Clinic Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily
Any parent whose child has a medical condition which may affect them while at school needs to relay this information directly to the nurse. If you would like to set up a meeting with Nurse Wells to discuss your child's health, please call 240-7000.
Guidelines for Clinic Visits
Reasonable expectations for self-care in classroom or restroom:
Each grade level area should have a supply of Vaseline, Band-Aids, and soap in plastic container. Each teacher should have a pair of disposable gloves in his/her desk. The following suggestions will be taught by the nurse to Kindergarten through Third Grade classes. Older students should be capable of the self care listed below.
- Chapped lips: Cover with thin layer of Vaseline.
- Minor abrasions (scrapes): Wash with soap and water; apply Band-Aid on clean, dry wound.
- Mosquito/insect bites with localized itching only: Apply cool towel.
- First indications of stomachache, headache, nausea, dizziness or "not feeling well": Put head on desk to rest, go to bathroom, get a drink, set trash can beside desk, see if lunch helps, wait a little while to see if it will go away.
- Contact lenses: Student should provide own solution for cleaning and reinserting lenses.
- Loose teeth or bitten lip with little or no bleeding: Rinse mouth and face at rest room sink. Get a drink at water fountain. Return to class.
- Itchy eyes: Wash face/eyes with cool water.
- Pierced ears: Clean with cool water.
A student should stay in class:
- For at least the first hour/class period when parent sent him/her to school to "try it". The school nurse will keep teachers informed of exceptions such as students with a chronic illness.
- When someone else thinks he/she "looks" sick or "looks" feverish, but student feels fine.
- When old, healed abrasion (scab) is merely sore or itches.
- When there is soreness from an old injury. If no bump, bruise, swelling, redness or if more than 24 hours after injury--no ice should be given--it won't help!
- When bandage was applied at home. Clinic personnel have been instructed not to reapply elastic or sterile dressings.
- When student regularly find excuses to leave class and rarely has to go or stay home because of illness.
- When student frequently asks to go to clinic at same time of day.
- When loose tooth is merely annoying to a student and/or teacher.
When sending a student to the clinic the teacher should:
- Send a pass which indicates the problem or complaint. Except for extreme emergencies, students will not be seen without a pass. This helps ensure our students' safety at all times!
- Send only one student per pass.
Valid reasons for leaving class and going to the clinic:
- Significant vomiting (not just spitting up or phlegm)
- Serious bleeding.
- Animal bite.
- Headache, stomachache, "not feeling well" persists beyond 45 to 60 minutes or is extremely sudden and severe.
- Loss of consciousness..
- Seizures (after consciousness returns).
- Obviously ill in appearance or behavior compared to other days..
- Symptoms of infection (redness, heat, pain, swelling, pus) in any area (e.g. eyes, skin, tooth/jaw, earlobes, fingernails).
- Earache (NEVER put cotton, tissue or anything into an ear!).
- Undiagnosed rash.
- Exhibits symptoms of a known chronic illness such as asthma, diabetes, migraines, ulcers, severe allergic reactions. Nurses will share information with teachers as needed to be prepared for these students.
- Sore throat (possible streptococcal infection).
- Injury to head, eyes, face, ears.
- Bone/joint injury (fractures, dislocations, sprains, strains) Make sure student does not move, bend, or bear weight on the affected bone/joint.
- Severe allergic reactions to insects/medications/foods such as generalized hives, itching, or swelling of the mouth/throat, construction of chest, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, dizziness or wheezing.
- Suspected head lice (extreme scratching of head).
- Nose bleed: Use a tissue and pinch own nose closed, breathe through mouth and walk quietly to the clinic.
FOR SERIOUS FALLS OR ACCIDENTS WHERE HEAD, NECK, SPINAL OR MAJOR UPPER LEG INJURY IS SUSPECTED, DO NOT MOVE STUDENT. SEND FOR NURSE. SHE WILL ASSESS THE STUDENT TO DETERMINE IF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (911) SHOULD BE CALLED.
** DO NOT MOVE STUDENT **
*Special Thanks to Pam Fuchs, RN, School Nurse at Abell Junior High School, MISD