Our students are our most valuable resource. To that end, the district provides nurses at each campus. The nurses' goal is to promote the optimum health of students and the students' abilities to achieve their individual educational goals.
Each nurse monitors required immunizations, mandated health screenings, and maintains communication with parents, when needed. Please use the tabs below to learn more about Rockdale ISD School Health services.
Senate Bill 530 requires that the FITNESSGRAM physical fitness assessment be administered to all students in grades 3-12 by the end of the 2007-08 school year. FITNESSGRAM is a health-related fitness assessment developed by The Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research - it utilizes research-based criterion referenced tests.
The fitness assessment mandate requires that each child undergo a series of fitness tests that involve aerobic capacity, muscular strength/endurance, flexibility and body composition. This is a means to access the child's health using systematic methods and is designed for the child's benefit. If you have any concerns about your child's existing medical condition, you can contact the school nurse.
RISD considers FITNESSGRAM a quality assessment for three reasons:
1. FITNESSGRAM establishes a baseline of a healthy fitness zone from which students can set goals and check their progress (non-competitive) to plan for lifelong physical activity and to maintain and improve their fitness level. Health-related fitness assessment measures the students' aerobic capacity, muscular strength/endurance, flexibility and body composition.
2. FITNESSGRAM provides recommended activity program options that will help students reach healthy fitness zones in those areas where they need to improve.
3. FITNESSGRAM does not place an emphasis on skill or sports-related fitness such as speed measured by an individual's 40 yard dash time. It does not compare students to other students.
FITNESSGRAM program assesses all students regardless of age, gender, or ability. Students are encouraged to be self-aware of health-related fitness and take responsibility by setting personal fitness goals. When students focus on the process of doing their personal best, a more positive lifelong impact is achieved.
On fitness assessment test days, it is highly recommend that your child wear athletic shorts, a t-shirt, socks, and tennis shoes underneath an appropriate warm-up suit (jacket and pants) or underneath standardized dress. If your child forgets proper testing attire, he/she will proceed with the fitness test in standardized dress.
[Fitness assessment days will vary from campus to campus; please contact physical education teacher at your child's school for more information]
RISD believes by providing you and your child with this health-related fitness information, you can lead your child toward a healthy lifestyle. A healthy student is better prepared to learn and perform in all aspects of life.
If you have any questions about the FITNESSGRAM Assessment, please refer to: FitnessGram
The school health staff will perform the following mandated screenings. If you do not wish the school health staff to perform the screenings, you may substitute a professional examination by a health care provider of your choice.
The results of these screenings may indicate that your child may need diagnostic evaluation beyond the school capabilities. Referrals to physicians are made as needed.
Vision and Hearing Screening
Scoliosis (spinal) Screening
ImmTrac, the Texas Immunization Registry, is a no-cost service offered by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). It is a secure and confidential registry available to all Texans. ImmTrac safely consolidates and stores immunization information from multiple sources electronically in one centralized system. Texas law requires written consent for ImmTrac participation and limits access to the registry to only those individuals who have been authorized by law. ImmTrac contains over 120 million immunization records and continues to rapidly grow with increased participation.
The immunization information in ImmTrac is provided by a variety of sources, including private health-care providers, pharmacies, public health clinics, Medicaid claims administrators, and the Vital Statistics Unit (VSU). Regardless of the number of sources, each client's immunization information is consolidated into one electronic record. Authorized professionals such as doctors, nurses, and public health providers can access clients' vaccination histories.
IMPORTANT: You may have registered in the past for your child's immunization records to be included in the ImmTrac registry. Texas law requires written consent for participation. When your child reaches the age of 18, a new consent form must be signed for the immunization records to remain in the ImmTrac registry. The Consent Form must be signed by the student and the student must be 18 years old. Without consent, the student's immunization records will not remain in the ImmTrac registry.
The completed form can be given to the school nurse or the Milam County Health Department.
TEXAS IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
Texas law requires all students to be immunized against certain diseases. A student shall show acceptable evidence of vaccination prior to entry into Rockdale ISD. The Milam County Health Department and Rockdale ISD require all new students to answer a TB questionnaire.
For more information about these vaccine-preventable diseases, you may read more from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Request for Exemption from Immunization Requirements: For medical contraindications, a written statement from the child's physician must be submitted to the school nurse. For reasons of conscience, including religious beliefs, a notarized affidavit must be submitted to the school nurse.
