||Kim Oliver, BSN, RN
||Melissa Turner, BSN, RN
||Kim Hartis, RN
||Kelley Rather, BS, RN
||Amy Huey, BSN, RN
||Anabel Atkinson, MSN, RN, NP-BC
||Katherine Hall, RN
||Linda Poldrugach, BSN, RN
||Angela Glass, BSN, RN (Lead HPISD Nurse)
||Shayla Dunlap, BSN, RN
- If you have questions or concerns regarding health services, please contact your campus nurse.
The student is affirmed as having inalienable rights, intrinsic value, dignity, and responsibility. The student is accepted without judgment in terms of biological, socioeconomic, political, cultural, religious, and emotional complexities.
Health is recognized not exclusively as the absence of illness or disease, but as the most desirable level of physiological and emotional well being. All students have the right to learn how health may be better achieved.
In the school setting, the registered professional nurse is responsible for identification of health risks and initiation of health promotional modalities that foster optimal physical, psychological, and social development conducive to learning. The school nurse assumes the role of student advocate and liaison between the students, home, and community. In today's society, health risks to children are a major concern to educators, the family, and community. Health objectives and educational objectives are closely related; problems that impact the health of students also affect their educational processes.
One of the major principles of education has been the achievement and maintenance of good health. The school setting has a unique advantage in the promotion of health education; the development of positive healthful attitudes; the maintenance of an environment conducive to optimal health, growth, and learning; and the meeting of needs of school students and school personnel.
It is the intent of the school health program to provide health counseling, appraisal, screening, referral, and follow-up through assessment, planning, development, and evaluation.
The primary purpose of the school health program is the optimal maintenance, promotion, protection, and improvement of student, staff, and community health. The school health personnel work in collaboration with students, parents, educators, staff members, and other community resources to assist the student in developing competence to cope confidently with the complexities of life. The program is designed to assure a safe, healthy environment that is conducive to learning and to provide professional care for those who become ill or injured while at school.
The school health program is no substitute for the health care which parents should provide for children. Rather than relieving parents' responsibilites, this program is established to encourage individuals to utilize the services of a private physician, dentist, optometrist, and/or community health agencies.
The goals of the HPISD Health Services are:
- To advocate and help provide an environment conducive to the promotion and maintenance of health;
- To detect and provide nursing care for any physical condition or health problem which impedes learning or threatens optimum health (nursing care being defined as assessment, intervention, counseling, and/or referral of any physical conditions);
- To act as liaison among the school, home, community agencies, physicians, and other health personnel;
- To achieve acceptable levels of compliance with federal, state, and local health regulations;
- To maintain and utilize current individual and collective health data;
- To provide learning and growth experiences for students, family, and staff members; and
- To evaluate and revise the program's effectiveness.
The Highland Park School Health Clinics are designed to treat minor injuries and to act as a temporary “waiting room” for students who have become ill during the school day. Should a student become ill, only persons designated on the Health Information /Emergency Release Card will be contacted to pick up the student. All telephone numbers must be recorded on the Health Information/Emergency Release Card and updated immediately if changes occur during the school year.
Illness During the School Day
If a student becomes ill during the school day, the student should report to the school health clinic where the nurse will assess the student and administer first aid. In the event the school nurse is not present, the student should report immediately to the main office.
Students will be sent home and should stay home from school due to illness if any of the following are present:
- fever of 100 degrees or higher in the past 24 hours
- vomiting and/or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
- itchy, red eyes with discharge
- unknown rash
- untreated scabies
- ringworm of the scalp (until treatment has been started)
All medication should be given outside of school if possible. Most medications, even those scheduled for three times per day, can usually be given outside of school hours. Also, Texas state law does not permit public schools to provide Tylenol, Advil, cough preparations or other over-the-counter medications to students unless these are supplied from home (and have written parent consent).
These will need to be brought in to the school clinic by the parent or guardian who will complete a “HPISD Medication Form."
Medications must be:
- In the original, properly labeled container (no baggies or envelopes, please!).
- Up to date (check expiration date before bringing it to school), and
- Age appropriate in dosage.
Self Medication: Only high school students will be permitted carry an over the counter remedy (such as a one day dose of Tylenol, Aleve or Midol) and only when accompanied by written parent permission, click here. Medication must be in original container and up to date. Aspirin may not be taken by students under 18 without a doctor’s note.
“Controlled Medications”: Ritalin, Dexedrine, Concerta and Adderral and all other “controlled” (Class II) medications must be brought to the clinic by a parent, guardian or responsible adult. Please do not send these medications to school with your child because of modern safety concerns. All controlled medications are counted by the school nurse and locked in a secure cabinet. All prescription medications must be in the original, properly labeled containers. The pharmacy can supply two (2) labeled bottles for this purpose. Medication sent in baggies or unlabeled containers will not be given.
Inhalers: For students who need to carry their inhalers at school, please complete the Asthma Action Plan form, click here, which must be signed by the student’s physician. We request that a second inhaler be kept in the clinic in the event that the student forgets the inhaler at home. All inhalers must have a label on the inhaler or be sent with the box prescription label.
Epipen: For students who may require the administration of epipen for a life threatening allergy, please complete the LTA documentation, click HERE.
For students with medical exemptions, a physician's note is required yearly.
For students requesting conscience objection of immunization, written request must be submitted to:
Texas Department of Health
Bureau of Immunization and Pharmacy Support
1100 W. 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756
To apply online, please visit https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/affidavit.shtm