Meet the Clinic Staff
All medication, prescription or
otherwisethat a student is required to take at school, must be kept in and
administered through the clinic. Before medication can be
administered at school, the parent or guardian must submit a written,
dated request to the campus nurse. The request must include the
name of the drug, the exact dosage and reason or purpose the student
is to receive the medication. All medication must be in its original
prescription container. Only the guidelines printed on the container
will be followed unless a physician order is present. The clinic does not
provide medication for students.
The Surgeon General, the Food and Drug
Administration and the Centers for Disease Control recommend that
due to the increased risk of developing Reye’s Syndrome aspirin or
products containing aspirin not be given to children under 18 years of
age. If your physician orders aspirin, you must submit a copy of that
The Texas Nurse Practice Act allows registered
nurses to refuse to administer prescription medications anytime the
nurse believes the medication is contra-indicated for the student.
District policy allows the school nurse to train designated school
employees to administer medication to a student during school hours.
Parents should bring medication they wish to be administered at
school to the nurse in the clinic. Medication can not be sent with a
student on District transportation.
An over-the-counter medication dosage must not exceed the dosage
recommendation listed on the bottle. If your doctor has directed a
dosage that is greater than the recommended dosage, a written order
from the doctor must be provided along with a written note from the
parent. In addition, the use of “sample” medication from a doctor
must have signed written instructions from the doctor along with a
written note from the parent.
Students with asthma may be permitted to possess and use
prescribed asthma medication at school or school-related events only
if he or she has written authorization from his or her parent and
physician or other licensed health-care provider. The student and
parents should discuss this with the school nurse if the student has
been provided asthma medication for use during the school day. It is
strongly recommended that an extra inhaler be kept in the clinic in
the event the student cannot locate their personal inhaler.
A student with diabetes, who has an individual health plan
developed by a physician, and who needs treatment at school, will be
permitted to possess and use monitoring and treatment supplies and
equipment while at school or at a school-related activity in accordance
with their health plan. See the school nurse for more information.
Each school campus has a health clinic with trained personnel to care
for students. The Health Service staff consists of a Registered Nurse
who may be assigned to the campus on a full or part time basis. There
may also be a clinic assistant assigned on a full or part time basis
trained in CPR and first aid.
Any information regarding a student’s health condition or any health
concerns should be communicated to the campus nurse. A“Student
Health Information Form” will be sent home with your child at the
beginning of the school year. It is very important to complete and
return this form. This form will give you the opportunity to list any
medical conditions, allergies, medications or concerns you may have.
It also includes emergency information for the clinic staff. This form
also contains information for contacting the parent or designee.
A child who demonstrates the following symptoms while at school
will be sent home by means other than District provided
• Fever of 100 degrees or more
• Suspected contagious condition or disease
• Vomiting or diarrhea
• Severe stomach ache, headache or earache
• Too ill or hurt to function in the classroom
Clinic Procedures: Students are not allowed in the clinic without a
pass or communication from the teacher. If a student is injured during
school hours, he or she should report to the clinic. The nurse will
contact the parents to notify them of the injury. If, in the judgment of
the nurse or other appropriate school staff, emergency transportation
is required, a call will be made to 911. Any costs associated with this
emergency treatment are borne by the student’s parent or guardian.
Caney Creek is equipped with two elevators. If your student has an injury requiring the use of crutches and or the elevator during the school day a physicians order is required according to district policy. Please bring a copy of the Doctor order to the clinic. The clinic will provide a pass for the elevator.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STAPH/MRSA SKIN INFECTIONS
Recently, doctors in Texas have been seeing an increasing number of patients with skin infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus (“Staph”) bacteria that are resistant to many antibiotics (drugs that kill bacteria), also called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus—”MRSA.”
The Texas Department of State Health Services is working with doctors and other healthcare providers to better understand why this is happening and how to prevent antibiotic (drug) resistant Staph/MRSA skin infections from spreading.
What is a Staph/MRSA skin infection?
It can be a pimple, rash, boil, or an open wound.
Staph/MRSA is often misdiagnosed as spider bites. Staph bacteria are commonly found on the skin of healthy persons. Staph/MRSA infections
often begin with an injury to the skin.
Symptoms of a Staph infection include
redness, warmth, swelling, tenderness of
the skin, and boils or blisters. Sometimes it does not cause any problems; sometimes it causes minor infections, such as pimples or boils. If left untreated,
it can cause serious skin infections or worse.
How do Staph skin infections spread?
Staph/MRSA lives on skin and survives
on objects for 24 hours or more.
The cleanest person can get a Staph/MRSA infection. Antibiotic- resistant Staph/MRSA skin infections are found in places where there are crowds of people (schools, jails, gyms). Staph/ MRSA can rub off the skin of an infected person onto the skin of another person during skin to skin contact. Or, the Staph can come off of the infected skin of a person onto a shared object or surface, and get onto the skin of the next person who uses it. Examples of commonly shared
objects include towels, soap, benches
in hot tubs, and athletic equipment—
in other words, anything that could
have touched the skin of a Staph
infected person can carry the bacteria
to the skin of another person.
How can I prevent myself or my family
members from getting infected?
Wash your hands with soap and warm water.
Keep cuts and scrapes clean with
soap and water. Avoid skin contact
and sharing personal items with
anyone you suspect could have a Staph skin infection. When using protective gloves to treat infected area, remove and dispose of properly; wash your hands with soap and water after removing them. Do not share personal items with other persons who might have skin infections.
What should I do if I think I have a skin infection?
Consult your doctor or
If you think that you have a skin infection, consult your doctor or healthcare provider as soon as possible. Early treatment can help prevent the infection from getting worse. Be sure to follow directions from your doctor or healthcare provider closely, even when you start to feel better. Not taking all of your pills leads to stronger, antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
If my doctor or healthcare provider has told me that I have a Staph/MRSA skin infection, what can I do to keep others from getting infected?
Clean your bandages, your hands, and your home.
Keep the infected area covered with clean, dry bandages. Pus from infected wound is very infectious.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and
warm water, especially after changing your
bandages or touching the infected skin.
Regularly clean your bathroom, kitchen, and all other rooms, as well as your personal items. Wash clothes and other items that become soiled with hot water or bleach, when possible. Drying clothes in a hot dryer, rather than air-drying, also helps kill bacteria in clothes.
Tell any healthcare providers who treat you that you have an antibiotic-resistant Staph/MRSA skin infection.
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