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COMFORT ISD IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

For more information click on link  below to be directed to the
Texas Department of State Health Services website
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school/default.shtm

 

ATTENTION ALL 6TH GRADE STUDENTS AND PARENTS

All students entering the 7th grade are required by the Texas Department State Health Services to have received the following additional vaccines:

  • Tdap
  • Meningococcal Vaccine
  • Varicella Vaccine - 2 doses or proof of having had the chickenpox disease

Please check with your physician as to which vaccine your student has not received. After receiving these vaccines, please bring a copy from your physician's office to your campus nurse. Providing proof from your physician's office of these vaccines to your school nurse prior to the end of this school year, will make your student's orientation in August go much smoother.

Zika Virus Protection and Prevention

Measures for Individuals to Protect Themselves from Mosquito Bites
* wear insect repellent,
*cover up with long-sleeved shirts and long pants,
    *keep mosquitoes out with air conditioning or intact window screens, and
*limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times.

Measures for Individuals to Prevent Mosquito Breeding
 At least weekly, carefully check the area around your home, school or workplace for mosquito breeding areas:
*clear and empty gutters;
*empty or get rid of cans, buckets, old tires, pots, plant saucers and other containers that hold water;
*remove standing water around structures and from flat roofs;
*change water in pet dishes daily;
*rinse and scrub vases and other indoor water containers weekly;
*change water in wading pools and bird baths several times a week;
*maintain backyard pools or hot tubs;
*cover trash containers;
*water lawns and gardens carefully so water does not stand for several days;
*screen rain barrels and openings to water tanks or cisterns; and
*treat front and back door areas of homes with residual insecticides if mosquitoes are abundant nearby.
 If mosquito problems persist, consider pesticide applications for vegetation around the home.

Measures to Protect Communities from Zika Virus
     *conduct neighborhood outreach about active precautions individuals can take to protect themselves and their families from  mosquito bites;
*initiate or enhance monitoring and surveillance of mosquito activity;
*develop a local contingency plan for mosquito abatement and surveillance, and plan for additional control measures if needed;
*keep public drains and ditches clear of weeds and trash so water will not collect;
*implement efforts to clean up illegal dump sites and collect heavy trash; and
*encourage people to report illegal dumpsites and standing water, and respond quickly to these complaints.

TexasZika.org Communications Resources
 Zika Communications Toolkit: http://www.texaszika.org/docs/TexasDSHSZikaCommunicationsToolkitII.pdf
 Sharable graphics for social media: http://www.texaszika.org/materials.htm#toolkit
 Fact sheets and posters: http://texaszika.org/materials.htm
Head Lice Information
 
As you may know, head lice cases have been on the rise. Please check your child/children frequently for head lice and/or nits and treat as necessary. Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live close to the human scalp. They feed on blood. The eggs, also called nits, are tiny, tear-drop shaped eggs that attach to the hair shaft. Nits often appear yellowish or white and can look like dandruff but cannot be removed or brushed off. The nymph, or baby louse, is smaller and grow to adult size in one to two weeks. The adult louse is the size of a sesame seed appears tan to grayish-white. An itchy and inflamed scalp is a common symptom of lice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information on how to treat your child if they have an infestation. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html

What is a SHAC?

 The Comfort ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) works to foster a culture of health and wellness for students, families and staff. Members consist of CISD parents, students, school personnel, and other community members. SHAC members meet 4-6 times a year to review Comfort ISD coordinated school health programs and make suggestions on ways we can improve the health and wellness of our Comfort ISD community.

 Why Do We Need a School Health Advisory Council?  

  1. It is Texas Law.     
  2. Research supports that healthy children do better in school- from attendance and

            behavior to academics and overall performance.  

  1. Schools play an important role in teaching lifelong healthy habits.          
  2. Healthy homes and healthy schools support healthy children.  

 What is Included in a Coordinated School Health Program? 

   The components of a coordinated school health program include:

  • Family and community involvement
  • Nutrition services
  • Physical education
  • Health education
  • Counseling, psychological and social services
  • Health services
  • Healthy school environment
  • Health promotion for school staff

 

The guide to the School Health Advisory Council can be downloaded from the DSHS School Health Program website at

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/sdhac.shtm

If you are interested in becoming a member of  SHAC next year, please see the CISD SHAC flyer below for more details. Once the form is filled out and received, you may be considered for becoming a member of the committee but final approval will be made by the district school board. Thank you so much for wanting to be involved.

SHAC Meeting Minutes