Maisha Guillory, MSN, RN
Program Director, Health Services
Foster Care Liason
Health Program Mission Statement
The Aldine Independent School District Health Program shall advance the well-being, academic success and lifelong achievement of all students. School nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.
Health Program Goals
All clinics are staffed with Registered Nurses whose primary goal is the help students, staff and community members obtain and maintain optimal health.The goals of the school health services program are:
- To support health instruction which guides students towards becoming individuals who make responsible decisions about personal, family, and community health.
- To advocate and help provide an environment conducive to the promotion and maintenance of health.
- To detect and provide nursing care for any known or suspected physical condition which impedes learning or threatens optimum health.
- To encourage students to take an active role in managing their health.
- To act as liaisons for schools, homes, community agencies, physicians, and other health personnel.
- To achieve acceptable levels of compliance with federal, state, and local health regulations.
- To maintain and utilize current individual and collective health data.
- To provide learning and growth experiences for students, staff and community members.
Immunization schedules for Adults and Children
Immtrac – an immunization registry that parents can access
Local Immunization Clinics
Antoine Health Clinic
5815 Antoine, Suite A
Houston, Texas 77091
Humble Health Clinic
1730 Humble Place Drive
Humble, Texas 77338
The Vaccine Clinic
Northside 1 (map)
5990 Airline Dr., Suite 130
Houston, TX 77076
Northside 2 (map)
5990 Airline Dr., Suite 200
Houston, TX 77076
For more information visit: http://thevaccineclinic.com/
Harris County Hospital District Health Services
Harris County Public Health and Human Services
Northwest Assistance Ministries
Prevent Blindness Texas partners with Vision Service Plan, Luxottica Group Foundation, providing free eye exams and/or eyeglasses to those adults and children who otherwise could not afford them. Through strategic partnerships, we are able to connect the people we serve to appropriate eye care.
Visit their website for more information:
Eye Care for Kids
Eye Care for Kids provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income children who would not otherwise be able to afford it. Eye Care for Kids Foundation believes that every child, regardless of their parent’s income, deserves the opportunity to see clearly in order to function in the classroom.
Our mission is to empower children to reach their full educational and social potential through vision. With clear vision, those who benefit from our program are given an equal opportunity to succeed in school and have a greater chance of growing into confident, self-reliant members of the community.
For more information and to apply for services, visit their website:
THE VISION STATION PROJECT: A COMMUNITY EYE CARE INITIATIVE
Visual Compassion, InFOCUS, EyePunk and its mission partners are working together to expand access to primary eye care for children and adults who are “outside the loop” of medical services. Our objective is to increase access to affordable vision care for needy families. The larger aim is to help people enjoy the many benefits of healthy eyes and clear vision.
Incarnation Teen Clinic
8230 N. Antoine
Houston, TX 77088 Northwest/Aldine Area Call for appointments:
Mondays: 12:00 pm-4:00 pm
Serving ages 11-19
Ministry Assistance of Near NW Alliance (MANNA)
1806 W. 43rd
Houston TX 77018 North Loop Area
Wednesdays: 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Call for appointment: 713.686.6440 x202
For Information visit:
The Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) Dental program provides basic dental services to eligible children of the HCPHES clinics. Currently, dental services are offered at the Antoine and at the Southeast Clinic
HCPHES Antoine Health Clinic
5815 Antoine, Suite A – Houston, Texas 77091
Hours: Mon., Wed. and Fri.: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
For more information visit:
Resources For Parents
Medicaid/CHIP Food and Other Benefits
How to get help and apply for benefits through the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Ways we can help you
- Health Care
- 65 or older / disabilities
- Cash Help
- Other Programs
You now can apply for benefits without going to an HHSC benefits office. You can apply by online, filling out a paper form, or calling us.
Find out if you might be able to get benefits.
- Click on the “Should I apply?” box.
- Fill out a short form.
Apply for benefits.
- Click on the “Apply for benefits” box.
- Set up an account.
- Fill out the form.
- Send the form to us by clicking a button at the end of the form.
View your case
- Click on the “View my case” box.
- Set up an account or log into the account you created.
- You can do the following in this section of the site:
- Check your application status.
- Check your interview time.
- Check your case status.
- Find out if we got items you sent.
- Get a receipt for items you sent.
- See which items we still need from you.
- Print the application you sent.
- See Medicaid services and health history.
- See which benefits you get.
- See your benefit amounts.
- Update your address or phone number
What is CHIP?
CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) is private health insurance coverage for children. It is designed for families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but still can’t afford to buy insurance.
