No Tolerance Policy
McKinney Independent School District – School Health Services
McKinney ISD has a no tolerance policy for students in possession of medication of any kind, including herbal supplements, vitamins, and all over the counter medications including cough drops/lozenges. All medications must be delivered and picked up by a parent or guardian. Students are not allowed to drop off or take home their medication(s) from the school clinic. All medications are to be stored in the nurse’s office with the exception of prescribed medications for the treatment of asthma, anaphylaxis and diabetes. Please see the campus nurse if your child has one of these conditions.
Students with asthma or anaphylaxis may carry prescribed inhalers or medications provided written authorization from the parent or guardian is given to the campus nurse as well as a written statement from the student’s physician or licensed health care provider stating that the student has asthma or anaphylaxis and is capable of self-administering the prescribed medication. The physician must also provide written information of the name and purpose of the medication and the prescribed dosage. All medications must be examined and approved by the campus nurse and must also have the prescription label on the medication.
In accordance with a student’s individual health plan for management of diabetes, a student with diabetes will be permitted to possess and use monitoring and treatment supplies and equipment while at school or at a school-related activity. See the school nurse for information [See policy FFAF.]
All other medications must be stored in the campus clinic in the original container clearly labeled with the student’s name. Failure to store medication in the campus clinic or follow the above mentioned procedure may result in serious disciplinary action.
Celebrations the McKinney Way
McKinney Independent School District School- Health Advisory Committee
Educating, Eating Right and Exercising
As you know, the future health of our children is important. During the 2009-2010 school year, the McKinney ISD Health Advisory Committee voted in support of a recommendation to no longer allow parents to bring homemade treats into the school for birthdays and the designated three parties per school year. For the school year 2011-2012, we have taken this decision a step further to ensure the health and safety of our students. Our focus included food allergies, diversity of diets, obesity and its related health conditions, and the overall safety of our students. Therefore, we will no longer be celebrating birthdays with parties in the cafeteria or classroom with any food items. We want our focus to be on the children’s health and wellness as healthy, stronger bodies equal stronger minds.
We also encourage parents, if snacks are sent to school, to only send healthy snacks that fuel the brain for learning.
Beginning the 2012-2013 school year, the food options of the three designated parties per year will be decided by the campus administrator working with the campus coordinated health team and PTA/PTO representatives.
All of these party options will continue to have only pre-packaged food items, with a nutritional label, allowed, only one of the food items may be a food of minimal nutritional value (FMNV) for each child. These options will continue to increase awareness in our children and parents, and eliminate a potential life-threatening danger from food allergies. We really appreciate your support and assistance in protecting our students.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Julie Blankenship BSN RN, MISD School Health Advisory Chair/Director of Health Services at JBlankenship@mckinneyisd.net . Again, thank you for assisting our health and wellness team in protecting our children and offering a better way to celebrate those special days at school.
The MISD School Health Advisory Committee
Celebrations the McKinney Way 08.02.2011; Rev 08.26.2013