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Health Screenings

Health Office Procedures and  Health Screenings
A Note from the Nurse this school year, we will be working with your child at West ISD. We would like to take this opportunity to tell you about some of the health office procedures and policies concerning illness, medications, health concerns, screenings, immunizations and communicable diseases.
Medication Policy:
  • Medication given greater than ten (10) consecutive days requires an approval signature on the medication form from the  physician, and parent/guardian.
  • No medication will be given without a medication dispense form completed by a parent/guardian or health care provider.
  • A new form will need to be completed for each new prescription/medication or a change in dosage.
  • Dispense forms can be obtained from the principal’s office or the nurse.
  • All medications will be kept in the nurse’s office unless otherwise noted by the doctor.
  • All medications must be supplied by the parent/guardian with the following guidelines:
  •  All prescription medications must have a current prescription label with the student’s name on it. 
  • Ask the pharmacy for two (2) labeled medicine containers. One to leave at home and one to take to school if the medication will need to be given at school. 
  • Send enough medication to last for the length of time the doctor prescribed it. For long term medications send no more than two weeks supply. (14 days)
  • If possible ask your doctor to prescribe medication that can be taken three times a day instead of four times a day. This would eliminate the need for bringing medicine to school.
  • Children must remember to come to the office to take their medication. The nurse may not have time to call a student for their medication.
  • All over-the-counter medication must be in their original container, appropriate for the student’s age and the expiration date must be current. 
  • All narcotics counts will be confirmed by the nurse with the parent/guardian.
Lice: Children naturally share personal items such as caps, helmets, combs, brushes, etc. They forget that in sharing these items they may also share head lice. Remind your child not to share personal items. However, in spite of all efforts, students still may get head lice. Clearing up head lice is time consuming and expensive.
  • We will check students’ hair for lice at intervals during the school year and each time a case is reported to the nurse. If head lice is found, your child will be sent home.
  • Check your child’s hair routinely at home.
  • Report any cases of head lice to the nurse that you may find at home.
  • If your child is sent home with lice, shampoo their hair, remove the eggs or nits. They may return to school the next day with proof of treatment. The nurse will check their hair before re-admittance to the classroom.
  • Information is available in the nurse’s office concerning head lice treatment. 

Vision and Hearing Screening

The Vision and Hearing Screening Program at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) works to identify children with vision and hearing disorders who attend any public, private, parochial, denominational school or a Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) licensed child care center and licensed child care home in Texas.


Preschoolers and school children with hearing and vision problems will be identified early and linked to appropriate remedial services. School children will learn about preventive vision and hearing care. 

Vision and hearing screenings are done on PK, K, 1, 3, 5 and 7th grade students during the first semester of each school year. Any student who may be having trouble with their vision or hearing will be screened at any time during the school year after a request is received from the parent/guardian or teacher.

Screening Information and Procedure

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Spinal Screening Program was established by the Texas Legislature to detect abnormal spinal curvature in students. The program is required to adopt rules as mandated by the statute.


School-based spinal screening helps to identify adolescents with abnormal spinal curves and refer them for appropriate follow-up by their primary care physician. Screening can detect scoliosis at an early stage, when the curve is mild and may go unnoticed. Early detection is key to controlling spinal deformities. 


In compliance with Health and Safety Code, Chapter 37, all children shall undergo screening for abnormal spinal curvature in accordance with the following schedule:

  • Girls will be screened two times, once at age 10 (or fall semester of grade 5) and again at age 12 (or fall semester of grade 7).
  • Boys will be screened one time at age 13 or 14 (or fall semester of grade 8).


Immunizations: Texas state law requires all students to be up to date on the required immunizations. Notices will be sent home when immunizations are due. Please send a doctor or clinic validated record to the school nurse when immunizations are received. Students can be excluded from school if the immunizations and record are not received by the due date or by the time allotted by the school district.
Communicable Disease: Please report all communicable diseases to the school nurse so we can prevent the spread of these illnesses. Students will be sent home with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, pink eye, etc. The student needs to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication before returning to school. Please submit a doctor’s note stating the diagnosed illness and proof of treatment with in 72 hours.
Health Problems: Please complete the annual student health history at the beginning of each school year and include any updated health information. We would also appreciate it if you would let us know of about any health problems or pertinent information about your child which might develop during the school year. Severe allergic reactions, major medical conditions and medication changes are of great importance in order for us to give the best care to your child. Emergency contact information is updated each year. Please keep the school informed about your current contact information at home and work in case an EMERGENCY or illness should occur at school.
If we can be of any assistance during the school year, please contact the nurse’s office on your child’s campus