Maplebrook Elementary Health OfficeWelcome to Maplebrook Elementary, where I absolutely love working with our children and families. My priority is the health and safety of everyone on our campus. I work diligently on prevention of communicable diseases and the spread of illness. I encourage students and staff to stay home when they are ill, using as reference Humble ISD policy, the Texas Department of State Health, and the Harris County Health Department, among other governing bodies. If you have a question or concern about illness, please feel free to ask me about it.
In addition to prevention of disease, we know that chronic conditions need attention. Please notify me of health concerns about your children. I will be happy to discuss care they may need at school, including medication administration and treatments they may need during the school day. We can also discuss possible development of a personal health care plan for the school day and while your children are on field trips. (Nurses generally are not able to attend field trips).
There are a number of health issues that can require emergency care. This includes, but is not limited to, seizures, diabetes, asthma, and life-threatening allergies. I urge you to provide the necessary emergency medication and documents needed for the care of your children if they have a condition that could become an emergency.
Our faculty are trained in basic first aid, medication administration, and emergency care. Our staff complete the STOP THE BLEED program and are offered the opportunity to become CPR certified. Once an emergency plan is developed for a student, it is given to the staff that work with that child, including substitute teachers and bus drivers, as necessary.
Students with health conditions can learn more about how to care for themselves and be self-advocates. If you would like me to help teach your child about a health condition, please ask. When students come into the clinic, they are taught age appropriate basic first aid skills.
Throughout the course of the school year, a number of health screenings are performed per state law. Elementary school students receive vision and hearing screenings in Pre-K, KG, 1st, 3rd, and 5th, and anytime they move schools. Height and weight are generally checked every year. Girls' spinal screening is performed after the age of 10. Students also receive a screening exam for a condition that can indicate insulin resistance, called Acanthosis Nigricans. Staff and parents are free to request a screening if there is a question about whether vision or hearing may be affecting a child's learning.
Humble ISD Department of Health Services Mission
The mission of Humble ISD Health Services is to enhance the health and well being of the students, staff, and community, thus supporting the education of all students through maximizing their educational time.
Humble ISD Department of Health Services Vision
We see our professional school nurses as:
- Supporting the individual and collective health needs of students, staff and the community
- Acknowledging the diversity of cultures within the district
- Valuing the unique ideologies of students and families
- Educating the students, staff, and the community by promoting health and wellness
- Maintaining a superior level of professional competency as demonstrated by compliance with the Standards of Practice and Performance of School Nursing Practice