Barbers Hill ISD is privileged to have eight outstanding nurses who serve our student body of 4,500 students. In addition to providing daily oversight for students with medical needs, these ladies also teach health and safety, facilitate medical and dental screenings, coordinate wellness initiatives in collaboration with the School Health Advisory Council, and provide parents with vital health information. Our nursing staff is under the direction of Colleen Goundrey, R.N.
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- Contagious Diseases
- Employee Wellness
- Flu Season
- Health Related Issues
- Immunization Requirements
- Medicine at School
- Peanut Allergies
- School Health Advisory Council
24 Hours Fever-Free
A student with a temperature of 100.0 or above will be sent home and must remain fever-free, without the use of fever reducing medicines, for 24 hours before returning to school.
State law specifically requires the District to provide the following information:
What is meningitis? Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria. Viral meningitis is most common and the least serious. Bacterial meningitis is the most common form of serious bacterial infection with the potential for serious, long-term complications. It is an uncommon disease, but requires urgent treatment with antibiotics to prevent permanent damage or death.
What are the symptoms? Someone with meningitis will become very ill. The illness may develop over one or two days, but it can also rapidly progress in a matter of hours. Not everyone with meningitis will have the same symptoms.
Children (over 1 year old) and adults with meningitis may have a severe headache, high temperature, vomiting, sensitivity to bright lights, neck stiffness or joint pains, and drowsiness or confusion. In both children and adults, there may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots. These can occur anywhere on the body.
The diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is based on a combination of symptoms and laboratory results.
How serious is bacterial meningitis? If it is diagnosed early and treated promptly, the majority of people make a complete recovery. In some cases it can be fatal or a person may be left with a permanent disability.
How is bacterial meningitis spread? Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as diseases like the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been. The germs live naturally in the back of our noses and throats, but they do not live for long outside the body. They are spread when people exchange saliva (such as by kissing; sharing drinking containers, utensils, or cigarettes). The germ does not cause meningitis in most people. Instead, most people become carriers of the germ for days, weeks or even months. The bacteria rarely overcome the body’s immune system and causes meningitis or another serious illness.
How can bacterial meningitis be prevented? Do not share food, drinks, utensils, toothbrushes, or cigarettes. Limit the number of persons you kiss.
While there are vaccines for some other strains of bacterial meningitis, they are used only in special circumstances. These include when there is a disease outbreak in a community or for people traveling to a country where there is a high risk of getting the disease. Also, a vaccine is recommended by some groups for college students, particularly freshmen living in dorms or residence halls. The vaccine is safe and effective (85-90%). It can cause mild side effects, such as redness and pain at the injection site lasting up to two days. Immunity develops within 7 to 10 days after the vaccine is given and lasts for up to 5 years.
What you should do if you think you or a friend might have bacterial meningitis? Seek prompt medical attention.
Where can you get more information? Your school nurse, family doctor, and the staff at your local or regional health department office are excellent sources for information on all communicable diseases. You may also call your local health department or Regional Texas Department of Health office to ask about meningococcal vaccine. Additional information may also be found at the web sites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov and the Texas Department of Health: www.dshs.state.tx.us
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.
Chamber County Health Department
West Chambers Medical Clinic
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The District and its staff strictly enforce prohibitions against the use of tobacco products by students and others on school property or at school-sponsored or school-related activities. [See the Student Code of Conduct and policy GKA.]
Asbestos Management Plan
The District's Asbestos Management Plan, designed to be in compliance with state and federal regulations, is available in the Administration Office. If you have any questions, please contact the Asst. Supt. of Planning & Operations at 281-576-2221, ext. 1252
Pest Management Plan
The District applies only pest control that complies with state and federal guidelines. Except in an emergency, signs will be posted 48 hours before application. Parents who want to be notified prior to pesticide application inside their child(ren)'s school assignment area may contact the Asst. Supt. of Planning & Operations at 281-576-2221, ext. 1252.
Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
Hepatitis B- 3 doses
Varicella 1 Dose Required, 2 doses Recommended
Five doses of a diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccine, one of which must have been received on or after the fourth birthday; however, four doses meet the requirement if the fourth dose was given on or after the fourth birthday. Three doses, including one dose on or after the fourth birthday One dose is required ten years after last dose of DTP/DTaP/DT.
Four doses of polio vaccine one of which must have been received on or after the fourth birthday; however, three doses meet the requirement if the third dose was given on or after the fourth birthday. Two doses of a measles-containing vaccine with the first dose on or after the first birthday; second dose required upon entry into kindergarten.
On August, 1, 2009, changes were made in Texas Immunization Requirements. Incoming 7th grade students are required to have the following immunizations before they will be allowed to attend school:
- Varicella Vaccine: All students entering seventh grade will be required to have two doses of varicella vaccine unless student has verification of previous chicken pox disease.
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, and acellular pertussis-containing vaccine (Tdap): Students entering seventh grade will be required to have a booster dose of Tdap if at least five years have passed since their last dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine.
- Meningococcal Vaccine: All students entering seventh grade will be required to have one dose of meningococcal vaccine.
Please check with your physician and get the immunizations that will be required for your student when they enter seventh grade. They can be given at age 11 or after. Bring your school nurse a copy of immunizations given so that school records can be updated.
Refer to the 2016-2017 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students and the Immunization Requirements Phase-in Schedule below.
Only the school nurse and authorized employees may administer medication. For short term use, such as an antibiotic, the medication must be given to the school nurse in the original, properly labeled container, provided by the parent/guardian, along with a signed written request.
Prescription medication for long term use, such as a medication for ADD or Seizures, must be given to the school nurse in the original, properly labeled container, provided by the parent, along with a signed written request from the parent and a U.S. licensed physician.
Nonprescription medication must be received in the original, properly labeled, sealed container, provided by the parent along with a signed written request. Herbal preparations, dietary supplements, and medication filled or purchased outside the U.S. will not be administered.
For student safety, all medication should be transported to and from school by a parent/guardian.
Nearly every school has or has had a student with a nut or peanut allergy. School administrators want to keep your child safe, so speak with a principal, teacher, or school nurse about setting up safe nut - or peanut-free environment if your child is allergic to them and an action plan in case your child has a reaction while in school.
See notice concerning food allergies.
Barbers Hill ISD School Health Advisory Council Assessment
Statement of Public Inspection 2017 - 2018
Every independent school district is required by law to have a School Health Advisory Council; of which the majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the school district (Title 2, Chapter 28, Section 28.004 of the Texas Education Code.
The School Health Advisory Council meets a minimum of four times each year as required by state law. The 2017-2018 meeting dates are November 6, January 8, March 19, and May 14 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the PDC. Meeting agendas and minutes will be posted on the web site or you can request a copy by contacting Colleen Goundrey, Coordinator of Health Services at 281-576-2221 x1444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbers Hill ISD continues to offer structured physical activity in grades K-5 for a minimum of 135 minutes per week. All campuses meet or exceed the 135 minute state requirement through a combination of physical education classes, structured morning activity, structured recess, and through music classes. Students in grades 6--8 receive the state requirement of 4 semesters. Students in seventh grade receive daily physical education class for two semesters. High school students are required to take the state minimum of two semesters of physical education.
Nutrition education involves sharing information with families and students regarding healthy eating habits with monthly wellness flyers provided on the website. The school cafeteria displays posters to promote healthy eating habits at school.
- High School Campus Coordinated Health Checklist
- Middle School North Campus Coordinated Health Checklist
- Middle School South Campus Coordinated Health Checklist
- Elementary School North Campus Coordinated Health Checklist
- Elementary School South Campus Coordinated Health Checklist
- Primary School Campus Coordinated Health Checklist
- Kindergarten Center Campus Coordinated Health Checklist
- DAEP Campus Coordinated Health Checklist