at (210) 644-1500, or just walk in.