News from the Nurse
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! I look forward to helping your student have a successful and healthy academic year.
I wanted to take this opportunity to provide some information to our families on what we are doing to keep our children, families, and community SAFE from the student health services department. Our illness policies have changed and new policies are now in place to help prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19. I am also providing some tips on what you can do to help keep yourself and families healthy during this time. Please know, as your school nurse I am committed to making our school as safe and healthy as possible. COVID-19 guidelines are constantly being updated as we learn more about this virus. Please remember that we are all LEARNING and we all need to remember to treat others with patience, understanding, and kindness during this very challenging time.
What do I need to do EVERYDAY when sending my student to school?
- Ensure your child has a CLEAN face covering for school each day. Cloth coverings should be washed daily and when wet or visibly dirty.
- Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending their student to school (including temp check). Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms
- Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
- Sore throat
- New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing or for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline.
- Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
- New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
- If your child has any of the above symptoms, is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 OR has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting results, do not send him/her to campus and contact me. Instead your child may receive remote instruction until conditions for re-entry are met. Please also do not send your child to school if a household member has tested positive or is awaiting COVID-19 test results.
Will my child be able to go to the nurse? Yes, however, at this time we are encouraging classroom care for first aid when possible. Teachers will be provided guidance for care that can be taken care of in the classroom and will be able to send the student to the clinic for any care beyond simple first aid. Teachers will be encouraged to phone consult with the nurse for any further concerns and/or receive guidance.
How can you help? Talk to your student about appropriate times to go to the school nurse. Encourage healthy habits to prevent illness. Send a re-fillable water bottle to school and encourage your student to be well hydrated. Make sure your student eats breakfast. Keep the nurse informed of any situations that may be going on at home. Anxiety often arises as stomachaches in school aged children.
What happens if my student has any of these symptoms at school? If a student presents to the school clinic with any of these symptoms, the student will be assessed by the campus nurse. Simple interventions will be done to see if the symptoms improve. If no improvement is noted with intervention, the student will be considered to have symptoms of COVID-19 and will be sent home and will need to follow the COVID-19 return to school protocol.
What is the return to school protocol if sent home with COVID-19 symptoms? Currently there are 3 ways a student may return to campus:
- 10 days have passed since symptoms began AND improvement in symptoms AND 24 hours fever free (without the use of fever reducing medication) *ALL 3 must be met with this option
- They are cleared by a physician to return to school with a differential diagnosis
- The student has had a negative PCR test result indicating symptoms were not due to COVID-19. A rapid antigen test will NOT be accepted.
What happens if I am notified that my student has had potential exposure to someone with COVID while on campus:
Your student will need to self-isolate at home for 14-day period and monitor for symptoms. The school will notify you when it is safe for your student to return to campus if student remains symptom free. A negative COVID test does not qualify you to return to school.
How you can help?
- Keep your student home if they are sick. Please do not send your student to school after giving fever reducing, anti-nausea, or anti-diarrheal medications.
- Talk to your student about appropriate times to go to the school nurse.
- If your child is seriously ill or injured, we must have a way of contacting you. It is critical that you report changes in phone numbers to the school.
- Encourage healthy habits to prevent illness:
- frequent and correct handwashing, when to wash hands
- Send a re-fillable water bottle to school and encourage your student to be well hydrated.
- Make sure your student eats breakfast or that he/she arrives on time to have breakfast in school
- Show student the proper way to put on and take off a mask/face covering
- Ensure your student gets 8-10 hours of sleep
- Encourage student to exercise
- Keep the teacher/nurse informed of any situations that may be going on at home as anxiety often arises as stomachaches in school aged children.
Though I know this year will be challenging for all of us, I look forward to helping your student have the best and healthiest year possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you have any concerns about your child’s health.
Christi Chabarria, RN, BSN
Barton Middle School Nurse
512-268-1472 ext. 46430
Christi Chabarria, RN
I am a registered nurse with 16 years of nursing experience. I have been a school nurse here at Barton for 5 years. I am married and we have 2 wonderful children. My husband is a cardiac nurse in Austin. We live in Mountain City and both of our children are students within Hays CISD. I stay busy with family activities, reading, and spending time with friends. I enjoy volunteering my time for American Cancer Society and Relay for Life.
School nursing has been very rewarding and challenging and I look forward to many more years. I thank you for the opportunity of caring for your children. I will use each encounter with your children to promote wellness, teach and provide my best care to the children. I am always available for questions, comments, or concerns.
School nursing is a professional registered nursing specialty that involves identification, assessment, prevention, and intervention to remedy or modify students' health needs. The nurse's goal is to promote the optimum health of students and the students' abilities to achieve their individual educational goals.
Nurses monitor required immunizations, perform mandated health screenings, track communicable diseases, plan for emergencies and provide direct care to students. Please use the links to the left to learn more about the Hays CISD District Health Services.
We would like to assure you that medical information about your child is treated as confidential by the nurses and all school staff. We do not share information about your child with outside parties nor can we discuss health concerns of any other student with you.
Tips for health and wellness
*Start off with a healthy breakfast.
*Hydration is key to staying healthy, alert and attentive.
*Stay physically active. 60 minutes of daily moderate activity is recommended to stay fit.
*Maintain energy and focus with healthy snacks.
*Establish a consistent sleep routine.
*WASH HANDS OFTEN!
* Keep hands away from eyes, ears, nose and mouth.
*Wear appropriate clothing choices for temperatures. Wear comfortable and safe shoes for student activity while at school.
*Notify your school nurse of childs health concerns.
*Provide school nurse with needed documentation and medication for health conditions.
* Have regular checkups with pediatrician and stay current on all vaccines including annual flu vaccine.
Christi Chabarria, RN, BSN
512-268-1472, EXT. 46430