Student Health

The Post Oak School is committed to providing safe care for students in collaboration with school staff and families.

We employ a proactive safety program that focuses on prevention to maximize the health and safety of children and faculty and minimize the risk of accidents and injuries. The nurse works with faculty, staff, athletic coaches, school counselors, and families to ensure that the following services are managed and provided in compliance with all relevant laws.


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Judith McDonald

Judith McDonald

BS in Biopsychology University of Michigan
BS in Nursing Texas Woman's University
BLS/ACLS Certified
Vision/Hearing/Spinal Screening Trained


We cannot admit your child to school if one or more of the following conditions exist:

  • The illness prevents the child from participating comfortably in normal school activities, including outdoor play;
  • The illness/injury requires more care than teachers can provide without compromising the health, safety, and supervision of the other children in the class;
  • The child has one of the following, unless medical evaluation by a healthcare professional indicates that child is well enough to attend school:
    • Oral temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater, accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness
    • Symptoms and signs of possible severe illness, such as lethargy, abnormal breathing, uncontrolled diarrhea, two or more vomiting episodes in 24 hours, rash with fever, mouth sores with drooling, behavior changes, or other signs that the child may be severely ill
    • A healthcare professional has diagnosed the child with a communicable disease, and the child does not have medical documentation to indicate that the child is no longer contagious (see Communicable Diseases below).

These guidelines are taken from the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services Minimum Standards for Licensed Schools and Centers. For more guidelines on when to keep your child home, please see the conditions below.

Common Conditions and Guidelines for When to Keep Your Child Home

Communicable Diseases

This section is adapted from Appendix VI of Minimum Standards for Child-Care Centers from the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. For more details please see the Communicable Disease Chart for Schools and Child-Care Centers issued by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Any time your child is diagnosed with a communicable disease, or if you are unsure if your child has been diagnosed with a communicable illness, please contact the school nurse so that the appropriate notifications can be made. Common communicable illnesses include but are not limited to the common cold virus; hand, foot, and mouth; fifth disease; impetigo; wound and skin infections; “ringworm;” head lice; roseola; mononucleosis; RSV.

Per TDFPS, children must follow the communicable disease exclusions required for schools as defined by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Children excluded for a communicable disease may be readmitted by a written note from a healthcare worker: a physician, local health authority, advance practice nurse, or physician’s assistant. A school may require a note from a parent or healthcare worker for readmission regardless of the reason for the absence.

Exclusion from Attendance

Exclusion from attendance is fully specified in the Texas Administrative Code. The major criterion for exclusion from attendance is the probability of spread from person to person. A child may have a non-communicable illness yet require care at home or in a hospital.

Return to School After an illness

It can be difficult to determine whether or not your child is ready to come back to school. If you have any questions about this, you may contact the school nurse. Absolute guidelines include:

  • Your child must be free of fever without the aid of fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school. However, we recommend your child is fully recuperated and well rested prior to returning to school.
  • Please do not send your child back to school until any diarrhea has completely subsided.

Per TDFPS, children must follow the communicable disease exclusions required for schools as defined by the Texas Department of State Health Services. You can access this information here.

Early Departure Due to Illness

If a child needs to go home due to illness, usually the lead teacher or the school nurse will call the parents to arrange for pick-up. The child is escorted to the reception area, and the receptionist is informed about the pick-up arrangements.

Injuries and Emergencies

Post Oak employees respond immediately following designated procedures for minor injuries, serious injuries, and emergencies if an injury or emergency occurs. All faculty and staff receive training in first aid, CPR, and the use of AEDs every two years. Each classroom is equipped with a first-aid kit which is inspected regularly.

Parents and guardians are asked, upon enrollment, to keep their profile updated through My BackPack and Magnus, empowering the school to seek and approve emergency medical treatment in the event the parent cannot be reached.

Medical Release for an Injured Student

If your child is injured and is unable to participate in physical fitness or athletics or requires the use of a bandage, cast, or mobility aid (crutches, etc.), please provide a note from your child’s pediatrician or the treating physician to the school nurse. It should include the student’s ability/restrictions to participate in physical fitness or athletics. A medical release will be required to resume full activity.

Asthma Care at School

Students with asthma should submit an annual Asthma Action Plan signed by the physician and parent. Those who require medication at school (either inhaler or nebulizer) must submit Medication Authorization Forms to the school nurse.

The 77th Texas Legislature enacted House Bill 1688, which amends the Education Code to entitle a student with asthma to possess and self-administer prescription asthma medication while on school property or at a school-related event or activity. The bill specified the conditions under which a student is entitled to possess and self-administer asthma medication.

Seizures and Epilepsy

Parents of students with newly diagnosed seizures or epilepsy should provide information to the school prior to the student’s attendance. It is essential that the school have a health plan that describes the care needed while at school. The school should know the antiepileptic medications (AEDs) your child is taking, and when dosages are adjusted to be aware of possible side effects.

An annual Seizure Action Plan signed by the physician and parent is required to be on file in Magnus for all identified students. The action plan will identify any antiepileptic medications or first aid required at school or in the event of an emergency. For those who require emergency medication, the action plan will contain details of how and when to provide the medicine. Medications kept at school must also have a Medication Dispensing Form uploaded to Magnus.

During a seizure, the teachers and staff will remain with the student, being calm and reassuring, observing and noting the time of the seizure. The student should not be restrained, and nothing should be placed in the mouth. The action plan must be followed. If necessary, emergency medical staff must be contacted, and emergency medication administered if the health plan indicates.

Animals at School

Some classes at the Bissonnet Campus do have a variety of animals. Please indicate on your parent profile in My BackPack if your child has an allergy to animal hair or dander. The teacher will check this information before introducing an animal to the class. In addition, some children have fears about animals; it will be helpful to inform the teacher in writing about such fears.