Hello! My name is Britni Hidalgo. I am excited to meet and provide care for your children. As the school nurse at Groves Elementary, I provide first aid and emergency care to staff and students. I also administer medications to students and staff, keep health records for all students, maintain student immunization records, conduct vision and hearing screenings, provide health and hygiene education, and work with the the principal, teachers and counselor to ensure students will be capable, curious, and confident learners.
Please feel free to contact me at any time (409) 962-1531 ext 6104
|Keeping The Nurse Informed!|
PLEASE CALL IN MORNING TO REPORT CHILDS ABSENCE (409) 962-1531
When Should My Child Stay Home?? It is very important that we have current phone numbers for all our students in case of emergency. Please call the school or the clinic if you have recently changed your home, work, or cell phone number so we can add that information to your child's Emergency Card. We also suggest that you add our school phone number (409-962-1531) to your phone Contacts List.
FEVER. Children should be without a fever and medication (99.6 degrees) for 24 hours before returning to school. Call the doctor if the fever is accompanied by other symptoms such as congestion, sore throat, cough, and earache, or unable to eat or drink etc.
CHILLS. A child with chills feels excessively cold and may be shivering, even when wrapped in blankets. Chills may be caused by a fever, flu, common cold, or virus – contact your doctor about your child’s symptoms.
VOMITING, NAUSEA, & DIARRHEA. A child who is throwing up or has diarrhea needs to stay home. Do not send your child back to school until he/she has gone 24 hours without vomiting or having diarrhea and is fever-free. Call the doctor if your child is both vomiting and having diarrhea or has a severe case of either.
SORE THROAT. If your child wakes up with a sore throat but no other symptoms, offer him juice or water to see if the discomfort was simply from dry air or post- nasal drip during the night. If he has a fever and the pain continues, call his doctor. Strep throat and other throat infections can only be diagnosed by a throat culture. If your child has Strep, he/she can return to school after being on antibiotics for 24 hours AND fever-free without medication for 24 hours. If your child is diagnosed with Strep Throat notify the school office as soon as possible.
COLDS. Keep a child with a cold at home only if he/she feels too tired to complete school activities or has a fever (>99.6 degrees). Kids are most contagious the first day of the cold – teach your children to blow/wipe their own nose, wash their hands, and cover their mouth when coughing. Because we cannot keep our kids out of school every time they are getting a cold, have a cold, or are getting over a cold, learning good hygiene (hand washing!) is important.
COUGHS. Keep your child home if a cough keeps them up at night, appears to get worse as their activity level increases or if they also have other symptoms, such as a fever, short of breath, or wheezing. You can send your child to school if the cough is just from an old cold and they feel okay otherwise. Call the doctor if the cough leads to difficulty breathing or the fever increases.
RASHES. Contagious diseases that cause the following rashes need to be reported to the school office: chickenpox, impetigo, scarlet fever, measles, fifth disease, ring worm, scabies. Call the doctor if the rash spreads, does not improve, or is accompanied by a fever. Do not send your child to school if they have an unknown cause of rash, please contact your health care provider. http://kidshealth.org/kid/ill_injure/aches/rashes.html
EAR INFECTIONS. Cold and flu that cause ear infections are contagious, but ear infections themselves are not. Your child can return to school once he has seen his health care provider and started medication (antibiotics).
GENERAL MUSCLE ACHES AND PAINS. Generalized aches and pains can be a sign of the flu. Cold and flu that cause aches and pains are contagious, but the general muscle aches are not. Your child can return to school once they are fever free or started on medications (antibiotics).
WHEEZING OR TROUBLE BREATHING. If your child is wheezing or has trouble breathing due to asthma, please contact the School Nurse to make arrangements to have an inhaler kept at school. If your child is having difficulty breathing or short of breath, call your healthcare provider.
PINKEYE. A child with bacterial conjunctivitis is highly contagious and should be kept home until he has been on prescription eye drops or ointment for 24 hours. If your child wakes up and the whites of his eyes are red, there is pus discharge, and/or the eyelashes are matted shut, call your health care provider and do not send your child to school.
HEAD LICE Lice lay eggs (nits) that attach to the shaft of the hair. Shampoos (pediculocides) can be purchased over-the-counter – follow the instructions exactly on the box. All nits must be removed from the hair before the child can be readmitted to class. A physician’s visit is not necessary, but you do need to notify the school so appropriate classroom lice checks can be conducted. http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/common/head_lice.html#
|Breakfast Build Brains!!!|
|It is important for kids to eat breakfast everyday, but what they eat in the morning is crucial too.Choosing foods that are rich in whole grains, fibers and protein, while low in added sugar may boost kid's attention span, concentration and memory-- which they need to learn in school.It also helps from the morning tummy aches.
Studies have shown that school absenteeism due to illness is reduced when children practice good handwashing. Please teach, model, and encourage your child to wash their hands freqeuently and especially after coughing or sneezing, before and after meals, after using the restroom, and after playing outside. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze!
If your child will be taking medication during the school day, please bring the prescribed and/or over the counter medications in the original container with the student's name on it along with consent form (found under files) to my office.
PLEASE NOTE: All medications must be picked by parent before the end of the last school day. NO medications will be kept over summer.
Forms and Instructions
2016-2017Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirment.pdf
Girls Film Permission Forms GE