jana grimes

Jana Grimes, RN

School Nurse

Health Services

email: jkgrimes@mabankisd.net

Tabithia Henderson

Health Aide

Health Services

email: tmhenderson@mabankisd.net

  • Student Illness Policy

    When your child is ill, please contact the school to let us know he or she won’t be attending that day. It is important to remember that schools are required to exclude students with certain illnesses from school for periods of time as identified in state rules. For example, if your child has a fever over 100 degrees, he or she must stay out of school until fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications. In addition, students with diarrheal illnesses must stay home until they are diarrhea free without diarrhea-suppressing medications for at least 24 hours. A full list of conditions for which the school must exclude children can be obtained from the school nurse. If a student becomes ill during the school day, he or she must receive permission from the teacher before reporting to the school nurse. If the nurse determines that the child should go home, the nurse will contact the parent. The district is also required to report certain contagious (communicable) diseases or illnesses to the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) or our local/regional health authority. The school nurse can provide information from TDSHS on these notifiable conditions. Contact the school nurse if you have questions or if you are concerned about whether or not your child should stay home.


    Medication that must be administered to a student during school hours must be provided by the student’s parent. All medication, whether prescription or nonprescription, must be kept in the nurse’s office and administered by the nurse or another authorized district employee. The district will not purchase medication to give to a student. District employees will not give a student prescription medication, nonprescription medication, herbal substances, anabolic steroids, or dietary supplements, with the following exceptions: Only authorized employees, in accordance with policy FFAC, may administer:

    • Prescription medication, in the original, properly labeled container, provided by the parent, along with a written request.
    • Prescription medication from a properly labeled unit dosage container filled by a registered nurse 64 or another qualified district employee from the original, properly labeled container.
    • Nonprescription medication, in the original, properly labeled container, provided by the parent along with a written request.
    • Herbal or dietary supplements provided by the parent only if required by the student’s individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan for a student with disabilities.
  • Head Lice information

    Mabank Schools are enforcing a “no nit” policy, which means that any student with nits will be sent home for treatment by parents. It is important to remember that all students are subject to compulsory attendance, so quick action is critical should your child become infected.

    By carefully following the steps below, you can remedy the spread of lice:

    • Examine your child’s hair and scalp and other family members once each week.
    • If lice or nits are discovered, use a lice killing treatment such as “Nix”. Then you must “pick the nits”. Remove all of the nits by pulling, picking, cutting and combing them out of the hair. Treatment must be repeated in 7-10 days to be effective. One nit can reinfest your child’s hair.
    • Wash all clothing and bedding in extremely hot water if it has come into contact with nits. Dry in a hot dryer. For non-washables, place in a sealed plastic bag for 14 days.
    • Thoroughly vacuum rugs, upholstered furniture, and car seats. Spray household furniture and beds with a lice control spray.
    • Wash your hands and your child’s hands thoroughly, especially under the nails. Watch for head scratching because it may be an early warning sign.
    • Never share combs, hair brushes, hats, barrettes, and other personal items.

    By working together, we can eliminate the problem of lice in our homes and schools.

    Please contact your child’s school if you have any additional questions.