Keeping CCISD Healthy
Clear Creek ISD is committed to providing health care services for students and staff. We will support the educational process through safe practice in collaboration with parents, educators, and community resources to ensure up-to-date health care and promote academic success.
- Health Screenings
- Illness & Injury
- Medication Policy
- Food Allergy Management
- Lice Information
- Student Accident Insurance
All children enrolled for the first time in any public, private, parochial, or denominational school or in a Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services licensed day-care center and group day-care home in Texas or who meet certain grade criteria must be screened or have a professional examination for possible vision and hearing problems.
All Kindergartners, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders must be screened. All new students into CCISD from 4 years through the 12th grade are screened, as well as students who are referred by a parent, teacher or counselor. If further evaluation is required, a referral letter will be sent home along with the testing results.
Please take the referral with you for the examination and ask your vision/hearing specialist to complete it. Please return the report to your school nurse as soon as possible. The School Nurse is required to keep those results in your child's health record.
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).
Parents will be notified if the screening test indicates need for medical follow-up.
Acanthosis Nigricans (AN) is a light brown-black, velvety, furrowed, rough or thickened manifestation on the surface areas of the skin, which are indicative of high insulin levels. Persons who have high insulin levels and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Students in grades 1, 3, 5, and 7 will be screened for AN either during the spinal screening or during the hearing and vision screening.
Parents will be notified if the screening test indicates need for medical follow-up.
Elementary students in grades 3-5 will have a height and weight assessment through the PE department as part of the state mandated Fitnessgram.
The primary goal of this program is to promote regular physical activity among all youth. Of particular importance is promoting activity patterns that lead to reduced health risk and improved health-related physical fitness.
Parents who choose to opt out of screenings must notify the school nurse.
Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grades K-12
According to Texas Department of Health and Human Services, a student shall show acceptable evidence of vaccination prior to entry, attendance, or transfer to a child-care facility or public or private elementary or secondary school in Texas. All immunizations should be completed by the first date of attendance. The law requires that students be fully vaccinated against the specified diseases.
A student may be enrolled provisionally if the student has an immunization record that indicates the student has received at least one dose of each specified age-appropriate vaccine required by this rule. Student must not be overdue for next dose in series to be considered provisional.
To remain enrolled, the student must complete the required subsequent doses in each vaccine series on schedule and as rapidly as is medically feasible and provide acceptable evidence of vaccination to the school.
Texas law allows physicians to write medical exemption statements which clearly state a medical reason exists and the person cannot receive specific vaccines, and (b) parents/guardians to choose an exemption from immunization requirements for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief.
The law does not allow parents/guardians to elect an exemption simply because of inconvenience (for example, a record is lost or incomplete and it is too much trouble to go to a physician or clinic to correct the problem). Schools should maintain an up-to-date list of students with exemptions, so they may be excluded in times of emergency or epidemic declared by the commissioner of public health.
Learn more about exemption information
Free or reduced vaccines locations
- Galveston County Health District (409) 949-3459
- Harris County Health District Clinics (713) 439-6000
- Clear Lake, La Porte, and Friendswood EMS immunization clinics
- IBN SINA (281) 990-7462
- Texas Children's Hospital Mobile Clinics (832) 824-2061
- Sunny Side Health Center (832) 393-5427
- Pasadena Health Center (713) 554-1091
Texas Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Information
According to the CDC, the flu causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. The best way to protect against seasonal flu and its potential severe complications is for children to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year.
Flu vaccination is recommended for all children ages six months and older.
Please be sure to notify the school nurse of any change in your child’s health during the year. For example: allergies, medication taken daily at home, or health problems that we should be aware of for the child's safety and well-being. Food allergies requiring dietary restrictions or that require medical treatment also need to be documented.
Students who are ill or seriously injured prior to the school day should be kept home until improved.
When to Stay Home
Please do not send ill or injured students to school to be diagnosed by school personnel. Conditions requiring exclusion from school include:
- Temperature of 100° or more
- Vomiting or has vomited during the night
- Rash or skin infection other than poison ivy
- Contagious diseases or infestations - including but not limited to scabies, impetigo, conjunctivitis, live lice, and varicella.