CHIP will cover doctor visits when your child is sick, and preventative services such as regular check-ups, immunizations, x-rays, hearing and vision tests, and dental exams. Hospital stays, surgery, and services for children with disabilities and special health care needs will be covered, too.
Children, newborn through age 18, in families with income up to $33,400 (for a family of four).
How to contact CHIP?
This information will be announced on radio and television, on billboards and buses, and at community locations such as grocery stores, fast food restaurants, in the schools, churches, hospitals and doctor’s offices. You can call to request more information toll free at 1.877.543.7669 or you can apply online.
What can I do on this website?
You can do the following on this secure website:
- Apply for CHIP / Children’s Medicaid benefits by filling out and sending an online application.
- Check the status of your application.
If you are approved for CHIP, you can:
- Pick your CHIP medical and dental plans.
- Search for CHIP doctors and dentists in your area.
- Apply to renew your benefits.
- Update your address, phone numbers, and email address.
How do I get started?
Click “Create New Account to start”. If you’ve logged in before, just enter your user name and password.
Need to check on your CHIP case?
If you already have an account, you can log in with either:
- The user name and password you created
- Your CHIP case number and password.
New users: If you sent us your application by mail or fax, we sent you a temporary user name and password by letter or email. You must use it to view your CHIP case. Once you log in, you can change your user name and password.
Qué es CHIP?
CHIP es un programa de seguro médico privado para niños.Está diseñado para las familias que ganan demasiado dinero para calificar para Medicaid pero que no pueden pagar un seguro médico.
¿Qué cubre CHIP?
CHIP cubre las visitas al médico cuando su hijo esté enfermo y los servicios preventivos tales como visitas regulares, vacunas, radiografías del tórax, evaluaciones de la vista y el oído y exámenes dentales. También cubre estadías en el hospital, cirugías y servicios para niños discapacitados y con necesidades de cuidado especial.
¿Quién califica para CHIP?
Todos los niños, desde el nacimiento hasta los 18 años de edad de familias con un salario de hasta $33,400 dólares (para una familia de cuatro personas).
¿Cómo puedo comunicarme con CHIP?
Esta información se anuncia por radio o por televisión, en los avisos publicitarios y los autobuses y en localidades comunitarias tales como las tiendas de comestibles, los restaurantes de comida rápida, las escuelas, las iglesias, los hospitales y los consultorios médicos. 1-877-543-7669 ohttps://www.texkid.org/CISS/
¿Qué puedo hacer en este sitio web?
Puede hacer lo siguiente en este sitio web seguro:
Solicitar beneficios de CHIP/Medicaid para Niños al llenar y enviar una solicitud de beneficios por Internet.
Revisar el estado de su solicitud.
Si es aprobado para recibir beneficios de CHIP puede:
Escoger su plan médico y dental.
Encontrar doctores o dentistas en su área.
Solicitar para renovar sus beneficios.
Actualizar su dirección, número de teléfono y dirección de correo electrónico.
¿Cómo comenzar? ¿Necesita solicitar beneficios? Para comenzar haga clic en “Crear cuenta nueva”. Si ya ha entrado al sistema anteriormente, sólo entre su nombre de usuario y contraseña. ¿Necesita revisar el estado de su caso de CHIP? Los ususarios que ya ha entrado al sistema pueden entrar al sistema con:
Su nombre de usuario y la contraseña que creó.
Su número de caso de CHIP y su contraseña.
Nuevos usuarios: Si nos envió su solicitud por correo o por fax, le enviamos una carta con un nombre de usuario y contraseña temporeros. Debe usarlos para ver su caso de CHIP. Una vez entre al sistema, puede cambiar su nombre de usuario y contraseña.
Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. Other types of abuse, such as sexual abuse, emotional abuse or child neglect, also leave deep, long-lasting scars. By learning common types of abuse and where to get help, you can make a huge difference in a child’s life.
Child abuse prevention means understanding and using the best strategies and techniques to recognize the symptoms and patterns of abuse before they occur. This can be achieved by providing families and communities with education, support and resources. If you would like more information, feel free to visit your school nurse, counselor or social worker, or browse through the websites listed below.
To learn more, click here:
- US Department of Health and Human Services
- Texas Department of Protective and Family Services, A Parent’s Guide To CPS
- Kidscape Child Abuse Signs and Symptoms
If you have cause to believe that a child has been sexually, physically or emotionally abused or neglected in any way, please report. All employees of public, charter or private schools as well as day care facilities are required by law to report any known or suspected abuse.
Child Abuse Hotlines
To report abuse or neglect in Texas, call 1-800-252-5400 or 1-800-458-9858
To get help or report abuse anywhere in the US or Canada, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1.800.422.4453).
