SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES

 

 

 

 

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Diana G. Solis R.N.

School Health Services Director

Phone# 956-716-6637 

Fax# 956-716-6802

dasolis@rgccisd.org

 
1 S Fort Ringgold

Rio Grande City, Texas 78582

 

Welcome to the School Health Services Department!


The School Health Services Department works to provide a safe and secure environment for students and staff through its coordination of health initiatives, screenings and evaluations.

School nurses holistically strengthen and facilitate the educational process by improving and protecting the health status of children and by identification and assistance in the removal or modification of health-related barriers to the learning process for individual children. The major focus of school nursing services is the prevention of illness and disability and the early detection and correction of health problems.

 

 

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The mission of RGCCISD School Health Services is to enhance the health and well being of the students, staff, and community thus supporting the education of all students through maximizing their educational time. 

   

             

       

Health instruction is important in every student-nurse contact.  The goal for this instruction is to prepare students with positive health knowledge which may be used to make responsible decisions concerning the care of self, family, and community.

The school nurse has three key roles in health instruction:

    

     1.  The nurse demontrates his/her expertise by acting as a role model for healthful living for students, staff, and community.

     2.  The nurse assists with classroom instruction in select content area and demonstrates proficiency in health related materials being presented and is  knowledgeable of the district's health curriculum.

     3.  The nurse acts as health consultant and resource to students, staff, and community by formulating working relationships, and providing materials and information to supplement the classroom teacher's curriculum.

                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                      

     

 

 

 

 

        

 

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SCREENINGS:

  • VISION AND HEARING SCREENINGS:

As soon as possible after admission and within a period set by rule, a student required to be screened shall undergo approved screening for vision and hearing disorders and any other special senses and communication disorders specified by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS). Health and Safety Code 36.005(a)

All students enrolled in the District shall be screened for vision and hearing problems in prekindergarten; kindergarten; and first, third, fifth, and seventh grades before May 31 of each year. Upon written request approved by TDSHS, the screening of vision and hearing may instead occur in prekindergarten; kindergarten; and first, second, fourth, and sixth grades. 25 TAC 37.23(d), (f)

Students four years of age and older, who are enrolled in the District for the first time, must be screened for possible vision and hearing problems within 120 calendar days of enrollment. If the student is enrolled within 60 days of the date school closes for the summer, the student must be tested by December 31 of that year. 25 TAC 37.23(e)(1)

  • RISK ASSESSMENT FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES:

As soon as possible after admission and as required by rule, each student required to be assessed shall undergo approved risk assessment for type 2 diabetes. The risk assessment should: 1. Identify students with acanthosis nigricans; and 2. Further assess students identified under paragraph 1 to determine the students’: a. Body mass index; and b. Blood pressure. The risk assessment shall be performed at the same time hearing and vision screening or spinal screening is performed. Health and Safety Code 95.002(d), .003(a)

  • SPINAL SCREENING:

Students in grades 6 and 9 shall be screened for abnormal spinal curvature before the end of the school year. The screening requirement for students entering grades 6 or 9 may be met if the student has been screened for spinal deformities during the previous year. Districts may implement a program that includes screening in grades 5 and 8 in lieu of grades 6 and 9. 25 TAC 37.148(a)–(b)

New students enrolling in grades scheduled for screening (i.e., grades 6 and 9 or 5 and 8), who have no record of having received their scheduled screening(s) shall be screened the year they enroll. Districts shall consider offering a student enrolling in grades 10, 11, or 12 the opportunity for spinal screening if the student has no record of having been screened previously. 25 TAC 37.148(c)

  • EXEMPTION— RELIGIOUS BELIEFS:

The District shall not require a student to be screened if the parent, guardian, managing conservator, or person having legal responsibility for the student’s support submits to the District, on or before the date vision or hearing screening is scheduled, an affidavit in lieu of the record of screening stating that the vision or hearing screening conflicts with the tenets or practices of a church or religious denomination of which the affiant is an adherent or member. Health and Safety Code 36.005(b); 25 TAC 37.23(h)

 

DIABETES MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT PLAN:

The parent or guardian of a student who will seek care for diabetes while at school or while participating in a school activity, and the physician responsible for the student’s diabetes treatment, shall develop a diabetes management and treatment plan (DMTP). The DMTP must: 1. Identify the health-care services the student may receive at school; 2. Evaluate the student’s ability to manage and level of understanding of the student’s diabetes; and 3. Be signed by the parent or guardian and the physician.

  • SUBMISSION TO SCHOOL

The parent or guardian must submit the DMTP to the school, and the school must review the plan: 1. Before or at the beginning of the school year; 2. On enrollment of the student, if the student enrolls after the beginning of the school year; or 3. As soon as practicable following a diagnosis of diabetes for the student. Health and Safety Code 168.002

 

MEDICATIONS:

School nurses are often asked to administer medications as school. To comply with Texas Education Law, the following special procedures are required if a student is to receive medication at school. These regulations help protect all students as well as school personnel.

  • Medication must be delivered directly to the school nurse by an adult.
  • There must be a written order from the doctor indicating the name of the medication, the frequency, and the dosage. This is also true for any over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Motrin, etc.
  • There must be written permission from a parent to give the medication prescribed by the doctor.
  • Please send only what is needed for the length of time that the medication will be given during school hours.
  • The medication will be kept at school. We can not send medication home with a student. It is the responsibility of the parent to pick up any unused medication.
  • The medication must be in a prescription bottle that is properly labeled. If the medication is over-the-counter, it must be in the original bottle.

 

                                                                        

              

 

RGCCISD SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES

1 S FORT RINGGOLD

RIO GRANDE CITY, TEXAS 78582

PHONE # 956-716-6637

FAX# 956-716-6802

CONFIDENTIALITY MUST BE UPHELD WHEN TALKING TO OTHER PARENTS OR OUTSIDE PERSONS. INFORMATION ABOUT STUDENTS AND FAMILY IS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. REV. 08/16