We will promptly attempt to notify you or a person you have authorized us to notify if we have knowledge that your child has been injured or becomes ill at school. One of the forms we ask you to complete at the beginning of each school year is a form authorizing designated school employees to consent to medical treatment in case your child is injured or becomes ill at school or school –related activity and requires emergency treatment. We, of course, will call you in such a situation and will also call for emergency assistance. It is important, however, that you understand that the school district is not responsible for any cost of medical treatment or services provided after an injury at school or a school related activity. We cannot and will not use public funds to pay individual student medical expenses.
Because your child may have a medical condition that requires extra attention/care from the school personnel, it is important the parent/guardian visit with school nurse on the student’s campus. The school nurse will then inform others of care as needed. Up-to-date addresses and telephone numbers are imperative to the school as emergency care can arise at any time during school hours.
Children should only be in school when they can fully participate in their educational program. Therefore, children with the following should stay at home and or will be referred home by the nurse or other school personnel:
By following the above guidelines, we hope to provide a healthy environment for everyone in the school community.
Active head lice infestation may create a difficult learning environment for the affected student(s); therefore, the district maintains a program to identify and eliminate head lice. Children shall be screened by the school nurse or other school official with consideration for privacy and confidentiality. Mass screenings are disruptive and initiate unnecessary use of lice medication that can cause resistance, so SAISD will not conduct mass screenings unless there are two or more active cases in the same classroom within the same week. When a student is suspected of having head lice or the teacher notices excessive head scratching, the school nurse or other school official shall inspect the child. When live lice are found, the school nurse or other school official shall check the student's siblings and all known household contacts on the same campus. A parent can call and request that their child be checked, but they cannot request that another child be checked. It will be determined by the school nurse and campus administrator if a classroom check will be performed upon a parent request. DO NOT DISCUSS A STUDENT’S LICE ISSUE WITH ANYONE OTHER THAN A CUSTODIAL PARENT OR GUARDIAN.
Letters shall be sent to the parents of students with active infestations only. If an entire classroom is screened following the above mentioned requirements, then the letter needs to be sent home with each student.
Children identified with live lice shall be sent home or excluded from the classroom until treatment is completed by the parents or guardians. The school nurse or other school official shall provide instruction to the parent and/or guardian regarding identification of active infestation, treatment procedures, and readmission guidelines.
It is recommended that the parent contact their child’s physician for treatment options and that prescribed medication directions be strictly followed. If they do not have a regular physician, then it is recommended that a FDA approved, over-the-counter lice product be used---again strictly following package directions. It is also important that a lice comb is used to remove the nits and dead lice. Retreatment is recommended in 7-10 days.
Children who are sent home for head lice infestation must be free of live lice and virtually all nits must be removed from the hair before the student may return to school. When a student returns to school (presumably on the next day), the student shall be re-examined. If live lice are found, the student will be sent home again. The previous procedure will be followed until the student is free of live lice and virtually all nits. When a student has missed five consecutive days of school related to lice infestation, a warning letter shall be sent to the parent to notify them that the student is immediately required to be at school. There will be no academic penalty imposed for absences.
Surprising Things You Might Not Know About Head Lice
Please check your child for lice/nits on a regular basis. "Checking" means visually observing the hair and combing it with a metal nit comb. Nits look like flakes of dandruff or droplets of hair spray. The difference is that dandruff or hair spray will come off easily when the hair shaft is shaken, whereas nits are very difficult to remove. If you see lice or nits on your child's hair, call your health care provider for advice of treatment. If you aren't sure what you are looking for please contact school office. Most children should not need to miss any school because of lice.
This note is a reminder to be vigilant in checking your child's head.
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Bed bugs are becoming a common problem that significantly impacts our general quality of life, but they are not known to transmit disease. The home of any person can be infested by bed bugs, regardless of ethnic background, type of home, or socio-economic status. As this problem escalates, although rare, bed bugs may become an issue in our schools because they may “hitch-hike” on a student’s clothing, books, or backpack from an infested home. It is important that if this happens, the school takes proactive actions to prevent infestation and stop them from spreading within the school setting. The following are GUIDELINES that have been gathered and organized from public health agencies and academic institutions throughout the United States.
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small insects that feed on people while they sleep. Bed bugs do not live on a person. Bed bugs usually hide during the day and come out to feed during the night. Adult bed bugs have flat, rusty-red-colored oval bodies, are about the size of an apple seed, big enough to be easily seen, but often hide in cracks in furniture, floors, or walls.
A bed bug bite may develop into an itchy welt that is similar to a mosquito bite. Bed bug bites do not transmit disease, but their bites are a nuisance and can cause significant itchiness, secondary infections, anxiety, and sleeplessness. Infestations are also very difficult and expensive to control. They can also be transmitted from one location to another in backpacks, clothing, luggage, books, and other items. Bed bugs are rarely transported into a house by pets.
Actual bed bug infestations in schools are uncommon and it is necessary that the bug be identified as a bed bug which should be done by a pest management professional. These bed bugs could be carried home by another student which can be a major concern to the school – bed bugs are very difficult and expensive to eradicate.
If students are getting bitten or bed bugs are discovered, then a licensed pest control applicator should be contacted for assistance in identifying and eradicating bed bugs.
What if you find a bed bug on a student?
If you find a bed bug on a student, this may be an indication that the student has bed bugs in his/her home. DON’T PANIC. Remember, people do not become infested with bed bugs, bed bugs feed on people. Bed bugs can crawl on or off a person or their belongings at any time.
What if you find a bed bug in the classroom?
Treatment and Prevention
Only a trained professional, or someone under the direct supervision of a licensed professional, should perform the inspection and apply pesticide treatments to affected areas in the school building.
Information and resources gathered from:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov)
Environmental Protection agency (EPA) (http://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/)
Texas Department of State Health Services
Indiana State Department of Health
University of Kentucky (http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef636.asp)
New York City Department of Health and Mental Health (www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/vector/vector-faq1.shtml)