School Nurses

Purpose

  • ESC Region 11 strives to provide districts and charters with quality professional development, technical assistance, and resources related to the Coordinated School Health Model, including vision, hearing, and spinal screening.





NCTTRAC


  • Face-to-Face Vision and Hearing Screening Certification Classes Resume

    DSHS is resuming face to face classes beginning July 20 and July 21 at ESC Region 11. Classes are limited to 10 participants. Register at  https://registration.esc11.net/.

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Vision/Hearing Classes 2021

  • We have received direction from the state to continue to provide vision and hearing recertification training online until further notice.

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    To schedule a Vision/Hearing Recertification class, contact Sheron Fountain directly at:

    Texas Department of State Health Services

    1301 South Bowen Road, Suite 200

    Arlington, TX 76013

    sheron.fountain@dshs.texas.gov

    Cell (817)201-6338

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    Participants who were trained virtually during the pandemic must sign up for an in-person recertification class and  have the practicum at that time before their provisional certification expires.

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    To schedule a Vision/Hearing Recertification class, contact Sheron Fountain directly at:

    Texas Department of State Health Services

    1301 South Bowen Road, Suite 200

    Arlington, TX 76013

    sheron.fountain@dshs.texas.gov

    Cell (817)201-6338

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  • Spinal Screening 2021: Announcement from DSHS

    There will be no in-person Spinal Screening trainings conducted by DSHS Staff until further notice.

    Therefore, we are providing training virtually, until we can conduct in-person certification. For those without a current certification, we will provide participants with a provisional certification valid through December 31, 2022. These participants will not be required to do the practicum portion of the training at this time. However, they will need to sign up for an in-person spinal training class and will have the practicum at that time before their provisional certification expires.

    Please direct requests for spinal screening trainings to Sylvia Millsap at Sylvia.Millsap@dshs.texas.gov.

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  • Regarding Screening Rules During 2020-2021 School Year  

    ANNOUNCEMENT:

    Health and Safety Code, Chapter 36 and 25 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 37 require Public, Private, Parochial, and Denominational Schools (Schools) and Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Licensed Child Care Centers and Licensed Child Care Homes (Child Cares) to screen children for vision, hearing and spinal problems.

    The Health Screening Group understands the challenges that schools and school districts are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Although screening is still required for this school year, DSHS understands the need for flexibility and advises schools and school districts to assess their capacity to safely conduct screenings.  Schools and child cares with the capacity to screen should notify parents and follow best practices previous developed by the department (<hyperlink to our Best Practices document>).  Parents who choose not to participate at this time may decline screenings.

    DSHS recommends schools notify the parents of children who have missed or will miss a screening. This notification should inform parents of the missed screening and encourage them to ask for screenings at their child’s next well-child appointment with their medical provider. If a parent suspects their child has a vision, hearing, or spinal problem they should notify the school nurse or school administration for assistance in obtaining a screening. The Health Screening Group has developed sample letters for parents for vision and hearing screening (below) and spinal screening (below) that schools may use.

    The Child Health Reporting System (CHRS) opens for 2020-2021 reporting on January 15 and closes June 30.  School districts and child cares who conducted screenings should enter their screening results as usual.  The schools and child cares who were unable to screen children this year due to COVID-19 should still report in CHRS by entering zeroes in the number fields.  Doing this indicates the school districts and child cares have reported their data and will not appear on the “Did Not Report” list.

    Instructions for adding zeroes are located under “Announcements” on our website located at: www.dshs.texas.gov/vhs .  

    Please contact the Vision, Hearing and Spinal Screening Program at vhssprogram@dshs.texas.gov if you have questions or concerns.
     

    Schools should follow these guidelines for students to obtain visionhearing and spinal screenings that are receiving in person or online instructions.  

    • Send a letter to parents notifying them in advance that screenings will be conducted on designated dates
    • Request parent to please bring student receiving online instructions to the school so screenings may be performed in accordance with the statutes
    • In lieu of the screening(s) provided by the school:
      1. parents or guardians may provide screening record signed by a licensed professional
      2. parents or guardians may provide signed statement that the vision, hearing or spinal screening conflicts with the tenets and practices of a church or religious denomination of which the affiant is an adherent or member

     

    SUBJECT: INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING VISION, HEARING AND SPINAL SCREENING ANNUAL REPORTS FOR FACILITIES THAT WERE UNABLE TO SCREEN FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR (ADDING ZEROES).

      If you have any questions, please email VHSSprogram@dshs.texas.gov.

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  • School Vaccination Rules 2020-2021 (June 17, 2020)

    School vaccination rules are in effect for the 2020-2021 school year.  Students should be up-to-date, in the process of receiving vaccines, or have a valid exemption on file when school starts in the fall. For a list of vaccine requirements for K-12, Pre-K, and child-care facilities, go to the Texas School & Child-Care Facility webpage

    For a list of providers who offer low-cost vaccines, go to the Texas Vaccines for Children Provider Locator webpage.

    This information is posted on the COVID-19 School Updates webpage.

    Best,
    Julie Ketelsen MPH, CHES
    School Compliance Coordinator
    Assessment, Compliance, and Evaluation Group
    Immunization Unit
    Department of State Health Services
    512-776-6470 or 512-776-7544
    www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize


  • Rounds Training

    I am excited to announce that Cook Children’s Pediatric Grand Rounds is back- Virtually! I have attached the upcoming dates and topics for you. If you would like to be included automatically to receive future Grand Rounds emails, please let me know, and I will get you in touch with our continuing education coordinator.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any needs or questions regarding Cook Children’s! We are here for you and happy to help.

    Thank you!

    Jody McCauley
    Physician Liaison 
    682-583-0937
    jody.mccauley@cookchildrens.org

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