Texas Department Of Family and Protective Services
In Texas, anyone who suspects that a child is being abused or neglected has a legal obligation to report it. Professional reporters are required to report suspicion of abuse or neglect within 48 hours.
A Professional Reporter is anyone licensed or certified by the state or works for an agency or facility licensed or certified by the state and has contact with children as a result of their normal duties. By law, professionals may not delegate their duty to report to another person such as a coworker or family member.
Professional reporters include, but are not limited to:
- Daycare employees
- Employees of a clinic or health care facility that provides reproductive services
- Juvenile probation, detention or correctional officers
It is the responsibility of professionals to report and the responsibility of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate allegations or suspicions of abuse or neglect.
This training seeks to provide school staff with the following:
- Abuse and neglect definitions
- Introduction of two realistic abuse/neglect reporting scenarios
- A walk-through of the web-based e-Reporting system
- Guidance on commonly asked questions
- Approximate Time to Complete Course: 1 hour
You will have the opportunity to earn and print a “Certificate of Completion” at the conclusion of the course “Review”.
Reporting Suspected Abuse or Neglect of a Child Training
- the student is pregnant and attending classes on a district campus;
- the pregnancy prenatal period prevents the student from attending classes on a district campus; and
- the pregnancy postpartum period prevents the student from attending classes on a district campus.
Texas Education Code §29.081(d), identifies a student at risk of dropping out of school if the student is pregnant or is a parent. The rules for operation of a PRS program can be located in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Section 129.1025, Student Attendance Accounting Handbook, Section IX located on the TEA website.
The district may choose to offer both support services components and the CEHI component or only the CEHI component in a PRS program.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
The education provisions of the McKinney-Vento Act were designed to protect the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
If your current address is a temporary living arrangement and it is due to loss of housing or economic hardship, you may meet the definition of displaced or homeless status. Please contact the registrar at your child’s school to fill out a student residency questionnaire or contact the Homeless Liaison.
The Act’s Key Provisions
The McKinney-Vento Act (Section 725) specifies and protects the rights of children and youth in homeless situations. Highlights include:
- Immediate Enrollment – The right to be enrolled immediately in school, without immunization or academic records, and birth certificate.
- Choice of Schools – A student who is displaced or experiencing homelessness has two choices in deciding which school to attend:
- The school of origin (the school the student attended when he/she became homeless).
- The school in the zone where the student is currently residing.
- Transportation – Students who are displaced or in homeless situations are entitled to transportation to and from the school of origin, if it is feasible, in the student’s best interest, and requested by the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth.
- Services – Students experiencing homelessness are entitled to the same programs and services that are available to other children in the District, such as gifted and talented education, special education, vocational education, English Language Learner services, and tutoring.
- Dispute Resolution – If problems arise between the school and parents or between districts, the parent shall be referred to the school’s homeless liaison. In the meantime, the student must be immediately enrolled or if enrolled, remain in school and receive transportation pending the outcome of the dispute resolution process.
Homeless Educational Liaison
Aldine ISD is committed to identifying and serving all displaced students or those experiencing homelessness. Aldine ISD may also offer additional assistance to students and their families experiencing homelessness. If you require additional information, contact the Homeless Liaison at 281.985.6425.
Aldine ISD Dispute Resolution Procedure for Homeless Students & Families
The McKinney-Vento Act, Education of Homeless Youth Program, Subtitle VII-B, Section 722(g)(3), provides the following guidance regarding enrollment disputes:
If a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment, the child/youth must be immediately admitted to the school in which he/she is seeking enrollment, pending resolution of the dispute [Sec. 722(g)(3)(E)(i)];
The parent or guardian must be provided with a written explanation of theschool’s decision on the dispute, including the right to appeal [Sec. 722(g)(3)(E)(ii)];
The parent/guardian/youth must be referred to the school district homeless contact person, who will carry out the state’s grievance procedure as expeditiously as possible after receiving notice of the dispute [Sec. 722(g)(3)(E)(iii)]; and,
In the case of an unaccompanied youth, the homeless liaison shall ensure that the youth is immediately enrolled in school pending resolution of the dispute[Sec. 722(g)(3)(E)(iv)].
If eligibility, enrollment or placement disputes or complaints arise regarding the education of homeless children and youth, Aldine ISD recommends that: the person having the complaint first contact the school or district (e.g., the local school district Liaison for homeless students, the principal, or superintendent) to present their concerns to the people closest to the situation and most likely to be able to resolve it quickly.
