Amanda Brady, RN
I am starting my first year here as the school nurse at Science Hall Elementary. I have been a registered nurse for 3 years with a background in High Risk Labor and Delivery and Geriatric Home Health. I also have a background in EMS and have worked in both non-emergency and emergency ambulance systems since 2004. My husband and I live here in Kyle with our 2 daughters, one of which is a Kinder student here at Science Hall Elementary. I am so excited to have joined the Science Hall family and am looking forward to a great year!
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.
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Please know that I am available to you to help. You can reach me via voicemail by calling the school number (512) 268-8502 and pressing opt. 2. I check voicemails twice a day. However, the best way to reach me is to email me at amanda.brady@hayscisd. I am checking emails several times a day and can even call you back if that is needed or preferred. (This number will show up as an unknown number when I call you back.)
Accurate COVID-19 Resources
Hays CISD Resources
Below are some tips from the National Association of School Nurses to help us and our kiddos to cope with some of the major changes due to our “new normal.”
In the last few weeks there has been a lot of talk about physical health and to avoid getting sick. It is equally important to make sure we are taking care of our mental health too! During this time, it is important to understand that though they don’t have the same worries we may, our kiddos are going through a very stressful time as well.
- Your children are watching you. They will react and follow your reactions. Try to remain calm to reduce fear.
- Be aware of how you talk about COVID-19.
- It is ok and important to be honest about the disease, but remind them that you are doing everything w/in your power to keep loved ones safe and well. Let you children’s questions guide your conversation. You don’t have to offer unnecessary details or facts. For older children, make sure they are getting their information for accurate sources such as those listed above. Make sure to listen to them or have them draw or write out their thoughts and fears.
- Explain what social distancing means. Most kids are hearing this a lot, but don’t actually know what it means.
- Focus on the positive.
- Celebrate having more time to spend as a family and make it as fun as possible. If you aren’t the most creative person, “use what you have.” Sing, laugh, and go outside. Create a family project to organize belongings and make it a goal to have the family get more exercise.
- Establish a daily routine.
- Offer lots of love and affection!
- Take care of your mental health as well.
- You can’t take care of others if you aren’t taking care of yourself. Grab a book, do a puzzle, or take a walk. If you have a chance. Try to take some time for just yourself. We are spending A LOT of time with our kiddos. Try to find a time when you are having “your time.” It’s ok for you to let your family know you need just a few minutes a day to yourself.
Here is a link to the document from the National Association of School Nurses with further resources and ideas. Helping Children Cope w/Changes Resulting from COVID-19
Signs and symptoms of COVID-19
- Shortness of breath
What can you do to prevent COVID-19?
- Follow guidlines of the "Stay at Home" orders
- Wash hands often for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same.
- If no soap and water are available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other places touched often.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.