GPISD Health Services Newsletter
September 08, 2021
Hello parents of GPISD! We hope you all had a safe and great summer! We are excited to be back with ALL our students for in-person learning and to continue to serve our families within the community.
PARENTS, YOU ARE THE FIRST STEP IN REDUCING THE SPREAD OF ANY ILLNESS AT SCHOOL. PLEASE CHECK IN WITH YOUR CHILD EACH MORNING FOR SIGNS/SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS. IF YOUR CHILD HAS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS, PLEASE KEEP THEM HOME:
- Fever—an oral temperature of 100.0 degrees or greater. All students must be fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication before returning to school.
- Vomiting—(no related to a single event such as gagging, positioning, mucus, running after eating, or eating spicy food) All students must be free from vomiting for 24 hours without aid of any medications before returning to school.
- Diarrhea—(two or more loose, watery stools) All students must be free from diarrhea for 24 hours without aid of any medication before returning to school.
- Rash—localized rash causing acute discomfort (pain or itching) or systemic rash of undetermined origin as a sign of possible illness
- Live Head Lice—students must be rechecked after treatment and issued a note to re-enter class.
- Pink eye or purulent conjunctivitis—(defined as pink or red conjunctiva with white or yellow eye discharge) The student must receive treatment for 24 hours before returning to school or provide a note from health care provider stating that the condition is not contagious, and the student may return to school.
- Communicable disease—signs or symptoms of a communicable disease that cannot be contained at school (examples: COVID, influenza, chicken pox, pertussis, etc.)
If your student has a contagious bacterial infection, he/she should stay home until the antibiotic has been given for at least 24 hours and your health care provide has given permission for your child to return to school. We encourage you to seek medical attention when your child is sick and always follow your health care provider’s recommendations about returning to school and other activities.
Parents, if you are contacted to pick up an ill child from school please make every attempt to do so within 30 minutes.
We would also like to remind you of the importance of following GPISD COVID safety protocols. You may find the Screening & Health protocols using the following link: https://www.gpisd.org/Page/49592. The General Safety protocols for GPISD can be found using the following link: https://www.gpisd.org/Page/48530.
- Please make sure your student's vaccines are up to date so that your student can remain enrolled.
- Please be sure to provide your campus school nurse with the most up to date immunization record for your student.
- Immunizations for Children from birth to 6 years old
- Immunizations for Children from 7 through 18 years old
School Clinics no longer stores extra clothes! Please view recommendations listed below.
- Rainy days: Wear water resistant shoes, non-slip shoes to avoid falls and injuries. If your student walks to school, pack an extra outfit to change into in the event they are caught in a storm on their commute to school.
- Hot/Cold days:
o When temperature permits, student can attend outdoor recess.
o For some campuses, students are taken outside for dismissal.
o For some campuses, students are taken outside for dismissal and not allowed to re-enter the building once they exit.
o Please dress your student accordingly.
- Grades K-2: The younger students tend to spill and soil clothes often. GPISD highly encourages you to keep an extra pair of clothes including socks in your student’s backpack.
- If your student is experiencing their menstrual cycle, we encourage carrying a hygiene product kit along with an extra pair of pants and undergarments.
COMING TO A GPISD CAMPUS NEAR YOU...
WELCOME UTA NURSING STUDENTS!
Nursing students from the University of Texas at Arlington will be on some of our campuses learning from our GPISD nurses beginning September 7th. This is part of their nursing program that includes population and community health nursing. The nursing process will be applied to a community by assessing, planning and evaluating health care needs of population aggregates, communities, and society. The nursing program at UTA wants the students to get an understanding of the health needs of the populations they serve and of the resources and characteristics of the communities they live in. The students will also focus on the impact of culture, socioeconomic status, lifestyle, environment, and violence on the health of the community and healthcare access.
The Texas Department of State Health Services requires students in certain grade levels to be
screened for Hearing, Vision, Type II Diabetes, and Scoliosis. Because of this state law we are
required to conduct these screenings during the 2021-2022 school year. There will be more information to come from GPISD Health Services and your campus school nurse.