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District Nurse: Sara Sanders, RN, BSN

Phone: 512-898-2912

Fax: 512-898-5541




Services provided by the school nurse include:

  • Student and faculty health promotion
  • Student and faculty safety
  • Health care education, counseling, and guidance to students, families, and staff
  • Identification of health concerns by observation and assessment
  • Medication management and administration
  • Immunization verification 
  • Vision, hearing, and scoliosis screenings
  • Provision of care empowering students to excel physically, mentally, and academically


Is my child too ill to attend school?

Parents are often confronted with this decision when their child complains of not feeling well. These guidelines are based on state attendance requirements and may be helpful in determining if your child should attend school. In addition, please consider your child’s comfort level when making a decision about school attendance. The guidelines do not cover every medical condition and do not take the place of seeking medical attention. Please consult your child’s primary care provider for specific medical advice.

  • Fever: A fever is a sign of illness. A child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher should not attend school. The child should be free of fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications before returning to school.
  • Sore Throat/Colds/Cough: Minor cold and seasonal allergy symptoms are common and usually don't interfere with school attendance. A persistent, frequent cough and/or constant nasal drainage may affect your child's performance at school and they may be more comfortable at home.
  • Rash: If your child has an unidentified rash that is causing excessive discomfort, they should not attend school until the cause of rash is identified. If your child has a rash accompanied with other symptoms such as fever, sore throat, irritability, vomiting, or drainage from the rash, they should not attend school.
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea: A child who has vomited should be able to retain solid foods before returning to school. A child who is having frequent diarrhea should not attend school. A child should not attend school if they have had vomiting or diarrhea within the previous 24 hours. 



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