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Cowan Health Office (512)841-2729

Linda Horton SHA

The school has a health team consisting of a Registered Nurse (RN) and a School Health Assistant (SHA), who will assist your child with illness, injuries, and chronic medical conditions at school. The health team is assigned to more than one school, so the RN and SHA have alternating regularly scheduled hours at each campus. If your child has a chronic condition, such as asthma, seizure disorder, diabetes, or anaphylaxis, please consult with the RN to develop a plan of care for the student.

MEDICATION AT SCHOOL

The health office does not have any stock medications. If medication will need to be administered at school, please accompany your child to school with the medication to complete the necessary authorization forms. All medication must be in the original, labeled container. Please do not send single pills in a plastic baggie to school. Prescription medication must have the prescription label with the child’s name, prescribing physician, dosing instructions, and current date. Over-the-counter medicine must be in the original, labeled container, and the dose must be age-appropriate. When the medication is no longer needed at school, it must be picked up by an adult. The health team is not allowed to send medication home with the student. Only asthma inhalers, with parent permission, will be sent home with the student.

General guidelines that the health team follows: It is extremely important for the health team to be able to contact the parent in the event of illness or injury at school. Please make sure all current contact phone numbers and emergency contacts are updated, not only with the teacher but with the main office as well.

  • Fever of 100 or greater will require that you pick your child up from school. The child needs to be fever-free without using any fever-reducing medicine before returning to school. If your child has a fever at home, please do not give them a fever-reducing medicine and send them to school. Non-aspirin products should be used to control fever because of the threat of Reyes Syndrome.
  • Coughing and sneezing spread germs. Please teach your child to cover his/her mouth and nose with their shirt or arm when coughing or sneezing, then follow with good hand washing.
  • If your child is vomiting due to illness, he/she needs to be kept at home. If the vomiting begins at school, you will be asked to pick up your child if the vomiting is thought to be contagious. If your child has fever and continues to vomit, please call your doctor.
  • Diarrhea, frequent, loose bowel movements, may be accompanied with fever and/or cramps, and it may follow an episode of vomiting. If your child has two or more loose bowel movements at school, you will be asked to pick him/her up. Your child will need to remain at home until 24 hours after the diarrhea has stopped. If your child has blood in the bowel movement, fever, or does not seem to be getting better, please call your doctor.
  • Eye Infections: often called Pink eye, a red eye with a yellow or green discharge may be caused by a viral or bacterial infection. It usually lasts 4-7 days. The infection is easily spread from one person to another, so frequent hand washing is the most important thing to control the spread of infection. A child with an eye infection should remain at home until the discharge is gone or you have a note from your doctor stating that the child may return to school.
  • All students identified with live lice will be sent home at the end of the school day after contacting parent/guardian. Parent/guardian will be advised to treat their child for head lice. The name of the treatment product must be provided to the school. After the child has received treatment, the student can return to school. If only nits, lice eggs, are present, you will be notified with suggestions for resolving the problem. Please check your child’s head at least weekly for signs of lice.

ATTENDANCE

Children’s educational success depends upon their regular and consistent attendance at school. Please do not send your child to school sick. The best treatment for minor illness is at home. Keep your child at home if there is fever of 100 degrees or more. Please call the school office to report the absence. This assists with tracking what illnesses are being reported to the school.

DIET

Assist your child in staying healthy by encouraging him/her to eat a balanced diet from all the different food groups; remember that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast provides the needed energy fuel to begin the day and is available at most schools.

Drinking water is very important also. Too little water can lead to dehydration and the following symptoms: fatigue, headache, dry mouth, muscle weakness, dizziness and lightheadedness.

These symptoms interfere with the learning process and prevent students from performing at their best. How much water should my child drink in a 24 hour period?

  • 1 - 3 years about 4 cups
  • 4 - 8 years about 5 cups
  • 9-13 years about 8 cups for boys and about 7 cups for girls
  • 14-18 years about 11 cups for boys and about 8 cups for girls

REST

A healthy child also needs to be well rested. If a child is not sleeping enough or not sleeping well, it can lead to poor concentration and the difficulty completing tasks or making decisions. Other effects of too little sleep include: changes in behavior and mood, decreased glucose metabolism, lowered immune system and becoming accident prone.

How much sleep does my child need?

Children 4-11 years old need approximately 10-12 hours of sleep

Children over 11 years old need approximately 8-10 hours