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Roles and Responsibilities

School nursing is a specialized practice of public health nursing that promotes and protects individual student health, facilitates development, and advances academic success.  

Mesquite ISD provides a registered nurse at each campus.  School nurses work with students and their families, school personnel, the community, and health care providers to advocate for student health and a healthy school environment.  

Nurses monitor required immunizations, perform mandated health screenings, track communicable diseases, provide disease prevention and health education, plan for emergencies, and deliver direct care for students.


AUGUST 2017

Parent Notification of SB66 Regarding Epipens

In accordance with Chapter 38, Subchapter E of the Texas Education Code, the Board of Mesquite Independent School District has a policy to allow authorized and trained personnel to administer an epinephrine auto-injector to a person who is reasonably believed to be experiencing an anaphylactic reaction on a school campus.

All campuses have an emergency supply of epinephrine that school nurses may administer in the event of an unexpected, undiagnosed anaphylactic (life-threatening allergic) reaction.  

All high school athletic trainers have an emergency supply of epinephrine that they may administer in the event of an unexpected, undiagnosed anaphylactic event occurring during an athletic event attended by the athletic trainer.

This program is not intended to replace student specific orders or parent provided individual medication. Parents of students with known life-threatening anaphylaxis are expected to provide the school with all necessary emergency medications and action plans for implementing student specific physician's orders at the beginning of each school year.  


Guarding Against Influenza

It's never too early or late in the school year to think about flu prevention.  Everyone can help reduce the impact of the cold and flu season in our community by following these simple tips:
  • Get a flu shot!  It is never too late to get a flu shot, but it’s best to get one as soon as possible after the vaccine comes out each year.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or more. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand rub/gel.
  • Cough and/or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve, not into your hand.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay home for any fever of 100°F or more and once fever goes away (without use of fever reducing medication), stay home for 24 hours.

Visit the DSHS Flu site at the Texas Flu Information Page or parents may access Flu information for parents for more information.  Families looking for flu vaccine providers may check the Texas Flu Vaccine locator at Texas Flu Vaccine Clinic Finder

The following letters in English and Spanish are resources from Dallas County Health and Human Services that provide detailed information about precautions you and your family can take to limit the spread of flu.  

DCHHS (English) Flu Letter 

DCHHS (Español) Letra de gripe 


Mosquito Borne Illness Prevention 

West Nile, Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya are viruses spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.    

Use the 4Ds to help reduce the chance of being bitten by a mosquito.

  • DEET All Day, Every DayWhenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions.

  • DRESS: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside.

  • DRAIN: Remove all standing water in and around your home.

  • DUSK & DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.

Visit the EPA website finding the right insect repellent to determine the right one for you and your family.

To best protect your child from insect bites, please apply insect repellent products before your child leaves for school, especially if your child walks or waits for a bus.


RELATED LINKS:

Information on Mesquite ISD immunization requirements is available through Immunization Requirements.
Immunization information for students enrolling in higher education facilities including dual credit, college, or technical schools is available through Vaccine Requirements for Students Preparing to Enter College.