Health Services News & Announcements
If your student(s) is awaiting test results (due to symptoms or known exposures) and/or has tested positive, please notify the campus nurse immediately per district policy. It is imperative that we track testing so that we can help identify and mitigate campus risks as well as meet quarantine guidelines.
Please be sure to screen your scholar AND other people living in the home before your scholar arrives on campus each day. Symptoms of concern include:
- Fever >100
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New cough
- New loss of taste or smell
- Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain
- New onset of headache
Please note that the symptoms we are seeing the most with POSITIVE cases include runny nose, headache, sore throat, and mild allergy-like symptoms. We have also encountered students who are testing positive but have had zero symptoms.
***If someone AT HOME is symptomatic, pending COVID test results, or has tested positive in the last 14 days please contact the campus nurse for guidance and quarantine protocols.
Please note that we cannot accept negative rapid antigen tests without a doctor's note clearing the student. Per district policy, we can only accept a negative PCR test or Viral RNA without a doctor's note accompanying it.
- If you would like to schedule a free PCR test you can click this LINK for locations and appointment availability.
If you have ANY doubt about your child’s symptoms or possibility of being ill, it is better to keep them home to monitor symptoms and notify the campus nurse to discuss the re-entry process.
Please take a moment to review our Student Process Map. This will explain the criteria if quarantine is needed with each case and how/when they will be able to return to campus.
Please understand that most non-emergency/first aid cases will be taken care of in the classroom by the teachers this year to decrease the risk of cross-contamination in the nurse's office.
Our community is experiencing a COVID surge at this time. We are working diligently on campuses to try and mitigate the spread including sanitizing the campus nightly as well as encouraging standard precautions daily in the classroom setting.
We are committed to providing engaging learning experiences every day for students in safe environments. The latter, right now, takes a village. We all need to do our part to follow safety protocols that keep ourselves and others around us safe and we're encouraging our staff, students, families, and community members to join us in that - whether it's wearing masks or staying home if they exhibit symptoms of illness.
School Nursing is defined as "a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and lifelong achievement and health of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning." (National Association of School Nurses, 2010)
Your Child's Health Matters
The Georgetown ISD Health Services staff believes that the ability for students to learn is directly related to the status of their health. Students with unmet health needs will have a difficult time engaging in the educational process. Georgetown ISD understands this and provides a professional registered nurse on every campus with the goal of promoting optimum health for all students and staff.
School Nurse Roles and Responsibilities
- Management of communicable illness through infection control measures (early detection, surveillance, reporting, and follow-up) and ensuring immunization compliance
- Provide health assessments and interventions for students and staff who become ill or have an injury
- Screen and evaluate findings in vision, hearing, scoliosis, and acanthosis nigricans (risk assessment for Type II diabetes)
- Administer medications according to district policy
- Case Management and education for students with chronic illness: diabetes, asthma, ADHD
- Provide pediatric special procedures: gastrostomy feedings, tracheostomy care, catheterizations, ventilation treatments, intravenous therapy
- Coordinates health care status and plans with parents, physicians, and school personnel
- Provide Health Education to students, staff, and parents
- Leadership and support for wellness activities
- Individual health counseling with students
Clinic Assistant (located at each High School)
- Provide support to the campus RN
- Provide first aid and administers medication
- Monitors immunization compliance and provides data entry