Wellness Zone

Welcome to the Lawson Clinic Wellness Zone!

My name is Jean Begala, RN.  I am a Registered Nurse with over 20 years  of experience in the Nursing profession.  Caring for the children of Lawson is the most rewarding job and I love to see the children each day.

Growing up in a house where my family came to the USA from Cuba has allowed me time to become fluent in Spanish.

Please feel free to call me anytime you have a question of a concern.  I can be reached at 469-302-2404 or by e-mail jbegala@mckinneyisd.net


Can my child come to school?

How do you know if your child is allowed to come to school after being sick?

  1. No fever.
  2. Your child must be fever free for 24 hours without using Tylenol or Motrin.
  3. No vomiting, No diarrhea
  4. Your child must be free of vomiting or diarrhea for a full 24 hours without using medications that control vomiting/diarrhea.


If a doctor prescribes antibiotics the child must be on the medication for a full 24 hours before returning to school.

Your child’s absence will be excused with a written note by the doctor or you the parent.

Your School Nurse, Jean Begala,RN is available to answer your questions, please call her at 469-302-2404.

How to write an absence excuse

Anytime your child misses a day or more of school, you need to write a note to their teacher.  Here is a basic note that contains all the needed information.

Today’s Date _________

Dear __________ (teacher),

___________(Your Child’s name) was absent from school on ________ (list all the days) because he/she was ___________(list why absent, like sick or family problem etc….).   Sign it with your name and a phone number we can call if we have a question.

If they were sick, you will need to add the following information:

What type of illness

The last day/time they had fever, vomiting or diarrhea

The last date/time they were given Tylenol/Motrin or medication

Did they go to the doctor?  If so, when/where?

All of this information is very helpful in caring for your child after they have been out.

If your child is sick, keep them at home and take them to the doctor, sick children should never come to school.  Remember that Tylenol/Motrin are NEVER a cure to any illness, they simply help stop the fever/pain.  WHY the child has fever is what needs to be determined by the doctor so they can get the right medicine.

If you ever need help deciding whether or not to send your child to school, call the school nurse.  She is happy to work with you.

Jean Begala, RN     469-302-2404