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Health Services

School Health Services

Amanda Michael, BSN RN

District Nurse

amanda.michael@stbobcats.net

361-287-3426 x 2016

JH/HS Office Hours: 7:30a-4:00p

Lunch: 11:20-11:50am

 

Cristina Briseno

Elementary Campus Nurse’s Aide

cristina.briseno@stbobcats.net

361-287-3426 x 4016

Elementary Office Hours: 7:30a-4:00p

Lunch: 12:30p -1:00p

 

 

 

*Notice to Parents: Each campus does not have a full-time nurse. 


Annual Health Screenings

Vision and Hearing

These screenings are mandated by Texas law in grades PK, KG, 01, 03, 05, 07, and students in other grades who are new to ST-ISD. Parents of students who fail vision screening will receive a referral letter from the school nurse recommending a more comprehensive exam by an eye doctor. Parents of students who fail hearing screening will receive a letter from the school nurse for a more comprehensive exam by a physician.

Spinal

This screening is mandated by Texas law as follows: 

  • Girls will be screened two times, once at age 10 (or fall semester of grade 5) and again at age 12 (or fall semester of grade 7).
  • Boys will be screened one time at age 13 or 14 (or fall semester of grade 8).

Spinal screening is designed to detect abnormalities that may be indicative of conditions such as scoliosis, kyphosis, or lordosis. This is done in a private environment by the school nurse. Parents of students who have any positive findings will receive a letter from the school nurse with recommendations.

Acanthosis Nigricans

This screening is mandated by Texas law in grades 01, 03, 05, and 07 and is usually done at the same time as vision and hearing screening. Acanthosis Nigricans (AN) is a skin discoloration that may indicate high levels of insulin in the blood which results from insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can create a potential risk for the development of Type 2 Diabetes. The skin on the nape of the neck will be visually examined. If the AN marker is noted, then the student will have blood pressure, height, and weight measured. Parents will be notified of these specific findings.

If you have any questions about any of these screenings or your child’s results, please contact the school nurse.

 

Required Immunizations for Texas Public School Students

Texas school and child-care facility immunization requirements are determined by the state legislature and set by the Texas Department of State Health Services, in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency.

Maintaining adequate immunization rates in schools is critical to preventing disease outbreaks and ensuring the health of Texas children. For more information reguarding immunizations for grades PK-12th visit their website at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/school/default.shtm

 

 

 

Exclusion from School for due to Illness

To decrease the spread of communicable illnesses, students with certain symptoms or diagnosed diseases are not allowed to come to school while they are considered contagious.  Please contact the STISD nurse if you are not sure whether or not your child should return to school.  STISD  School Health Services utilizes recommendations from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Texas Administrative Code and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to determine these guidelines.

 

Fever:

Students with a temperature of 100º F or greater will not be allowed to attend school.  Students should stay home until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of a fever suppressing medication (ie Tylenol, Motrin, Aleve, Advil, Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen).

 

Nausea/Vomiting:

Students who vomit 2 or more times in 24 hours should not attend school until free of vomiting for 24 hours without vomiting suppressing medication (ie Dramamine,Pepto-Bismol) .  However, there are many reasons a child may vomit.  All students who vomit will be evaluated by the school health professional.  The judgment of the school health professional will be utilized to determine if the cause may be infectious and the need to send home and/or allow readmission. 

 

Diarrhea: 

Students with frequent loose stools (three or more episodes in 24 hours) must not attend school until diarrhea free for 24 hours without diarrhea suppressing medication (ie Imodium,Pepto-Bismol) .  The judgment of the school health professional will be utilized to determine if the cause may be infectious and the need to send home and/or allow readmission.

 

Pinkeye (conjunctivitis):

Students with pink or red sclera will be evaluated by a school health professional.  If conjunctivitis is suspected, the student will be sent home until a doctor provides a note clearing the student to return to school, the student has been taking antibiotics for 24 hours, and/or until the student is symptom free. 

COVID-19 like symptoms or Positive COVID-19 results or exposure:

Please follow the S-T District Student Process Map for COVID-19