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Nurse/Medical Information
Health Services 
RCS employs a full-time registered nurse to serve our school family. Her office is located in Building A, and is open from 8:15 AM to 3:30 PM each school day. The school nurse is responsible only for the emergency care of injuries and sudden illnesses that occur while the student is at school. She can provide ice packs, band-aids, and comfort to students who have been injured and will notify parents via email for all visits to the office. 

ALLERGIES 
Children with serious allergies (i.e., food, dyes, insect stings) or chronic medical conditions (i.e., asthma, diabetes, seizures), are expected to notify the school nurse upon acceptance or upon becoming aware of the medical condition. The nurse will work with Administration to determine if a medical action plan will need to be put into place. RCS will attempt to assist with food allergies. However, students must be able to be mainstreamed in a normal classroom. 

RCS cannot be held responsible for the contents of student lunches. Medication Policy Students should not carry medications of any type without proper documentation. Please see the school nurse for additional information if needed. 

SCHOOL POLICY REGARDING THE ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION:
  • RCS will not provide over-the-counter (OTC) medications for student use. 
  • Families desiring to have OTC medicines available for their child(ren) are to provide these medicines in a “Space Maker” plastic box. These medications are to be taken by the parent directly to the nurse for check in. 
  • Dispensing of any/all medications may only be extended by the nurse when the required authorizations are on file with the school nurse. 
  • RCS employees will not administer herbal medications, home remedies, or dietary supplements unless accompanied by a doctor’s note. 

HEALTH SCREENING 
As per Texas law, RCS will conduct yearly vision, hearing and spinal screenings for selected grade levels. Parents will be notified prior to testing dates.

Crystal E. Metz, BSN, RN

Nurse Crystal graduated from The University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Her background includes a variety of nursing experience, including ICU, Trauma, Labor & Delivery, and hospital administration.  In addition to working at RCS, she remains on staff at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, where she serves as Operations Administrator, and Lone Star College Cy-fair, where she teaches in the Nursing Program.  Crystal is a proud mother of 2 boys, Tommy (2nd grade) and Sammy (kindergarten), and this is their 5th year at RCS.  In their spare time, Nurse Crystal and her boys can be found spending lots of time outdoors, playing sports, or having Super Mario Bros. video game show downs.
FLU Symptoms
  • Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Your doctor may perform a special test (such as a nasal swab) to diagnose the flu.
  • In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. The flu usually comes on suddenly.
  • Although fever is a common symptom, not everyone with the flu will have fever.
  • Other symptoms of the flu may include runny/stuffy nose and/or sore throat. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults).

How does the flu spread?

  • Flu viruses are thought to be spread mainly from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or even talking with someone with the flu. Flu viruses may also be spread when people touch something with the flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose.
  • People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.

What can you do?

  • Your best bet is to get a flu shot. It takes up to 2 weeks for the full benefit, so now is a good time to get it. The influenza viruses contained in a flu shot are inactivated (killed), so you cannot get the flu from the shot. Since infants under 6 months of age cannot receive the flu vaccine, it is especially important for the other family members to be vaccinated to minimize flu exposure to the young infant.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth, preferably with a tissue, when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Please remind your children not to share food or drink with others.
  • If you or your child gets sick with a respiratory illness, like flu, limit contact with others as much as possible. Stay home or keep your child home. The RCS handbook states that your child needs to be fever-free (less than 100 degrees without fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions regarding the health of your child. For more information regarding seasonal flu, please visit www.cdc.gov/flu/ or contact your health care provider.

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