JISD school health services believes that along with parents, community, and school, we will promote normal development of the child through health education and positive attitudes in healthful living by strictly following Texas Department of State Health Services guidelines, which should create an environment for the child that promotes optimal learning.
The district employs full-time LVNs and clinic assistants in each elementary, intermediate, middle school, and high school campus. 3 district RNs rotate to each campus to assist students with all healthcare needs. Fred Douglass Elementary, East Side Elementary, Jacksonville High School and Compass Center do not have a full-time nurse in the clinic.
School Exclusion Criteria
The Jacksonville Independent School District shall operate a program of student health services in compliance with the Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Administrative Code, Title 25 Health Services, Chapter 97, and Health and Safety Code Chapter 81. The district will work with Cherokee County Health Department for any suspected case of a reportable condition.
- Encourage parents to observe children daily for illness or symptoms of contagious disease before sending them to school.
Students with any of the following symptoms must be excluded from school:
- Temperature of 100 degrees. Please keep your child at home until they are fever free for twenty-four hours WITHOUT fever reducing medications.
- Undetermined rash over any part of the body.
- Pain and/or swelling at the angle of the jaw, which could be indicative of mumps.
- Scaly patches on the scalp, which might indicate ringworm.
- Lice: Children will be sent home at the end of the day and may not return until they have been treated and are free of lice.
- Red draining eyes. Children may return to school after permission and/or permit is issued by a physician or local health authority or until symptom free.
- Open, draining lesions.
- Signs of jaundice (yellowing of the skin and/or yellowing of the white portion of the eye).
- Vomiting: A child who has vomited two or more witnessed times in a 24-hour period should remain at home.
- Diarrhea: A child who experiences 3 or more watery stools in a 24-hour period should remain at home until they are diarrhea free for 24 hrs WITHOUT the use of diarrhea suppressing medications.
- It shall be the responsibility of the principal to exclude a student because of health problems. Because of the technical knowledge of the school nurse, a cooperative plan for discharging this duty should be utilized.
- The principal and his/her designee shall notify the student’s parent or guardian that the student is to be excluded for health reasons.
- A student shall be readmitted to school when he or she meets the standards set forth by the city and county health department for contagious disease control or presents a physician’s statement that he is not contagious.
- A school facility administrator might require a note from a parent or health-care provider for readmission regardless of the reason for the absence.
For more information:
If you have any questions or concerns you may call Nicole Fontenot, Director of Health Services, at 903-541-0213 extension 5330