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 student records for required immunizations, perform mandated health screenings, track communicable diseases, plan for health related emergencies, deliver direct care for students, teach disease prevention and health promotion, and engage students in self-management skills for a healthy life.
Students visiting the clinic for illness or injury are assessed by the the school nurse. Mesquite ISD employs registered nurses to serve as school nurses and substitute school nurses in the clinic. The school nurse uses a variety of assessment tools to determine whether or not the student may remain in class. Students may receive first aid treatment for minor wounds such as mosquito bites or sore throat with normal temperature.
Nov. 27, 2018
The District received notification that a case of mumps has been reported in a person who was present on campus.
Mumps is a vaccine preventable disease spread through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat. Only a very small percentage of people who received two doses of the vaccine remain susceptible to mumps.
Symptoms appear about 16 days after infection but may occur within 12-25 days of exposure. The most common symptoms of mumps include:
- Muscle aches
- Loss of appetite
- Swollen, tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides. The State of Texas requires individuals to stay out of school for five days after salivary glands begin to swell.
An infected person may spread the virus by:
- Coughing, sneezing, or talking
- Sharing items such as cups or eating utensils, with others, and
- Touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.
Please encourage your children to keep themselves and others healthy and safe from viruses and bacteria by:
- Avoiding eating or drinking after others
- Covering their coughs and sneezes
- Washing their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before eating
- Keeping their hands away from their face
Mumps is a notifiable condition that must be reported to Dallas County Health & Human Services. If your child is diagnosed with mumps, contact the school nurse and provide the campus with a note from your child’s physician.
- Parent Notification of SB66 Regarding Epipens
- Guarding Against Influenza
- Mosquito Borne Illness Prevention
In accordance with Chapter 38 Sub-chapter E of the Texas Education Code, Mesquite ISD has a policy in place allowing authorized, trained personnel to administer an epinephrine auto-injector to a person on campus who is reasonably believed to be experiencing a life threatening anaphylactic reaction.
All campuses have an emergency supply of epinephrine that may be administered in the event of an unexpected, undiagnosed life threatening (anaphylactic) 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 medication. Parents of students with known life-threatening anaphylaxis are expected to provide the school with all necessary emergency medications and physician orders or emergency action plans at the beginning of each school year.
It's never too early or too 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 is 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 Department of State Health Services Flu site at the Texas Flu Information Page. Flu information for parents is also available through the Department of State Health Services. Families looking for flu vaccine providers may check the Texas Flu Vaccine locator at Texas Flu Vaccine Clinic Finder.
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 Day: Whenever 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 choice 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
Information about state immunization requirements is available on the MISD website at 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.