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Health Information for the 2019-20 School Year
Staff

Welcome to ESD!

We would like to introduce ourselves to you and help you navigate the health clinic and necessary forms for your student.

I am Carla Thomas, the Lower School Nurse. The children know me as “Nurse Carla” and I will be caring for your children’s illnesses and “boo-boos” while they are at school. I am a registered nurse with 40+ years’ experience in maternal-child health and am beginning my 18th year at ESD. I love caring for my little babies (the students) and my big babies (the faculty, staff and parents!) at ESD. I consider each one of them an extension of my own family!

I am Marcia Biggs, the Middle and Upper School Nurse. The kids usually call me Miss Biggs or Nurse Biggs. I, too, am a registered nurse, but I am younger than Nurse Carla (I had to rub that in) so I only have 25 years experience in treating the ”boo-boos.” We are a family for sure. It is a joy to take care of your kids!

As you complete your enrollment for your child, you will be asked to fill out many forms. And yes, that includes forms for the health clinic! Magnus Health is the provider of our secure web-based electronic medical record system and your child’s health records will be initiated online. This information is HIPPA and FERPA protected and is unique to each student.

Enrollment Requirements

ESD requires an annual physical exam on every student. You must also provide a current lifetime immunization record that is signed or stamped by the physician’s office; the immunization record must be submitted to the nurses for review no later than May 24, 2019. All new students must be fully immunized in accordance with the most current immunization schedule adopted by the Texas Department of State Health Services or have a medical exemption letter to enroll at ESD. To claim exclusions for medical reasons, a written statement shall be received from a board-certified allergy/immunology or hematology/oncology physician licensed by any state in the United States (M.D. or D.O.) who has examined the student and determines: (i) A vaccination to be medically contraindicated and injurious to the health and well-being of the child; or (ii) An allergy to the vaccination(s) identified in the statement and will suffer severe allergic reaction(s) described in the statement; or (iii) An immunodeficiency described in the statement and will suffer a serious health risk(s), which is also described in the statement, if the student receives the vaccination(s) specifically identified in the statement; and (iv) The child does not pose a health risk to the school or community if enrolled without receiving an immunization.

Other forms accessible online which should be completed, if applicable, are allergy and/or asthma forms and a “Parent Request to Administer Medication” form if your child will be taking a prescription medication in the clinic on a regular basis. Inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors do apply, so please complete this form if you will be supplying one of these medications for the clinic. An additional form will be required if your child will self-carry his/her inhaler or epinephrine auto-injector. If you note asthma or a severe allergy for your child, you will be required to complete an Asthma Action Plan or an Allergy Action Plan in Magnus Health as a checks and balance system. There are also Seizure and Diabetes Action Plans to complete if those conditions apply to your child. You will have access to the Magnus Health website once you receive your Senior Systems My Backpack login information. The login to Magnus Health will be the same as your My Backpack login. Magnus Health provides a code unique to each student; they will give you instructions for submitting the completed physical examination form so it is imported into the correct student chart. Please do not return these forms to the school.

ALL forms must be complete and on file in Magnus Health by July 26, 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: Your child’s enrollment is not considered complete until all health forms are approved in Magnus Health. Magnus Health will continue to send you email reminders as the deadline approaches if your forms are incomplete.

Upper School students will not be allowed to practice with athletics until all forms are complete and on file. Fall sports start practicing on August 5, 2019. Please make sure we have your forms so your child may play with us.

Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your precious children! Please do not hesitate to contact either of us if you have any questions or concerns.
 

In good health,

Marcia Biggs, RN
biggsm@esdallas.org

Carla Thomas, RN
thomasc@esdallas.org

Cara P. Holmes, Ph.D.
holmesc@esdallas.org