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Please click on the topics below which provide important information on a variety of topics concerning your child’s health both at Buckalew and at home.
Students enrolling in school must provide a validated record from a physician or health clinic for the following immunizations:
POLIO:Â 4 doses are required unless the 3rd dose is received on or after the 4th birthday.
DTap/DTP:Â 5 doses are required. 4 doses will meet the requirement if the 4th dose was given after the 4th birthday.
MMR (Measels, Mumps, Rubella):Â 2 doses are required. The initial dose must be on or after the 1st birthday.
Varicella:Â 2 doses are required. The initial dose must be on or after the 1st birthday. Students who have had the Chicken Pox virus do not need the vaccine, but the parent must provide the approximate date of the illness.
Hepatitis B:Â This is a series of 3 separate shots that takes a minimum of 4 months to complete.
Hepatitis A:Â This is a 2 dose series, with a 6 month interval between shots to complete the series.
(HIB and Pneumococcal immunizations are required for students under the age of 5)
Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grades K-12:
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(Taken from the Student Handbook: Conroe ISD Student Health Guidelines):
A “Student Health Information” form is sent home with your child every year. It is very important that you complete and return the form immediately – and that you keep it updated as needed. This form gives you the opportunity to list any medical conditions, allergies, medications and concerns that you may have. It also includes emergency information for the clinic staff such as contact numbers.
Illness at school is evaluated by the clinic staff. A child who demonstrates the following symptoms will be sent home from school:
1. Fever of 100 degrees or more
2. Suspected contagious conditions or diseases
3. Vomiting or diarrhea
4. Severe stomachache, headache, or earache.
5. A child who is too ill to function in the classroom
Your student should remain at home until he/she is fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine and free of diarrhea without anti-diarrhea medicine for 24 hours.
Encourage your child to wash their hands thoroughly and often.
Crutches and wheelchairs: Students who require the temporary use of crutches or a wheelchair at school must have an order from their doctor.
(Taken from the Student Handbook: Conroe ISD Student Health Guidelines):
The school must receive a written, dated request from the parent or legal guardian to administer any medications. This permission must include the name of the drug, the exact dosage, and reason or purpose the student is to receive the medication. Prescription and non -prescription drugs must be in the original container and properly labeled. Medications given at school must be approved by the Federal Drug Administration.The Surgeon General, the Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Disease Control have recommended that due to the increased risk of developing “Reye’s Syndrome”, aspirin or products containing aspirin not be given to children under 18 years of age.
Please keep in mind:
- In the interest of safety for all students, medications cannot be transported to or from school on the school bus. All medication should be brought to school by a parent/legal guardian.
- A medication permission form must be completed by the parent prior to administration of any medication.
- Prescription medication must be in the original container labeled with the students name, dosage, and administration instructions. Some pharmacies will provide a second container for school use. Please ask your pharmacist at the time you fill the prescription.
- Non-prescription medication must also be in the original container, comply with the administration instructions on the label, and be appropriately utilized.
- Medications will not be returned with student. An authorized adult can pick up medication at the school clinic. Any medication not picked up at the end of current school year will be disposed of prior to Summer break.
- All medication must be kept in the clinic during the school day.
Please see the Student Handbook for other guidelines regarding medication at school.
Each Fall, vision and hearing screening is done for Buckalew students. A referral letter will be sent home with the student if he/she fails either the vision or the hearing screenings.
The goal of the school district is to support families in their efforts to control and eliminate head lice while maintaining student privacy.
Do you think you have a sick child? Should your child go to school or not?
Here is expert advice.
By Jeanie Lerche Davis
Reviewed by Jonathan L Gelfand, MD
A little sniffle. A slight cough. “I don’t feel good,” says your child. But how do you
really know: Should this kid stay home, or go to school?
With cold symptoms, fever (or lack of it) helps determine the answer, says
Steven Parker, MD, director of the division of behavioral and developmental
pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, and an expert moderator for WebMD’s
“If there’s no fever, it’s generally OK to send the child to school,” Parker tells
WebMD. “It’s likely a cold, and school is probably where your child got it in the
first place. If your child feels pretty good otherwise, then it’s fine to send the child
But when in doubt, Parker says you should always call your pediatric provider for
Also, if your child frequently claims to be “sick” but is fine on weekends, that’s a
sign of other issues. “There may be trouble at school,” he notes.
Symptom by symptom, here are Parker’s guidelines to help you decide whether
your child should stay home from school:
If your child’s temperature is 100.0 degrees or higher, keep your child at home.
While at home, encourage your child to drink plenty of liquids. Your child should
be fever-free for 24 hours (without medicine) before returning to school.
Mild Cough/Runny Nose
If there’s no fever, and the child feels fairly good, school is fine.
Bad Cough/Cold Symptoms
Children with bad coughs need to stay home, and possibly see a doctor. It could
be a severe cold or possibly bronchitis, flu, or pneumonia. But when the cough
improves, and the child is feeling better, then it’s back to school. Don’t wait for
the cough to disappear entirely — that could take a week or longer!
Diarrhea or Vomiting
Keep your child home until the illness is over, and for 24 hours after the last
episode (without medicine).
A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be
strep throat even if there is no fever. Other symptoms of strep throat in children
are headache and stomach upset. Keep your child home from school, and
contact a doctor. Your child needs a special test to determine if it is strep throat.
He or she can return to school 24 hours after antibiotic treatment begins.
The child needs to see a doctor.
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
Keep the child home until a doctor has given the OK to return to school. Pink eye
is highly contagious and most cases are caused by a virus, which will not
respond to an antibiotic. Bacterial conjunctivitis will require an antibiotic; your
doctor will be able to determine if this is the case.
Children with a skin rash should see a doctor, as this could be one of several
infectious diseases. One possibility is impetigo, a bacterial skin infection that is
very contagious and requires antibiotic treatment. Also, fifth disease is a
contagious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes; it’s no longer contagious
by the time rash appears