Megan Benthall, RN
This site will link you to school medication forms and general health information. I'm here as a resource for your student's health needs, so please feel free to contact me with any questions; I'm available by phone or email.
This is my twelth year of nursing and fourth year as a school nurse. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and graduate degree from Texas Tech University. I'm proud to be part of the Mustang family and look forward to getting to know our students.
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.
News from the Nurse
Please join us for a town hall on the community effects of underage drinking and vaping. All are welcome!
Please visit the CDC website for more information on vaping associated health issues and lung injuries.
Need help getting vaccines? Click HERE for community resources for immunizations.
Spinal Screenings are scheduled for November 20, 2019. All 7th grade girls and 8th grade boys are required for spinal screening. Students will be screened on campus during the school day and you do not need to be present. The procedure for screening is simple. The screeners are specially trained and will look at your child’s back while he or she stands and then bends forward. For this exam, boys and girls will be seen separately and individually.
Boys and Girls will need to wear regular shorts/pants and remove their shirts. We suggest girls wear a sports bra or bathing suit top as they may feel more comfortable (Girls will be screened regardless). If your student is absent on the day of screening, he/she will be screened at a later date. Click here for declination of spinal screening. The declination form must be received BEFORE the day of screening with all appropriate signatures. Parents will only be notified of results if professional follow up is recommended.
Medications at School
Medication reminder: Students in middle school are allowed to self carry inhalers and epi-pens only. Please ensure we have the approprate authorizations on file for your student to self carry these medications if needed. All other medications must be kept in the nurse's office with the authorizations on file. Medications Authorizations and Action Plans can be found here:
- Medication Authorization
- Asthma Action Plan
- Food Allergy Action Plan
- Non-Food Allergy Action Plan
- Seizure Action Plan
As we approach the flu season, we recommend that your child stay home if they experience flu or cold symptoms. Consider the following guidelines in deciding whether or not to send your child to school:
- Stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
- Mild sore throat with/without fever
- Mild stomachache
Children SHOULD NOT be at school if they have any of these symptoms:
- Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth)
- Vomiting (even once)
- General malaise (feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness, or muscle aches)
- Frequent congested (wet) cough or croupy (barking) cough
- Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose
The single most important thing we can do to prevent the spread is WASH YOUR HANDS frequently throughout the day. Getting a flu vaccine (if able), wiping down surfaces with disinfectant, and covering your coughs and sneezes are other equally important actions to prevent spread as well. Our custodians are taking measures to ensure they are cleaning per policy, and our teachers and staff are helping encourage our students to practice good hand hygiene and to cover their coughs and sneezes.
Children with fever of 100 degrees or greater by mouth should remain at home until fever free for a MINIMUM of 24 hours WITHOUT medication, i.e. Tylenol, Acetaminophen, Advil, or Ibuprofen. A student who has started antibiotics should be on the medication for 48 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities upon return to school including athletics or PE. Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in our classrooms and throughout our school.