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    Health Clinic Information

    Health Clinic Phone: 817-305-4809
    Clinic Fax : 817-305-4815
    Nurse: Kathy Thompson R.N., B.S.N.

    Health Clinic

    Heritage Middle School’s clinic is designed to treat minor injuries and to act as a temporary “waiting room” for children who have become ill during the school day. Should a student become ill, persons designated on the Health Information Section in Skyward will be contacted to pick up the student. All telephone numbers must be recorded in Skyward in Health Information/Emergency and updated immediately if changes occur during the school year.
    Students will be sent home and should stay home from school due to illness if any of the following are present:

    • Fever of 100 degrees or higher in the past 24 hours
    • Vomiting and/or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
    • Itchy, red eyes with discharge
    • Unknown rash
    • Ringworm of the scalp (until treatment has been started)
    • Headlice or nits
    • Jaundice

    Illness During the School Day

    If a student becomes ill during the school day, the student should report to the school health clinic where the nurse will assess the student and administer first aid. In the event the school nurse is not present, the student should report immediately to the main office.

    • Immunization Requirements for Middle School Students
    • 3 doses of DPT with one dose on or after the 4th birthday
    • 1 dose Tdap vaccine  
    • 3 doses Polio with one dose on or after the 4th birthday
    • 2 doses MMR received on or after the 1st birthday
    • 3 doses Hepatitis B
    • 2 doses Hepatitis A
    • 2 dose Varicella after child’s 1st birthday, or date of chickenpox illness
    • 1 dose Meningitis vaccine

    MEDICATION PROCEDURES

    All medication should be given outside of school hours, if possible. Only medication which is required to enable a student to stay in school may be given at school. Three times a day medications can be given before school, after school and at bedtime. The initial dose of medication must be administered at home, physician's office, or hospital. If necessary, medication can be given at school under the following conditions:

    1. All medication (prescription and over-the-counter) must be:
    a.    provided by the parent.
    b.    transported by an adult if it is a controlled substance, i.e., Ritalin. The med will be counted upon its arrival in the nurse's office. by an adult if it is a controlled substance, i.e., Ritalin. The med will be counted upon its arrival in the nurse's office.
    c.    in its original, properly labeled container. The pharmacy can supply two (2) labeled bottles for this purpose. The date on the bottle must be current within the past twelve (12) months.
    d.   accompanied by a specific written request signed by the parent/guardian (see below).
    e.   placed in a locked cabinet in the nurse's office (exception: EpiPens, Inhalers, and students whose doctor considers them sufficiently responsible and have signed a request for them to carry an inhaler or anaphylaxis medication on their person. In either case, the student must demonstrate to the nurse competent use of the device(s); it is recommended that another inhaler and or Epi-Pen be kept in the nurse's office. The school nurse will inform the principal and appropriate others. (If a student allows another person to use the medication, the privilege may be revoked.)
    f.    for Controlled Medication and OTC medication to be given for more than ten (10) consecutive days or administered for more than ten (10) doses, whichever is greater, requires a physician’s signature, licensed to practice in the State of Texas.
    g.   administered by a school nurse or by a non-health professional designated by the principal and trained by the school nurse. No district employee shall be required to give medication dosages in excess of FDA recommendations.

    2. Alternative and sample prescriptions, if approved as medication by the FDA, must be labeled with the child's name and accompanied by a signed Texas Board Certified physician's order. When ordered, alternative medication must be accompanied by a product information sheet listing its ingredients, actions, and side effects. Herbal substances or dietary supplements provided by the parent will be administered only if required by the individualized education program or Section 504 plan of a student with disabilities.

    3. The district can assume no responsibility for loss or negligent behavior when the student carries his/her conventional or alternative medication or dietary supplement without the knowledge of the nurse. Noncompliance may subject the student to disciplinary action.

    4. Only authorized district personnel may administer topical medication to a student as part of first aid protocol.

    5. The school nurse must be consulted if the student requires long-term medication, any health care procedure, or monitoring.