Monday, September 17, 2018

Message from MISD Health Services regarding fall illnesses

Message From MISD Health Services:

We would like to remind all parents of the importance of keeping sick children home. Recently we have had many students out with Strep Throat, a stomach virus, and a few with the FLU. When a student comes to school ill, he/she can spread illness by coughing, touching his/her nose/mouth and then touching objects that other students come in contact with.

Remember that fever is not the only sign of true illness and that fever is usually a late sign of an illness, or an illness that is progressing.

If your child is out sick remember to always send in a note from the medical provider or a parent note.

MISD Health policies are in place to help insure a healthy school where students can learn and grow. Please take a moment to review the exclusions that are listed below.

Guidelines for Returning to School after an Illness


In order to minimize the number of children that are ill, we ask you to please consider the following guidelines when making your decision to let your child attend school or return to school after an illness.

A student with any of the following symptoms must be excluded from school until such time as the student is free from symptoms.

·         Temperature of 100.0 degrees or more. Student must be fever free for 24 hours, without medication, before re-entry (Texas Administrative Code)
·         Vomiting (not related to a single event such as gagging, positioning, mucus, running after eating, or eating spicy food) Student must be symptom free for
24 hours, without medication before reentry.
·         Diarrhea, of two or more loose or watery stools; all student
       must be diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of medications before 
       re- entry (Texas Administrative Code).
·         Pain and/or swelling at angle of jaw
·         Undetermined rash over any part of the body accompanied by fever
·         Under diagnosed scaly patches on the body or scalp
·         Red, draining eyes
·         Intense itching with signs and symptoms of secondary infection
·         Open, draining lesions or wounds
·         Jaundice
·         See McKinney ISD Lice guidelines
A vaccine preventable illness in question will require a physician's note for re- entry (pertussis,  mumps, measles, etc.).
         For any infection, antibiotics must be taken for a minimum of 24 hours prior to re-entry to school.

These guidelines have been designed to give your child adequate time to recover, as well as keep the majority of the students, faculty and staff as healthy as possible.

Hand Washing


Hand washing is one of the easiest and best ways to prevent the spread of disease. Direct contamination of your mucus membranes (eyes, nose and/or mouth) is how many infectious diseases enter your body. So let's work together to decrease the risk of contracting and spreading illnesses by following these three simple rules:

·         Wash your hands when they are dirty and before you eat.
·         Do not cough or sneeze into your hands (use your sleeve, elbow or shoulder
instead).
·         Never put fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth.

Remember...you are responsible for keeping yourself healthy!! Be as nice to yourself as you are to others.
Message from MISD Health Services

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Clinic website links and please share medical information when needed!


We are so happy to have our students back in the building!
We had a great first week and we hope the students and families all enjoyed their first week as well.
Please remember to call, email or reach out to us if your student has special medical needs that we need to know about. 
We would love to hear from you about any health issues your students might have. We are in the process of going through all of the health forms- but with the large number of students- it is important for you to reach out to us with any specific important medical information or emergency plans. the new registration system Infosnap should have given you a link to forms if you answered yes to major health issues when registering your student. 
For those of you who need inhalers as needed- please just complete the self-carry inhaler form and turn it in to us in the clinic or scan and email it to me at nwarren@mckinneyisd.net. We want your student to have the inhaler when needed- we just need that documentation.
Clinic website:

McKinney ISD Health Services website:





If your student needs medication while at school, please bring it into the clinic in the original containers and complete the permission form(S). Our forms are available online on our website or the McKinney ISD health service website.
thank you to all of the parents that have already been in communication with us and/or have brought in emergency plans and medications. 
We look forward to a great year!



Nichole Warren RN
McKinney Boyd High
School Nurse
Clinic A102
469-302-3414 phone
469-302-3567 fax



Monday, July 30, 2018

Welcome back- invitation to visit clinic and drop off forms and meds Week of August 13th

Hello!
I hope you all are having a wonderful summer! Our clinic staff will be back in the clinic and ready to see our Bronco family soon. I would like to invite Bronco parents to the clinic to bring in any medications and forms needed for school during the week of August 13th the week before school starts. We will be able to take a little more time to speak with you and answer any questions you may have. We will be in the clinic during school hours with a break for lunch so please give a call before coming if you are on a time crunch and want to stop by around lunch time. We also have some school meetings during this week- so please call or email me to make sure you do not come when we are in a staff meeting. I will be on campus August 9 and 10th attending campus meetings and can answer emails to set up times for meetings for the week of Aug 13th.
Please see the school health website or the McKinney ISD Health pages website if you need to download any of the MISD health forms for medications or health plans.
We look forward to being back and seeing all of our Bronco family!
Nichole Warren RN
nwarren@mckinneyisd.net


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Happy Summer- protect yourself in the sun!


Protect your skin in the sun!
It is getting hot and we all like to be in the sun and play- but make sure you keep covered and wear sunscreen to protect yourself from skin cancer.

Choose Sun-Safety Strategies that Work Broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher is important, but it shouldn’t be your only defense against the sun. For the best protection, use shade, clothing, a hat with a wide brim, and sunglasses, as well as sunscreen. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT CDC’S SUN SAFETY WEBSITE:  https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/sun-safety.htm


Have a wonderful summer!





Monday, May 14, 2018

May is Mental Health Awareness month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month


We live lives full of stress- please make sure you are taking time not only to keep yourself physically healthy but also mentally healthy.

Mental Health America has a great website with many tools and information on mental health. While I am not able to attach all of the information  here- please take a minute to check out the website and learn more:

About Mental Health America

Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it, with recovery as the goal. Much of our current work is guided by the Before Stage 4 (B4Stage4) philosophy – that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process. 
http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/

Also, we have a great resource in Collin County with a local chapter of NAMI_-National Alliance for Mental Health 
https://www.nami.org/Local-NAMI/Details?state=TX&local=97a69fdf-8adf-424d-a2ba-61f908426db3






Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Meningocococcal Awareness Day April 24th- please see additional earlier post for recommended booster for seniors /college students

Meningococcal Disease Statistics and Disease Facts

·         Approximately 600 – 1,000 people contract meningococcal disease in the U.S. each year.*
·         Of those who get meningococcal disease 10-15 percent die.
·         Among those who survive, approximately 1 in 5 live with permanent disabilities, such as brain damage, hearing loss, loss of kidney function or limb amputations.
·         21 percent of all meningococcal disease cases occur in preteens, teens and young adults ages 11–24.
·         1 in 5 U.S. teens have not yet received their first dose of the meningococcal vaccination against serogroups A, C, W and Y and remain unprotected.
·         Less than one-third of first dose recipients have received the recommended booster dose.
·         Many teens have not received the meningococcal serogroup B vaccine since it was just permissively recommended by CDC in 2015.
What are the symptoms? - NMA
http://www.nmaus.org/disease-prevention-information/what-are-the-symptoms/

symptoms-venn-diagram

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Social Media, Substance Use and Internet Safety Presentation this Thursday

Social Media, Substance Use and Internet Safety Parents and community members are invited to attend a panel discussion at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 12 in the Auditorium of McKinney North High School . The forum will feature guest speakers who will offer their expertise in the areas of social media, various apps to watch out for, and guidance on taking control of technology use in the home.

Who: McKinney ISD
What: Internet Safety
When: Thursday, April 12th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Auditorium of McKinney North High School