Healthy Bodies = Healthy Minds
Welcome to the Harlandale I.S.D. School Health Services Informational Web Page!
The School Health Services Facilitator is Mr. Rodney La Point, RN. you can e-mail any questions concerning your child's medical conditions or therapies to firstname.lastname@example.org
School Health Services Overview
At Harlandale, caring for your child is the School Nurse's number one priority! This may mean having to send your child home for the day to seek medical care for a condition identified by the School Nurse. However, maximizing your child's time spent in the learning environment is the ultimate goal for every child, in every classroom, everyday. So, sending your child home for the day will only be an option if it is the fastest way of returning your child to the learning environment. Non-urgent and non-emergent conditions will be referred to a physician for care, but can be addressed in the physician's office by appointment as much as possible. If the condition is urgent or emergent like lacerations or obvious broken bones, the call to you by the School Nurse or School Representative will be made with directions to have your child seen immediately by the ER or Urgent Care Clinic.
Children of school age are required to have certain immunizations to attend school. The link below is where you can get more information as to what immunizations are due at the different ages.
Remember: If your child has just turned 4 (or will be 4 this month), your child is due for immunizations required for school. If your child will be starting 7th grade, they are also due for immunizations prior to the start of that grade. If either situation applies to your child, you should call your family doctor or Pediatrician and make an appointment to get those required immunizations. If you have any questions, ask your School Nurse. If you need a copy of an officail shot record, the Health Department can provide you one at a nominal cost, but your School Nurse can print you an official copy for FREE. Just ask your School Nurse.
Here is the Law subsection (a) that allows for exclusion of a student for delinquent immunizations.
Rule § 97.66 Provisional Enrollment for (Non-Higher Education...) Students
(a) The law requires that students be fully vaccinated against the specified diseases. A student may be enrolled provisionally if the student has an immunization record that indicates the student has received at least one dose of each specified age-appropriate vaccine required by this rule. To remain enrolled, the student must complete the required subsequent doses in each vaccine series on schedule and as rapidly as is medically feasible and provide acceptable evidence of vaccination to the school. A school nurse or school administrator shall review the immunization status of a provisionally enrolled student every 30 days to ensure continued compliance in completing the required doses of vaccination. If, at the end of the 30-day period, a student has not received a subsequent dose of vaccine, the student is not in compliance and the school shall exclude the student from school attendance until the required dose is administered.
Here is the web site we can link to if you like.
As we approach the end of November, we are entering into the cold and flu season that lasts until late March. Along with this time, we see an increase in the number of illness accompanied by fever. The district defines fever as a temperature of 100 degrees or higher. A student with a fever is to be excused from school UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER THE FEVER HAS STOPPED, AND IS NOT BEING CONTROLLED BY A FEVER REDUCING MEDICATION LIKE TYLENOL OR MOTRIN. Remember if any illness goes 3 days or more, the school requires a doctor's excuse to cover that extended absence. Also, if there is a question or you are not sure, call your School Nurse for directions. The schools usually require that the School Nurse see the student and take their temperature to document the fever before excusing the absence, so be prepared to bring your student in to the school clinic on the morning you notice the fever and then the Nurse can excuse the absence the next day by a phone call from the parent before 10 am.
The exact policy on Fevers can be found in the Health section of the Student/Parent Handbook.
11/3/14- The University Health Suystem School Based Clinic at Collier Elementary has changed their hours. They are now opened Monday thru Thursday from 8 am - 4:30 pm, and Fridays from 10 am - 4:30 pm. They also now have a conract with Medicaid to become your children's medical "home" office if you do not have a pediatrician for your children.
I know everyone has heard a lot of information about ebola and eneterovirus D68. Please know that even though they are very serious infections, they are prevented the same way the common cold and the flu is prevented. With the use of strict handwashing, covering your coughs and sneezes, and not sharing foods, drinks, and utensils of prople who have or may have the viruses now. For more info on Enterovirus D68 go to; http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/ev-d68.html, and for more information on ebola go to; http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/.
If you still have questions, you can always visit with your School Nurse, who is up to date on everything health for you and your family.
In other news: Saturday, November 8th from 10am to 2pm, the 2nd Annual Harlandale Community Health Fair will be held at Harlandale High School. Many different vendors will be there to help answer questions about everything health for you and your family. Vendors from Dentistry and Medical care, to health insurance and the San Antonio Food Bank will be there along with MUCH MORE! The University Health System's Mobile Mammogram Unit will be there performing free mammograms, and the CHildren's Hospital of San Antonio will be performing free health screenings. A great big thank you to all our vendors especially Aetna Health Insurance, and HEB for your genorous donations and support of our community and the health fair. Hope to see you there. Bring the whole family. Door prizes will be given out.
8/26/14- The University Health System's School Based Clinic on Southcross will continue to be opened during the following hours:
Monday and Wednesday 8am- 1pm, Tuesday and Thursday 1pm- 6pm, Closed on Fridays
Please don't wait, If your student is in 7th grade and has not recieved their shots, go now. If your child is in Kinder, and has not recieved their 4 year old shots, also go now. Don't get caught in the crowd. You can also call 358-TALK to make an appointment at one of the other University Health Clinics.
Other Community Clinics:
- University Health System clinics: As far as UHS clinics, appts are usually made through the UHS central appt number (358-TALK). Information about UHS clinic locations can be found at http://www.universityhealthsystem.com/all-locations/ UHS clinics offer immunization services by appt. below.
- University Health System - Zarzamora Clinic
4503 S. Zarzamora, San Antonio, Texas 78211
- University Health System - South Flores Clinic (Not a Women's Health Clinic anymore. It's a Family Health Clinic now! YAY!)
7902 S. Flores, San Antonio, Texas 78221
Medical Forms for School
To the right of this web page, under the "Related Documents" tab are a few of the most common needed forms for any student in Harlandale with a special medical need.
It is common for students to need to take medication while at school. Even if it is for just a very short time, like an antibiotic. The form would still need to be filled out and brought to the clinic along with the medication in the labeled bottle it was given to you in by the pharmacist. The form you need for medications at school is located under the Student Support Services tab, under documents, click on School Health and School Nurses.
It is also common for students to be allergc to different things like bee stings and ant bites or different foods. Senate Bill 27, which was passed last year in Congress, requires the parent or guardian to have the Allergy Packet completed by a doctor and returned to the clinic along with any medications like epinephrine or Benadryl that was prescribed by the physician. The allergy packets have been provided for you in English and Spanish for your convenience. Just print, have the doctor complete, sign and return.
If you want to apply for an exemption from immunizations, an instructional form is posted above in "Related Documents."
And as always, if you have any questions, simply go by and visit with your School Nurse. They also have all the forms you need for your child.
In the near future, there will be much more helpful information that will be posted on this site.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions for helpful content of this resource.
Rodney La Point, RN
Harlandale Independent School District
Student Support Services, School Health Services Facilitator