WHAT IS MENINGITIS?
Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria. Viral meningitis is most common and the least serious. Meningitis caused by bacteria is the most likely form of the disease to cause serious, long-term complications. It is an uncommon disease but requires urgent treatment with antibiotics to prevent permanent damage or death.
Bacterial meningitis can be caused by multiple organisms.Two common types are Streptococcus pneumoniae, with over 80 serogroups that can cause illness, and Neisseria meningitidis, with 5 serogroups that most commonly cause meningitis.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Someone with bacterial meningitis will become very ill. The illness may develop over one or two days, but it can also rapidly progress in a matter of hours. Not everyone with meningitis will have the same symptoms.
Children (over 1 year old) and adults with meningitis may have a severe headache, high temperature, vomiting, sensitivity to bright lights, neck stiffness, and drowsiness or confusion. In both children and adults, there may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots. These can occur anywhere on the body.
The diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is based on a combination of symptoms and laboratory results.
Somerville ISD must have a current shot record for every student that meets State requirements. If a student does not have all required immunizations they will not be allowed to attend school until they receive the delinquent immunizations.
Medications Prescription Medications:
Medication WILL NOT be administered before 7:30 a.m. All prescription medication must be a current prescription in its original prescribed container, and medication will ONLY be given as prescribed by your child’s physician. Students WILL NOT be permitted to carry medication during school or school activities unless approved by the school's health officer.
Over –The-Counter (OTC):
All OTC medications must be in original sealed container and will only be given with a note from a physician that states the frequency/dosage that is to be given to the student. OTC medications WILL NOT be administered for fever.
As Needed (PRN):
(epi-pens, asthma, diabetic etc.) All medications that are to be given as needed-PRN will be given as directed by physician, an action plan MUST be completed by physician and returned to Somerville ISD. Physician's orders and action plans MUST be updated every new school year by the first day of school or first day of administration of medication.
If a student is sent home with head lice they are not allowed to return to SISD until they are nit free.
If a parent/guardian is contacted about a sick student, the student MUST be picked up within an hour of the notification. If contact is made and there is less than an hour of school remaining the child will only be allowed to ride the bus home if the illness is believed to not be contagious. Students must be sent home if they are vomiting or have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher. Any student that is sent home for fever can NOT return until they have been fever free for 24 hours without medication.