Much of the success of each child’s learning depends on regular, consistent, healthy attendance at school. Hill students maintain excellent health as demonstrated in an exceptional school attendance rate.
You can help by ensuring your child is well-rested and well-nourished. The recommended amount of sleep for a child 6-10 years is 10-12 hours and over 10 years is 8-10 hours. Well-balanced meals add to good health. A nutritious breakfast is important for sustaining a good day’s work!
Children need to rest at home when they are ill. If your child is ill, report the absence to the school. When he/she returns to school, send a note to the teacher to explain the reason for the absence and any treatment given. If your child needs any medicine at school, AISD medication policy must be followed: Medication must be in its original container labeled with student name, name of medication and dosage, doctor’s name, frequency of medication and discontinue date. Parental consent form to administer medication must be on file in the office. Parent’s directives cannot be in conflict with prescription label.
HEALTH EMERGENCIES OCCUR… BE SURE THE SCHOOL HAS A CURRENT PHONE NUMBER WHERE YOU CAN BE REACHED DURING SCHOOL HOURS.
School district policy requires that a parent be contacted to pick a child up who is ill at school or when emergencies occur.
Keep your child home with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more until there is a full day without a fever reducing medication. Parents are notified if their child’s temperature is 100 degrees or more.
Clear, thin nasal drainage may be due to cold or allergy.Your child may come to school with “allergic” type drainage. Many young children are not able to blow their noses well. This is not considered a contagious illness.
If your child has other cold symptoms such as fever, cough or headache, keep him or her home. Infections are most contagious during the febrile (fever) stage. Students should remain at home until 24 hours after the fever has gone. This is for your child’s protection since he/she is susceptible to other illnesses during this time of fever.
If your child is coughing or sneezing a lot, he/she may have an upper respiratory infection and can spread those germs to others. Covering the mouth and nose and practicing good hand washing during these episodes, are the best defenses against the spread of germs. If a child has excessive coughing or sneezing, parents may be asked to keep the child at home.
If your child is vomiting due to an infection or virus, he/she needs to be kept home for 24 hours after the vomiting has stopped. Parents are notified to pick up a child vomiting at school.
Diarrhea is defined as frequent, loose bowel movements. Parents will be contacted to pick up a child with diarrhea at school. AISD requires that the child remain home for at least one full day after the diarrhea has stopped to prevent its spread. Fever, vomiting or diarrhea, may quickly dehydrate a child. Contact a doctor or clinic.
In cases of the common childhood illnesses such as measles, chicken pox, mumps, etc., AISD policy requires that you keep your child home and notify the school so that precautions may be taken.
All students are watched for signs of itching and discomfort from head lice. Head lice can spread to other students. If nits (lice eggs) are noted in your child’s hair, you will be notified with suggestions for resolving the problem. If live lice are found, the student will be sent home until treated. Please notify the office or your child’s teacher if the child has an outbreak of head lice or is being treated for head lice. The teacher/office staff/school nurse will then be able to check the other students in the room and notify parents to be watchful for cases of head lice. Click here for protocol.
In compliance with the Texas Department of Health immunization regulations, students must be current with immunizations in order to attend school. Students will be counted absent every day until they return with a current immunization record. Austin ISD must file a complaint against the parent/guardian and/or student, if a student is required to attend school and fails to do so without an excuse on 10 or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same year. The District may also file a complaint if 3 or more days or parts of days are missed without an excuse. An updated shot record or a doctor’s note is required for compliance.
Hand washing is one of the best preventative measures that your child can use to prevent the spread of germs. Please encourage your child to use good hand washing at home and at school, especially before meals and after using the restroom. Remind them to not share their lunches and drinks at school!
Please keep this information in a convenient place so you can refer to it as a guideline during the school year. If you have any questions or want to discuss any health issue, please contact the school office at 414-2369.