Melissa Franks LVN
Fax: (281) 245-3665
Hours: 7:45 am to 4 pm
Nurse's Notes and Reminders:
Please ensure that the school nurse is updated with any changes in your child's medical information. Please inform the school nurse of any medical conditions that might affect your student during the school day. (Asthma, ADHD/ADD, Life Threatening Allergies, Physical Disabilities, Surgery, etc.)
Remember to ensure that the school has correct and updated phone numbers where you can be reached and that you have added emergency contacts to your child's enrollment information card.
Medication Reminder: Students are not permitted to carry medication including cough drops. ALL MEDICATION must be administered from the clinic. All medication must be brought to and picked up at the clinic by a parent or guardian. Students may NOT carry medication to and from school.
ALL medication must be in its original container with the dosage information present on the packaging. All prescription medication must be in the original pharmacy container with the child's name, medication date and dosing instructions. A second bottle can be requested from the pharmacy by the parent for the school clinic.
Medications such as antibiotics for 3 times a day or every 8 hours are to be given at home. Over the counter medication may be kept in the clinic for 10 days with a note from the parent, if medication is needed longer a doctor's note will be required.
The clinic does NOT carry any "stock" medications such as Tylenol, Motrin, Tums, itch cream etc. Medications can only be sent for the student by the parent or guardian.
Parents are responsible for providing their students own emergency medications ex) epi-pens, inhalers etc
ILLNESS: Please call the school nurse if your child has been diagnosed with a contagious condition such as chicken pox, impetigo, or flu.
If your child has a temperature of 100.0 F or greater, they should stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours or an entire school day without the assistance of a fever reducing medication (such as Tylenol or Advil/Motrin) before returning to school.
Please keep your children at home if they are ill. This allows them to become completely well and prevents the spread of disease to other children.
IMMUNIZATIONS: Texas Department of Health requires all school age children to be up to date on immunizations before admission to school. Proof of immunizations required at enrollment. Students are excluded from school until the required immunizations are obtained and a copy is given to the school nurse. Send a copy to the clinic anytime your child receives new immunizations. Please view the link page on this website for immunization requirements.
As you may have heard in the news, a new coronavirus called the 2019-nCoV has been identified as the
source of an outbreak originally detected in Wuhan, China. This virus causes mild to severe respiratory
symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. There have been NO cases in the State of
Texas at this time. Currently, 2019-nCoV is not circulating in the public in the United States so the risk of
contracting the virus is very low.
More information on coronavirus can be found at: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
Currently, influenza poses a much greater risk to our community than 2019-nCoV. Influenza activity
remains high across the state and to date, there have been fifteen influenza-associated pediatric deaths
in Texas. Signs and symptoms of influenza include:
Influenza is easily spread from person to person. However, there are actions you can take at home to
help protect yourself and your family from influenza and other viruses, including 2019-nCoV. These
preventative measures include:
Get the flu vaccine
Frequently wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow/arm or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Keep sick children home
More information on influenza can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/.
Our teachers, school nurses, and staff are working carefully to encourage these simple and effective
habits of frequent handwashing, covering every cough or sneeze, and cleaning classroom
tables/surfaces frequently. Children who are ill will be sent home from school.
Please contact me if you have any questions about influenza.
My name is Melissa Franks. I am the School Nurse for Meridiana Elementary and this is my 9th year in school nursing. I love helping students stay healthy and taking care of them when they are sick. I graduated Alvin High School in 2006, and then I graduated from Alvin Community College's nursing program in 2011. I am a part of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). I was born and raised in the Manvel area. My husband Gaylon and I have been married for 2 years and have a Pomeranian puppy named Puffin. My hobbies include reading, watching Netflix, scrapbooking, attending concerts, traveling, and cooking. I'm also very active in my church and work with children's ministry. I love Star Wars, Marvel, penguins and Hello Kitty!
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me!
Drink: Unsweetened Tea or Hint Water
Candy: Smart Sweets (fresh fruit is awesome too!)
Colors: Purple, Silver, Gray
Collect: Star Wars, Marvel, Penguins, Hello Kitty, LOL dolls
Sport Teams: Sooners, Texans & Dallas Stars
Food: Jimmy John's, La Casona and Salata
Store: Target, Kendra Scott, Petsmart or H-E-B
Photo by Ashley Gambino Photography