Nurse News

Important Notes from Nurse Allen

Dear Parents,

As we plan for the upcoming return to school, I wanted to share some important information with you regarding medications at school and screening your child for Covid-19 symptoms and when to keep your child home from school.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Medications at School

Medications that must be given during school hours are to be checked in to the school clinic and require a medication authorization form signed by the parent.

Blank forms can be found here: Medication Authorization Form

Emergency medications such as Epipens, Asthma inhalers, Diabetes and Seizure medications may require additional Action Plans. Please contact me for more information on required emergency forms. District Health Forms can also be found here.

Medication Drop-Off:

Due to Covid-19 procedures, we must try to minimize visitors as much as possible. To avoid long wait times, please drop off any medications and forms before the first day of school during the following times:

Friday September 4 from 8am to 3pm

Tuesday September 8 from 1pm to 4pm

or e-mail Nurse Allen to set-up alternate arrangements.

Medications will also be accepted after the first day of school.

We appreciate your flexibility during this time!

Tips for a Healthy School Day

Here are some ideas to help your child have a great day at school:

  • Pack a spill-proof water bottle
  • Pack a healthy snack that is easy to open & eat in the classroom
  • Pack a change of clothes - accidents & spills are common at all ages!
  • Encourage hand washing and use of hand sanitizer
  • Help them practice wearing their mask, and taking it on & off
  • Familiarize yourself with the guidelines below for Covid-19 screening
  • Keep your child home when they are experiencing symptoms of illness

Keep a Change of Clothes for Spills & Splashes

Big picture


How do I screen my child for symptoms of Covid-19?

Parents are requested to notify the campus when their student will be absent because the student is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Parents are also urged to notify the campus if their student tests positive for COVID-19.

Please monitor your child daily for the following.

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body ache

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Please review the information below regarding when to keep your child home from school if they develop symptoms of Covid-19 or other illness.

If you or your child have, or suspect you have had contact with someone who has Covid-19, call your healthcare provider immediately and describe the contact. Please stay home for 14 days after contact occurs. Plano ISD will work with each family or staff member impacted during any extended absence due to self-quarantine.


When Should I Keep My Child Home for Illness?

A student with any of the following symptoms must be excluded from school until such time as the student is free of symptoms, has been satisfactorily treated or submits a signed physician’s statement that he/she is not contagious. Please note: students with symptoms likely to be Covid-19 or that have been diagnosed with Covid-19 will adhere to the return to school requirements specific to Covid-19 symptoms as detailed below.

  1. Temperature of 100.0 degrees or more without other symptoms. Student must be fever free for 24 hours, without requiring the use of fever-reducing medication, before re-entry.
  2. Undetermined rash over any part of the body accompanied by fever.
  3. Undiagnosed scaly patches on the body or scalp.
  4. Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Student must be symptom free for 24 hours, without medication, before re-entry.
  5. Red, draining eyes.
  6. Intense itching with signs and symptoms of secondary infection.
  7. Open, draining lesions that cannot be contained in a clean, dry bandage.
  8. Symptoms likely to be Covid-19: at least two of the following symptoms: fever/chills, fatigue, body/muscle aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea or at least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
  • Quarantine Period for symptoms likely to be Covid-19: The individual may return to school/work when fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset OR until the individual receives a negative PCR or antigen test OR until the individual receives a doctor's note indicating an alternative diagnosis for the symptoms and releasing the individual to return to school/work.
  • Quarantine Period for Confirmed Covid-19: The individual may return to school/work when fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset AND symptoms have improved.
Big picture
Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019