School Health Clinic Protocols

  • In collaboration with NCISD Health Services, guidance from TEA, local/state health authorities and the CDC, campuses will implement protocols for students who require additional support from clinic staff, i.e., diabetes, medications, and regular care due to illness or injury.

    • Campus nurse and principal will determine separate areas for well and sick student visits.
    • Physical distancing in the clinic area will be implemented as space allows.
    • Any person entering for a sick visit will have his or her temperature taken.
    • All persons will wash/sanitize hands upon entry/exit of the clinic area.
    • Clinic staff will wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate to the task.
    • Any medications used to treat symptoms consistent with COVID-19 such as cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, and body aches will not be administered without a current healthcare provider’s note. This would include metered dose inhalers, cough and cold medications, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen. Medication to be administered via nebulizer, will not be allowed in the school setting at this time. Parents/Guardians are strongly encouraged to contact their student’s healthcare provider to obtain metered dose inhalers rather than nebulizer medications.
    • To minimize loss of instruction time and unnecessary exposure to illness, well students shall remain in class as much as possible. Visits to the school clinic will be for essential services only.
    • Considerations for classroom-based care to well students by nurse or trained designated personnel may include scheduled medication administration and minor first aid.
    • Teachers are encouraged to contact the school clinic prior to sending students.
    • Any student with a temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit and/or showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be required to apply a face covering (as developmentally appropriate). The ill student will remain in a designated area until the parent/guardian arrives for student pick-up.
    • Parents/Guardians will need to make every effort to receive children within one hour. Parents/guardians should have alternative arrangements if they are unable to pick up their student within one hour.
    • Any student or staff member sent home for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will not be allowed to return to in-person school or a district facility until they have met the three-step criteria, provide a note from a medical professional clearing them for return based on an alternative diagnosis, or obtain an acute infection test at an approved testing location that comes back negative for COVID-19.