School Health Clinic Guidelines and Medical Alert Information
School Health Clinic Guidelines as mandated by the CDC and Texas State Department of Health and Human Services.
These guidelines will be followed for the protection and well being of all of our students and staff who may have communicable or possible contagious diseases.
Students are expected to remain at home if they have any of the following and if presented at school with any of these symptoms will be sent home (excluded from school) until they are symptom and medicine free or have been medically cleared by a healthcare provider:
- Temperature of 100 or greater. Student will need to be fever free for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medications such Tylenol or Ibuprofen before they can re-enter.
- Undetermined rash on any part of the body. Referral will be given for clearance by a healthcare provider before re-enter can be granted.
- Vomiting or diarrhea 2 or more times.
- Red/pinkest eyes with crusting and/or drainage.
- Wounds open and draining.
- Jaundice - unless otherwise has noted medical condition.
- Presence of live head lice.
- Ringworm on scalp.
- Feels too badly to remain at school.
- Breathing difficulty - no known history or medication at school.
- Complaints of chect pain.
For futher information please see the student handbook. You may also visit the CDC website for Communicable Diseases
∗It is the responsibility for parents/guardians to pick up your student when contacted by the school nurse, health services staff or principal designated school respresentative in a timely manner so that the student may receive the proper care needed.
Respiratory Hygiene and Cough Etiquette (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/covercough.htm)
• Provide facial tissue throughout the facility. (link to cough etiquette)
• Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
• If tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into upper sleeve, not hands.
• Put used tissue in the waste basket.
• Wash hands with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner after coughing or sneezing. Standard Precautions Because we do not always know if a person has an infectious disease, apply standard precautions to every person every time to assure that transmission of disease does not occur.
• Wear gloves for touching blood, body fluids, secretions, excretions, and contaminated items and for touching mucous membranes and nonintact skin.
• Use appropriate handwashing procedures after touching blood, body fluids, secretions, excretions, contaminated items, and immediately after removing gloves.
• Develop procedures for routine care, cleaning, and disinfection of environmental surfaces.
• Encourage children and adults to wash their hands frequently, especially before handling or preparing foods and after wiping noses, diapering, using toilets, or handling animals.
• Wash hands with soap and water long enough to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
• Sinks, soap, and disposable towels should be easy for children to use.
• If soap and water are not available, clean hands with gels or wipes with alcohol in them.