MEDICINE AT SCHOOL
Any prescription or over the counter medication that must be administered during school hours should be accompanied by a written request from a parent/guardian. For student safety, all medications should be transported to and from school by a parent/guardian. All medications must be in their original, properly-labeled container.
MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
A Medication Permission Slip must be signed by the parent/guardian. It can be obtained from the school nurse or by clicking the link on this page.
ASTHMA ACTION PLAN
If the medication is to be used for asthma, an Asthma Action Plan must be completed and signed by the student's physician and submitted with the medication.
The 77th Texas Legislature enacted House Bill 1688, which amends the Education Code to entitle a student with asthma to possess and self-administer prescription asthma medication while on school property or at a school-related event or activity. The bill specified the conditions under which a student is entitled to possess and self-administer asthma medication. If a physician feels it is medically necessary for a student with asthma to carry and self-administer prescription asthma medication, the student must have on file in the school nurse's office an Asthma Action Plan form provided by the State of Texas. This form can be obtained from the school nurse. The Asthma Action Plan must be filled out each year by the student's prescribing physician and must be signed by both the prescribing physician and the parent.
ANAPHYLAXIS ACTION PLAN
If the medication is to be used for anaphylaxis, an Anaphylaxis Action Plan must be completed and signed by the student's physician and submitted with the medication.
SEIZURE ACTION PLAN
If the medication is to be used for seizures, a Seizure Action Plan must be completed and signed by the student's physician and submitted with the medication.
RESTRICTIONS TO PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Parents/guardians are required to send a note for students who will not be participating in physical education classes due to an illness or injury. This note will be accepted for up to three consecutive days. Longer non-participation will require a physician's written excuse.
What is meningitis?
Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord---also called the meninges. It can be caused by viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria. Viral (aseptic) meningitis is common; most people recover fully. Medical management of viral meningitis consists of supportive treatment and there is usually no indication for the use of antibiotics. Parasitic and fungal meningitis are very rare. Bacterial meningitis is very serious and may involve complicated medical, surgical, pharmaceutical, and life support management.
There are two common types of bacteria that cause meningitis:
Strep pneumoniae causes pneumococcal meningitis; there are over 80 subtypes that cause illness
Neisseria meningitidis-meningococcal meningitis; there are 5 subtypes that cause serious illness-A, B, C, Y, W-135
What are the symptoms?
Someone with meningitis will become very ill. The illness may develop over one or two days, but it can also rapidly progress in a matter of hours. Not everyone with meningitis will have the same symptoms.
Children (over 1 year old) and adults with meningitis may have:
- Severe headache
- High temperature
- Sensitivity to bright lights
- Neck stiffness, joint pains
- Drowsiness or confusion
*In both children and adults, there may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots or bruises caused by bleeding under the skin. These can occur anywhere on the body. They are a sign of blood poisoning (septicemia), which sometimes happens with meningitis, particularly the meningococcal strain.
How serious is bacterial meningitis?
If it is diagnosed early and treated promptly, the majority of people make a complete recovery. In some cases it can be fatal or a person may be left with a permanent disability, such as deafness, blindness, amputations or brain damage (resulting in mental retardation or paralysis) even with prompt treatment.
How is bacterial meningitis spread?
Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as diseases like the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been. The germs live naturally in the back of our noses and throats, but they do not live for long outside the body. They are spread when people exchange saliva (such as by kissing; sharing drinking containers, utensils, or cigarettes).
The germ does not cause meningitis in most people. Instead, most people become carriers of the germ for days, weeks or even months. Being a carrier helps to stimulate your body's natural defense system.
The bacteria rarely overcomes the body's immune system and causes meningitis or another serious illness.
What is the risk of getting bacterial meningitis?
The risk of getting bacterial meningitis in all age groups is about 2.4 cases per 100,000 population per year. However, the highest risk group for the most serious form of the disease, meningococcal meningitis, is highest among children 2 to 18 years old.
How is bacterial meningitis diagnosed?
The diagnosis is usually based on a combination of clinical symptoms and laboratory results from spinal fluid and blood. Spinal fluid is obtained by a lumbar puncture (spinal tap).
How can bacterial meningitis be prevented?
Do not share food, drinks, utensils, toothbrushes, or cigarettes. Limit the number of persons you kiss.