Districts that make determinations on eligibility, enrollment or school placement for homeless students that conflict with the wishes of the parent or student involved are required to provide notice of the determination in writing to all parties, along with instructions on how to appeal the decision. Students are entitled to remain in their school of choice until the appeal process has reached completion
For additional information:
- National Center on Homeless Education
- Houston Homeless Shelters and Services
- Help Card
- Immunization schedules for Adults and Children
- Immtrac – an immunization registry that parents can access
- Local Immunization Clinics
- Northwest Assistance Ministries
When children can’t live safely at home and no appropriate non-custodial parent, relative, or close family friend is willing and able to care for them, the court can give temporary legal possession to the Department of Family Protective Service (DFPS). DFPS temporarily places these children in foster care. Foster care settings include:
- Foster family homes
- Foster family group homes
- Residential group care facilities
- Facilities overseen by another state agency
Foster care is meant to be temporary until a permanent living arrangement is found. However, it can become permanent usually when a foster parent adopts or accepts permanent managing conservatorship of a child.
A student who is placed in the conservatorship of DFPS has the right to be enrolled immediately in school, without immunization or academic records, and birth certificate.
The student has two choices in deciding which school to attend once he/she is placed in conservatorship of DFPS:
- The school of origin (the school the student attended when he/she was placed in conservatorship of DFPS).
- The school in the zone where the students is currently residing.
Students in conservatorship of DFPS are entitled to transportation to and from the school of origin, if it is feasible, in the student’s best interest, and requested by guardian.
If problems arise between the school and guardian or between districts, the guardian shall be referred to the school’s foster care liaison. In the meantime, the student must be immediately enrolled or if enrolled, remain in school and receive transportation pending the outcome of the dispute resolution process.
Foster Care Liaison
Aldine ISD is committed to identifying and serving all students in conservatorship of DFPS. If you require additional information, contact the Foster Care Liaison at 281-985-6411.
***NOTE*** The school district must enroll a child in the conservatorship of the Department of Family Protective Service (DFPS) immediately in school regardless of documentation (Texas Family Code, Section 262) (g) A school district shall accept a child for enrollment in a public school without the documentation required by Subsection (a) if the Department of Family Protective Services has taken possession of the child under Chapter 262, Family Code. The Department of Family Protective Service shall ensure that the documentation required by Subsection (a) is furnished to the school district not later than the 30th day after the date the child is enrolled in the school.
Information & Resource
Communicable Disease Management
Infectious and communicable diseases account for millions of school days lost each year, most often as a result of colds and flu. Because students are in group settings in which people are in close contact and share supplies and equipment most of their day, transmission of infections from person to person can occur. During flu season it is especially important to use good hygiene practices to reduce the spread of germs. Please help to keep your child and our schools healthy by:
- observing your child each day for signs of infection which may include coughing, colds, fever, itching on the skin and scalp and unusual rashes.
- keeping sick students at home and seeking medical attention for severe illness.
- encouraging your child to practice good hand hygiene.
- adopting healthy practices, such as disposing of used tissues and coughing into a sleeve rather than into a hand.
- keeping children home until free of fever for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) reduces the risk of spread.
What are Head Lice?
Head lice are tiny gray to brown insects about the size of a sesame seed that live in human hair and must feed on human blood to live.
They lay tiny white oval-shaped eggs about the size of a knot in a thread. Lice glue their eggs to each strand of hair close to the scalp. A nit is an empty egg casing after the louse has hatched or died. Although it is hard to see head lice, a person can see the eggs if they look closely.
Lice eggs and live lice are most often found in the hair behind the ears and at the back of the head and neck. The first sign of lice is itching of the head which is caused by the bite of the head lice.
How do You Get Head Lice?
- Head lice happens mostly with elementary school-aged children.
- Children get lice from other children through head to head contact during play or sports or nap time and most often in school settings.
- Sometimes sharing combs, hats or school lockers with a louse infested child can spread head lice.
- You can’t spread the eggs…only live lice.
- Head lice do not spread disease – they are not a public health threat and therefore lice cases are not tracked by the Department of State Health Services.
- Any child can get head lice. It doesn’t matter where they live or go to school, boy or girl, black, white or brown. It doesn’t mean the child is sick or unclean. It certainly doesn’t mean they have bad parents.
- Children get head lice almost as much as the common cold. Millions get it at least once a year.
How Do You Get Rid of Head Lice?
The Texas Department of State Health Services recommends the following treatment for head lice and their eggs:
- Use an over-the-counter FDA-approved shampoo treatment that you find at the drug or grocery store. Follow the directions on the packaging exactly.
- Remove as many eggs as possible with a special comb that comes with the head lice treatment.
