Debbi Giossi, RN
This is my first year as a school nurse in Hays CISD. I am a registered nurse with 36 years of experience, a graduate of UT Austin and a die-hard Longhorn fan. My background is primarily in the community: public health clinics and hospice care. I am married and have one son, a lovely daughter-in-law, and two precious grandchildren who are the loves of my life.
I am excited to be a part of the Chapa family and very much appreciate the opportunity to be involved in your children's lives by assisting them to be healthy. I am here to serve as a resource for your student's health needs. Please don't hesitate to contact me via email or phone with any questions or concerns.
School nursing is a professional registered nurse specialty that involves identification, assessment, and intervention to remedy or modify students' health needs. The nurse's goal is to promote the optimum health of students and their ability 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.
News from the Nurse
The flu season is upon us! Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of viruses and infections in our classrooms and throughout our school.
Children SHOULD NOT be at school if they have any of these symptoms:
- Fever (anything greater than 100 degrees by mouth)
- Vomiting (even once)
- General malaise (feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle/body aches)
- Frequent congested (wet) cough or croupy (barking) cough
- Lots of nasal congestion with frequent nose-blowing
The single most important thing we can do to prevent the spread of illness is WASHING HANDS frequently throughout the day. If able, get a flu vaccine. Wipe down surfaces with disinfectant and cover your coughs and sneezes. Our custodians take measures to ensure they are cleaning per district policy. Our teachers and staff are helping by encouraging our students to practice good hand hygeine as well as to cover their coughs and sneezes.
When to come back:
- Children with fever of 100 degrees or greater by mouth should remain at home until fever-free WITHOUT MEDICATION (e.g. Tylenol, Advil, etc.) for 24 hours.
- A student who has started antibiotics should be on the medication for 48 hours before returning to school as they will still be contagious during that time.
- Your child should feel well enough to participate in all school activities including PE or athletics.