Important Information regarding Flu Season
With the recent concern about Flu and it's effects on our children both nationwide and in the Flower Mound area, parents are strongly encouraged to help keep our children and school community healthy by taking actions to help prevent the spread of flu and other illnesses.
As a reminder, Hicks Elementary School adheres to the LISD Fever Policy which states, "Students with a fever of 100.0 degrees and an associated flu-like symptom will be excluded from school until fever free for 24 hrs. without the use of fever reducing medicines following CDC recommendations for 'Influenza in the School Setting'."
Immunizations Required by LISD
Students attending LISD schools must meet Texas immunization requirements. At the time of enrollment, all students enrolling for the first time in a Texas school must present proof of their complete or on schedule immunization status for all the state mandated immunizations. There is NO grace period. Physicians, school, or health department records are acceptable proof.
A student can be enrolled provisionally for no more than 30 days if he/she transfers from one Texas school to another and is awaiting transfer of the immunization records.
All students entering from a foreign country must provide proof that tuberculosis testing has been performed within the last three months.
You should fill out a new health card for your child each year. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS ARE CURRENT AND ACCURATE. Please give us numbers for cell phones, beepers, etc. If you have voice mail at work, also leave a number where a person can be reached. Attendance at school is not permitted if these circumstances are present: vomiting, diarrhea, temperature over 100.0, rash, active lice infestation, drainage from eyes, or if the severity of the condition indicates school attendance would not be in the best interest of the child. Please check with the nurse if you have any doubts. If your child has symptoms of the flu (such as fever of 100.0 or higher, vomiting, diarrhea), you must keep your child home until he or she is symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication (such as Tylenol or Motrin).
The district is not responsible for any costs incurred for medical or dental care, or for emergency transportation. However, if you are unable to afford medical care, dental care, eye care, or medications please talk to your school nurse. There are organizations within our community that may be able to help.
Bringing Medications To School
Elementary school students are not allowed to carry medications with them. Medications must be kept in the health room and administered by the school nurse or a provider designated by the principal. The child's condition must necessitate that the medication be given during school hours. Medication includes approved prescription and non-prescription (over-the-counter) drugs. Approved medications are those that are approved by the FDA. Alternative therapies, herbals, and supplements are not approved or controlled by the FDA and therefore cannot be administered by school personnel. The school does not buy or stock medications.
Parents can request that a medication be given on a short term basis (up to five consecutive school days) if the parent provides the medication in the original container and includes a note containing the following information:
- student’s name and teacher
- name of medication
- medication dosage
- length of time it is to be administered
- requested time of administration
- condition for which it is needed
- parental signature
- date administration should start
A physician authorization is required for all control medications and any medications that will be given at school for more that five days. A physician authorization would also be required if a parent would like to leave a medication at school to be given on an as needed basis. Parents have to provide a new physician’s order at the beginning of each school year and every time there is a change in dose or schedule of treatment. Doctor’s may fax it to the school.
Due to safety concerns, LISD elementary school students will no longer be able to carry any medications to or from school. Medications must be transported by a parent, guardian, or other adult. This is a new policy that the district hopes will help keep our school healthy and safe for all students.
In 2001 the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1688 which permitted students to carry and self-administer their own medication for the treatment of asthma while at school or at school functions. If you want your student to carry and self-administer his or her own asthma medication at school and at school functions, please complete a Medication Self Carry Agreement
and return it to the school nurse as soon as possible.
For medications to be given by the nurse at school the above minimum requirements must be met. Please contact the school nurse for further guidelines or questions.
Health Appraisal & Screening
Each year students in Kindergarten, first, third, fifth, and those who are new to LISD are screened for vision and hearing. Students in second and fourth grades may have a vision and/or hearing screen done at the request of the parent, teacher, or special education department. Parents may request a vision or hearing screen at any time, simply call your school nurse or stop by the health room.
Scoliosis and spinal disorder screening is done in fifth grade. You will receive a letter notifying you prior to this scheduled screening. Please click for more information on spinal screening
Students in first, third and fifth grade will be screened for Acanthosis Nigricans. This is a condition that signals high levels of insulin in the body. This screening is done by looking at and feeling the skin on the back of the neck. Please click for more information on Acanthosis Nigricans
Screenings are typically done in the fall semester, the nurse will send a medical referral home to the parents of children who do not pass their screening.
If you suspect a developmental or learning problem in your preschool child you can contact the LISD special education.
For copies of health related forms please click on the links below.
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