- Treat your home at the same time you treat your child. Do the following:
- Soak combs and brushes for 5-10 minutes in some of the lice shampoo for 1 hour or in very, very hot water.
- Wash sheets, blankets and other bedding in the hottest setting of water in the washing machine. Dry in a hot dryer.
- Dry-clean non-washable items or seal these items in a plastic bag for 1 week or tumble them in a very hot dryer.
- Vacuum furniture, carpets and mattresses thoroughly.
- Treat hair a second time 7 to 10 days after the first treatment (or follow the instructions of the manufacturer of the lice treatment) to make sure that you kill any lice that may have hatched from eggs that might have been missed during the combing.
- There is no need to cut hair. Lice like to crawl on short hair just as much as long hair and they need the same treatment.
How Do You Keep Lice From Coming Back?
- Teach family members to recognize eggs and how lice is spread and check everyone’s hair periodically.
- If you find lice, follow the recommended treatment closely. It should be reported to the school nurse, who may want to check close contacts.
- Remind children not to share combs, brushes, hair accessories, headphones, hats, clothing, bedding, coats and so forth.
- Ask the teacher at your child’s school if there is a space to keep jackets, hats and other personal items separate for each child. Ask what you can do to help.
Heat Related Guidelines
The best defense against heat-related reactions is Prevention. On an annual basis the athletic and health services departments will train staff on precautions to take to ensure student safety during high heat. Staff focus will be on “constant surveillance” of students during high heat to ensure student health. Should symptoms arise, they will be addressed immediately by using Quick Care guidelines and basic first aid if needed.
The following guidelines are to be used as appropriate to ensure student safety during high heat. Implementation may vary depending on the activity. (e.g., A football player will be dressed in shoulder pads, etc. so the “wear lightweight clothing” would not apply.)
Guidelines for Staff
- Reduce the intensity and duration of strenuous physical activity initially and gradually increase to accomplish acclimatization.
- Fully hydrate students prior to strenuous physical activity. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and high sugar, carbonated drinks.
- Provide cool water and scheduled frequent rest periods when students are encouraged to drink 2-3 glasses of water.
- Plan strenuous outdoor activity for early morning or late in the day.
- Be aware of chronic health issues and medications of students so that heightened surveillance of students with special needs occurs.
- Students with certain conditions are at a greater risk to heat stress. Included in these (but not limited to) are: cystic fibrosis, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, obesity, diabetes, chronic heart failure, caloric malnutrition, anorexia nervosa, sweating insufficiency syndrome.
- Check to see if student’s medication has specific precautions regarding heat, sunlight, etc.
- Use a “buddy system” where students are educated regarding symptoms and monitor each other.
- Implement extra precautions when practicing on concrete or asphalt.
- Provide water on long, non-air-conditioned bus trips or encourage students to bring their own.
- The intensity of activities that last 30 minutes or more should be reduced whenever relative humidity and air temperature (Heat Index) are above critical levels (HI of 90 or above). (See Chart). “The higher the humidity, the more dangerous high air temperature is because of decreased evaporation of body sweat.” Note that full sun exposure can increase the Heat Index by as much as 15 degrees F.
- Wear lightweight, loose, cool, reflective clothing.
- Wear hats or sun visors when participating in direct sun.
- Wear sunglasses or protective eye-wear.
- Avoid caffeine and high-sugar, carbonated drinks.
- Bring water to drink throughout activity.
- Inform instructor if recently ill.
- Avoid eating heavy, protein-rich foods prior to exercise.
- Wear sun block (SPF 15 or higher) and apply 30 minutes prior to outside activity to cool dry skin. Reapply according to directions.
There are four main heat-related reactions to excess heat:
- Heat syncope – fainting or near fainting due to overheating.
- Heat cramps – muscle cramps occurring during intense, prolonged activity in the heat.
- Heat exhaustion – body temperature of 103 – 105, dizziness, disorientation, nausea, cramps.
- Heat stroke – body temperature of 106 – 108, disorientation, seizures, hot and dry skin, coma.
- Heat-related reactions will progress if proper treatment is delayed.
At Aldine ISD, the health and safety of our students and staff are our priority. We also believe it is extremely important to keep parents informed. We are currently monitoring closely information about West Nile virus, and would like to share a brochure from the Centers for Disease Control on how to best defend against West Nile disease.
At Aldine ISD, we regularly inspect our facilities to correct or eliminate for conditions that could attract mosquitoes, and all pests as part of our Integrated Pest Management program.
If you believe that your child would benefit from the use of an insect repellant, it should be applied before school arrival using a long lasting variety. Be sure and follow directions and read the cautions written on the repellent label.
Please remember that no insect repellant may be sent to school with students.