Waxahachie ISD Student Health Services
Healthy Children Learn Better!
All children have the right to learn and reach their maximum potential in an environment that is safe and free from danger. In order to maximize this learning, we believe that students need to be healthy. Good health is more than the absence of illness or disease. It is also the ability to function at an optimum level of physiological, emotional, and psychological well-being.
Health Advisory February 2020 (click arrow to expand content)
February 27, 2020
Dear Waxahachie ISD Families,
An outbreak of respiratory illness COVID 19, commonly referred to as “coronavirus,” has been seen overseas and originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The United States has seen a handful of coronavirus cases related to travel, including travelers who are now quarantined at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. There have been no other confirmed cases in Texas, and the Texas Department of State Health Services believes that the risk of contracting this illness is low for all Texans.
I want to assure you that Waxahachie ISD is keeping track of this situation with the help of reliable and trustworthy sources: our local health department, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).updated information from the CDC on coronavirus in the United States and the most recent information about coronavirus in Texas. Follow these links for
While we are still learning about this newly-emerged virus, based on the current information we have, health officials are recommending local communities and schools should take the same steps to protect against coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of other diseases, like colds or the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick. Remember, Waxahachie ISD’s fever policy states that a child with a temperature higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit must remain out of school until he or she has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
Please help us protect our students, staff, and the whole community by using these simple methods of preventing the spread of all diseases. Our staff will also be encouraging the use of these methods at school. Thank you for your support of our district, our students, and our staff.
Managing the Flu Together
Flu season in Texas runs October - March. We at Waxahachie ISD know that preparation is key. By working together as parents, staff, and students, we can help to reduce the outbreak within our school district. Below are some simple steps that each of us can take:
- Know the symptoms: Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue and nasal congestion.
- Stay home: Stay home if you experience fever greater than 100.0 degrees and until you are fever-free without Tylenol or Advil for at least 24 hours. Stay home if you have large amounts of secretions such as coughing and sneezing. Stay home if you experience vomiting and/or diarrhea and until you have been free of vomiting and/or diarrhea for 24 hours.
- Wash hands: Wash hands with hot water and soap or use hand sanitizers several times throughout the day especially before eating, after using the restroom, and playing outside.
- Cough & sneeze properly: Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or use Kleenex. Never cough or sneeze into your hands.
- Disinfect: Disinfect frequently touched items daily.
- Do not share: Never share food or drink and encourage others to do the same.
- Vaccinate: Get a flu vaccination as they are still available at doctors’ offices, drug stores, and health clinics.
- Practice the 3 C's: Cough into your sleeve, clean your hands frequently, and contain the flu by staying home when you are sick.
Immunizations Required for Students Pre-K through 12th Grade
All students under 4 years of age:
• DTAP - 4 doses
• POLIO - 3 doses
• HEPATITIS B - 3 doses
• PNEUMOCOCCAL- 1 to 4 doses (depending on age first dose received)
• HIB- 1 to 4 doses (depending on age first dose received)
• MMR- 1 dose - after 1st birthday
• VARICELLA - 1 dose after 1st birthday or history of chickenpox disease
• HEPATITIS A - 2 doses required after the age of 1 year
Kindergarten through 6th grade or students 4 years of age or older:
All of the above plus
• DTAP 1 dose after 4th birthday
• POLIO 1 dose after 4th birthday
• MMR - a second dose is required before entry into school
• VARICELLA - a second dose is required before entry into school ( or history of chickenpox disease)
If a student has not received HIB or Pneumococcal before the age of 5, they will not need those vaccines.
7 to 12th grade:
ALL of the shots previously listed on this page PLUS
• TDAP before entering 7th or within 5 years of entering 7th grade
• MENINGITIS - 1 dose before entering 7th grade and one dose as a senior (required for college entrance)
• A second VARICELLA if not previously done
Please Note: Your child will not be allowed to pick up their schedules for 7th, 8th, or 9th grades unless these shots are complete, and a record is on file at the school, or the vaccine exemption form is on file. State law requires that a student who is not completely immunized or without the proper exemption documentation of the required immunizations will not be allowed to attend school.
For further information, please contact:
Melissa Bousquet, WISD Nurse Coordinator
Waxahachie, Texas 75165
(972) 923-4690 x47101