School Health ServicesAlvin ISD school nurses are proud to be a part of every child's education. Success in school is directly related to the good health and the emotional well-being of each student.Responsibility for the care of children lies primarily with the parents. If your child becomes ill or has an emergency at school, it is important that the school nurse or administrator be able to reach you immediately. Please make sure that the school has accurate telephone numbers listed for you and your emergency contacts. Please remember to update any phone numbers that change.The nurses and clinic assistants in Alvin ISD are here to assist and support parents and teachers in their efforts to maintain good health in their children. We are always happy to have you call with questions or concerns about your child's health. Please feel free to visit your child's school clinic at any time. It is our goal to educate the children, beginning in elementary school, to take control of their own health care management, so that they can grow up to be strong and independent. Below are some links regarding illness management at school and guidance about when a child is sent to the clinic. Please note that Alvin ISD school nurses work closely with the Brazoria County Health Department in developing guidelines for the treatment of illnesses at school and on the specific criteria for the exclusion from school.The district also has a School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) that develops nutrition guidelines and the wellness plan as required by law. Any parent who is interested may participate in this committee.If you are interested in being on the SHAC committee, please contact Dr. Loree Bruton at 281-245-2451 or at firstname.lastname@example.orgA copy of the School Wellness Plan may be found at the following link:A rating of this plan by the SHAC committee may be found at the following link:Remember, our goal is to keep children in school. We try hard not to send children home unless they are ill or present a health threat to others. The very best way to control the spread of germs and to keep children healthy is to routinely wash hands with soap and water.
Immunization RequirementsTexas state law requires students to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. To determine specific vaccines that are required for your child to attend school, reference the documents listed below. Please be aware that students without proper documentation of the required vaccinations or a valid and notarized conscientious exemption will not be allowed to attend school. If you have specific questions regarding these requirements, please contact your school nurse.
District Policies on When a Child Gets Sent Home
Alvin ISD operates a program of communicable disease control in accordance with the standards and regulations established by the Texas Department of Health, Brazoria County Health Department and in accordance with applicable laws.
Students with the following symptoms shall be excluded from school until free of symptoms or a document is received from the physician stating that the student is released to return to school. This list of signs and symptoms is not exhaustive.
- Temperature of 100 degrees or above
- Diarrhea, nausea and/or vomiting
- Pain and/or swelling at angle of the jaw (pain in or behind the ear that is aggravated by chewing, swallowing, or opening the mouth)
- Red-eye with purulent discharge or crusting
- Scaly patches on the scalp (possible ringworm)
- Intense itching with evidence of open lesions or signs and symptoms of secondary infection
- Signs of jaundice
- Acute febrile illness, prodromal systemic symptoms with rash
- Open, draining lesions
The parent or authorized individual is expected to pick his or her child up within one hour of being notified of any of the above conditions.
Additional Resources:Texas Department of State Health Services: http://www.dshs.state.tx.usAmerican Academy of Pediatrics: http://www.aap.orgCenter for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.govAmerican Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.orgBrazoria County Health Department: http://brazoriacountytx.gov/departments/health-departmentTexas DSHS Zika Fact Sheet: Zika Fact Sheet