My name is Maria Calles, I am the campus nurse for Sam Houston Elementary. During the school day I will provide necessary care for our students during the school day. While I 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 (832-386-4434) to make sure I am aware of the condition and to assess what documentation may be needed for your child’s health and safety during school hours. Please review the following information as it could apply to your child.
There are specific forms that will be required and need to be completed by your child’s physician should your child have one or more of the following medical conditions. I will also need the parent to complete the Medications At School form for each of the medications requested by the physician. These forms/plans must be submitted annually.
You will find a link on this page to the mentioned forms (your child’s physician may have their own Plan of Action form, which will be reviewed by the nurse).
- Asthma-- Asthma Action Plan AND Physician’s Request for Medication Administration during school hours (one for each medication)
- Food Allergy—Food Allergy Action Plan, Request for Dietary Accommodation (Please make sure you scroll to the third page on the link, there you will find the form that your child’s physician has to complete) AND Request for Medication Administration during school hours (one for each medication)
- Allergy of Unknown Cause – Allergy Action Plan AND Request for Medication Administration during school hours
- Seizures -- Seizure Action Plan AND Request for Medication Administration during school hours
IT IS IMPORTANT to notify the nurse if your child has any health changes that arise during the school year.
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!)
- A “Physician’s Request for Medication Administration” completed by your child’s health care provider. (Link to the form on this page).
- “Medications At School” form completed and signed by parent
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.
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 (For exemptions based on reasons of conscience, only official forms will be accepted; you may obtain form online at: http://www.dhsh.texas.gov/immunize/school/exemptions.aspx.
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.
To ensure the health and safety of all students, any student who exhibits vomiting, diarrhea, or a fever 100.0º F or higher 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.
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.
If your child has recently been injured or has had any recent surgery AND must refrain from strenuous physical activity, it is the parent's responsibility to obtain a physician’s request for Physical Education and Activity restriction (PE and Recess). Please have form filled out by a physician and turned in to the school nurse. Please click on link for the form
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
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. Find handwashing tips from CDC at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/features/handwashing/