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    Dear Parents,

    Welcome to the Cloverleaf Clinic page!

    My name is Priscilla Santamaria and I am the campus nurse for Cloverleaf Elementary. In the clinic, we provide a provide a temporary care facility for children who become ill or injured at school.  While we will not call parents for every visit made to the clinic, there are times I will need to contact you.  In order for this to be possible, please keep your contact information up to date.  If your child has a medical problem or condition, please stop by or give me a call (832-386-3207) to make sure I am aware of it. Please review the following information as it could apply to your child.  We are excited to serve you and your families this year!

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    If your child needs to take daily or as needed medication at school here is what you need to bring when dropping off the medicine:

    • The medication in the original box with the pharmacy label (check expiration dates!)
    • The correct form signed by your doctor: Please click on link
      • If they have Asthma they will need an Asthma Action Plan filled out by doctor: please click on link
      • If they have a Food or Environmental Allergy they will need an Allergy Action Plan filled out by doctor (Note if student has a food allergy an action plan AND cafeteria form must be filled out by doctor): please click on link that applies to your student
        • Food action plan & Cafeteria allergy form
        • Environmental allergy action plan
      • If they have seizures they will need a seizure action plan filled out by doctor: Please click on link
    • If the medication is over the counter such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen a form signed by doctor is required and medication will need to be brought in with a label from the pharmacy: click on link
    • If cough drops/creams/ointments are needed to be kept in clinic please fill out parent permission form: please click on link

    Remember, for the safety of all children at school, students may not carry any medicine (even cough drops) with them while on school grounds. Medication CANNOT be brought to school by your child, a parent is required for dropping off any kind of medicine.

    IT IS IMPORTANT notify the nurse if your child has any allergies or other medical changes that arise during the school year. Doctor’s letters are required yearly for any food and milk allergies.  Your doctor may recommend having an epi-pen at school.

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    A student must be fully immunized against certain diseases or must present a certificate or statement that, for medical reasons or reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, the student will not be immunized. No student may be enrolled in any school in Galena Park ISD unless he/she has been immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis; measles, mumps, and rubella; polio; hepatitis A; hepatitis B; varicella (chicken pox); and meningococcal disease (based on age). Please see our district handbook for detailed information.

     Illness

    To ensure the health and safety of all students, any students who exhibit vomiting, diarrhea, or a fever >100.0 F the morning of or the night before school, must be excluded from school.  Students may return to school as follows:

     

    • Free of fever (<100.0F) for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin).

     

    • Food and liquids have been tolerated for at least 24 hours without vomiting and/or diarrhea, and without the use of medication to relieve symptoms.

     

    • Students diagnosed with a contagious illness that is being treated with prescription medication, must complete a minimum of 24 hours of the prescribed medication dosage prior to returning to school.

     

    Please contact me if your child has been diagnosed with a contagious condition such as strep throat, chickenpox, pink eye, impetigo, ringworm, flu, or has vomiting and/or diarrhea.

     

    Change of Clothes

    Please pack an extra set of clothing, including underwear and socks, in a plastic bag for your child in their backpack. It is comforting to have your own clothes in case of an accident. 

    Also, please note that flat, closed-toe shoes with Velcro or lace up are much safer than sandals and flip flops and help to prevent injuries.

    Lice

    It is a good habit to check your children regularly for lice.  Watch for frequent scratching of the scalp, brown or white eggs (nits) on the hair shaft that may look like dandruff but are not easily brushed away, and live lice which are brown and move very quickly.  Encourage your child not to share combs, brushes, hair decorations or hats. Per GPISD handbook, students with live lice or signs of active infestation will be excluded from school.  Students who have been sent home should receive prompt treatment for lice and expected to return to school the following day, free of live organisms. If head lice are found, the hair must be treated before the child returns to school on the following day. Upon return to school, the student and parent/guardian must report directly to the school nurse, provide information about the treatment utilized and have the student’s hair checked before reporting to class. Chronic cases and instances of non-treatment will result in unexcused absences. Please contact the campus nurse with any questions, or if you have treated your child for head lice.

     Image result for broken arm clipartInjury/Surgery 

    If they have been injured or has had any surgery recently and must refrain from strenuous physical activity, it is the parent's responsibility to send a note to school to excuse the child from PE and/or recess. Please have form filled out by a physician and turned in to the school nurse. Please click on link to the right.

    Additional information

    Please encourage your child to start each day with a healthy breakfast. Look at the lunch menu with your child and encourage healthy choices. In response to the increase in the number of children diagnosed with food allergies, students may not share food at school. Parents please take consideration when packing lunch for student that other students in the class or grade may have certain food allergies. Common food allergies are nuts (peanuts-including peanut butter, almonds pecans, etc.), seafood (shrimp, crawfish, fish), egg (including ingredients containing eggs such as baked goods like cake/cupcakes and cookies), soy (such as soy milk or soy sauce), and milk.

    Adequate sleep contributes to a student’s overall health and well-being. Children who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk for many health issues. The CDC recommends children from 6–12 years get 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours. Please click link for more information. https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/sleep.htm 

    Sleeping Man, Sleep, Rest, Nap, Siesta, Snooze, Snoring

    Daily physical activity can help children build strong bones and muscles, control weight, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and reduce the risk of developing health issues. Please click link for more information. https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/facts.htm

    Handwashing is an easy and effective way to help prevent the spread illnesses. Soap and water are recommended for use after using restroom, before and after eating, after sneezing or coughing, and after touching and animal or any garbage. Handwashing tips from CDC: Please  click link for more information https://www.cdc.gov/features/handwashing/

    Wellness plan

    The campus wellness plan is developed by the school nurse, Physical education coach, cafeteria manager, school counselor and Communities in Schools coordinator. Please click link to view. Wellness Plan Link

    If you are interested in the development, implementation and evaluation of the wellness policy and plan, please contact the Department of Student Support Services at 832-386-1033 or the school nurse at 832-386-3207.

    Hoping for a Safe, Happy and HEALTHY year for everyone.

     

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    Contact the School Nurse:

    Priscilla Santamaria

    832-386-3207

    psantamaria@galenaparkisd.com

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