Vaccines against pneumococcal disease are recommended both for young children and adults over 64. A vaccine against four meningococcal serogroups (A, C, Y, W-135) is available. These four groups cause the majority of meningococcal cases in the United States. This vaccine is recommended by some groups for college students, particularly freshmen living in dorms or residence halls. The vaccine is safe and effective (85-90%). It can cause mild side effects, such as redness and pain at the injection site lasting up to two days. Immunity develops within 7 to 10 days after the vaccine is given and lasts for up to 5 years.
What you should do if you think you or a friend might have bacterial meningitis?
Seek prompt medical attention.
For more information contact your school nurse, family doctor and the staff at your local or regional health department office are excellent sources for information on all communicable diseases. You may also call your local health department or Regional Texas Department of Health office to ask about meningococcal vaccine.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information about meningitis from the CDC
- Texas Department of State Health Services
Information about Meningitis from the Texas DSHS
To protect all children from communicable illnesses, students infected with certain diseases are not allowed to attend school while they are contagious. Students should be symptom-free before returning to school. This includes being free of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 hours without the use of medications.
Other sources of information:
Clean Hands - A Critical Issue
Protect yourself and your children from infection. Use the hand hygiene guidelines below, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent or reduce the rate of infection. These simple guidelines can be easily adapted to the school environment and carried through in the home environment.
Recommended Hand Hygiene Techniques
- Alcohol-based hand rubs/gels - Application is the key. Apply to palm of one hand. Rub hands together covering all surfaces until dry. The volume used is based on the manufacturer. Let it dry!
- Hand-washing - Wet hands with water, apply soap, and rub hands together for at least 15 seconds. Rinse and dry with disposable towel. Use towel to turn off the faucet.
Hand hygiene for yourself and your children should occur:
- Upon arrival at school
- Immediately before and after eating
- After using the toilet
- After contacting any body fluids, including wet or soiled diapers, runny noses, spit, or vomit
- After handling pets, pet cages, or other pet objects
- Whenever hands are visibly dirty or after cleaning
- After removing gloves used for any purpose
- Before giving or applying medication or ointment
- Before going home
The CDC has developed and is promoting hand hygiene guidelines (hand washing or use of alcohol-based hand rubs) to terminate outbreaks in health care facilities, to reduce transmission of antimicrobial-resistant organisms such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and to reduce overall infection rates
Hand washing with soap and water remains a sensible strategy for hand hygiene. However, most people wash their hands for limited time periods, and often fail to cover all surfaces of their hands and fingers. If done incorrectly, hand washing has little or no effect.
Current scientific findings by the CDC indicate that alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of microorganisms on the skin. These alcohol-based products are more effective than soap or antimicrobial soaps. They are fast-acting and cause less skin irritation. Products such as instant hand sanitizers with alcohol solutions containing 60%-95% alcohol are most effective. Using higher concentrations was found to be less potent. Commonly purchased over the counter products usually have a 62% ethyl alcohol active ingredient.
Alcohol-based products are not appropriate for use when hands are visibly dirty or contaminated with proteinaceous materials (e.g., blood). However, when relatively small amounts are present, ethanol and isopropanol may reduce viable bacterial counts on hands more than plain soap or antimicrobial soap.
Washing hands with soap and water after each use of an alcohol-based hand rub is not necessary and is not recommended because it may lead to dermatitis. However, because you may feel a build-up on your hands after repeated use of alcohol-based hand rubs, washing hands with soap and water after 5-10 applications has been recommended by certain manufacturers.
Head lice have become more and more of a problem over the last few years. Control of head lice depends on prompt diagnosis and effective treatment. Your help in inspecting your child at least weekly throughout the school year for the presence of head lice would be greatly appreciated.
We suggest the following procedure for inspecting your child for head lice:
- Under bright light begin looking at the back of the head just above the neck area.
- Part the hair section by section and look closely for head lice or nits (eggs). Eggs will usually be located near the scalp.
- Depending on the length and thickness of the hair, it should take between 5 and 15 minutes to properly inspect a child's head.
If you suspect your child is infested with head lice, please notify the school nurse. In addition, the entire family should be inspected for head lice as well. For information on how to treat your child's head lice infestation consult your family physician, a local pharmacist, or feel free to contact your child's school nurse for recommendations.
When live bugs are found on a child's head at school, the child will be removed from class and the parent will be notified to come get the child for treatment. Students must be checked by the school nurse before returning to class.
Students who have evidence of head lice for three consecutive days or live lice greater than two times within 3 months will require additional action to return to school. A separate letter will be sent in those situations.
Lice Parent Letter