To return to school, students must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, vomiting/diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of anti-emetics or anti-diarrheal medications or released by a physician.
During the school day, if a student becomes too ill to remain in school or is seriously injured, reasonable effort will be made to contact the parents. If a sudden, possibly life-threatening condition should occur, immediate safety of the student is the school’s first concern.
Ambulance transportation to a hospital will be arranged. Parents will be contacted as soon as possible
A new medication administration request is required each school year or with any change in the previous medication administration request. A parent note gives the school nurse permission to dispense the medication according to the label on the original container. The medication must be age appropriate. The recommended dosage from the manufacturer will be administered for an over-the-counter drug.
All medication will need to be picked up by a parent/guardian before the last day of school or the medication will be discarded.
All medications to be administered or kept at school for longer than 15 days must be accompanied by a written request signed and dated by the prescribing physician and the parent/guardian.
All prescription and non-prescription drugs to be administered at school for 15 days or less must be accompanied by a written request, signed and dated by a parent/legal guardian. The dosage recommended by the manufacturer for a non-prescription drug will be administered.
No narcotics will be administered at school.
A student with asthma is entitled to possess and self-administer prescription asthma medicine while on school property or at a school-related event or activity. Students who need to carry an asthma inhaler or other emergency medication must present documentation from a physician and parent outlining the need to do so. In accordance with Education Code 38.015, students may self-administer asthma medication while at school functions with written permission from parents and physician. The asthma authorization form is available from your school nurse. Administration of medication must be in accordance with the prescription instructions and the manufacturer’s recommended dosage for non-prescription medicine.
Non-FDA approved, legal, natural and/or homeopathic-like products not will not be dispensed by school district personnel without a licensed physician’s order.
The District has adopted policy and procedure that allows for the development of a student Food Allergy Management Plan that includes the following components:
- Identification of students with food allergies who are at risk for anaphylaxis.
- Development, implementation, communication, and monitoring of food allergy action plans/emergency care plans, individualized health-care plans, and Section 504 plans, as appropriate.
- Reduction of the risk of exposure within the school setting to common food allergens.
- Training for school staff regarding awareness of signs and symptoms of food allergies and emergency response in the event of an anaphylactic reaction.
- Review of care plans and procedures periodically and after an anaphylactic reaction at school or at a school-related activity.
Food Allergy Action Plan Form
Should your child have a food allergy that causes them to be at risk for anaphylaxis, contact your student’s school nurse. The Food Allergy Action Plan/Emergency Care Plan form is available here and through your school nurse. This form must be completed by a licensed physician in the U.S. before implementing the Food Allergy Management Plan.
Texas Education Code requires a school nurse of a public elementary school who determines or otherwise becomes aware that a child enrolled in the school has lice shall provide written or electronic notice of that fact to:
(1) the parent of the child with lice as soon as practicable but not later than 48 hours after the administrator or nurse determines or becomes aware of that fact; and
(2) the parent of each child assigned to the same classroom as the child with lice not later than the fifth school day after the date on which the administrator or nurse determines or becomes aware of that fact.
Additional information about confidentiality is included within the law.
- Students will be sent home from school if live lice are found in their hair.
- Students will not be sent home if only nits are found.
- Texas law also states students may return to school after one medicated shampoo or lotion treatment has been given.
- When returning to school a head check by the nurse is not required by law.
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. Meningitis caused by bacteria is the most likely form of the disease to cause serious, long-term complications.
One of the biggest worries for parents is wondering if their child will be involved in an accident while attending school, riding the bus, or participating in school activities. Because of this concern, voluntary Student Accident Insurance is available throughout the year as an option for parents to cover their students aged K-12.
Student accident insurance protects students while:
- attending regular school sessions
- participating in or attending school-sponsored and school-supervised extracurricular activities
- traveling directly to and from school for regular school sessions, and while traveling to and from school-sponsored and school-supervised activities in school-provided transportation.