MISSION - The DeSoto ISD Health Services department provides DeSoto ISD with assistance for student health care needs, student health records, first aid services, classroom support, safety awareness and prevention / intervention for health concerns.
Parents may request in writing their child's physical fitness assessment results at the end of the school year.
DeSoto ISD has partnered with CareVan to provide FREE shots to eligible children age 2 months through 18 years. Eligibility: the child has no insurance, the child has insurance that does not cover vaccines, the child is on Medicaid or the child is a Native American/Indian or Alaskan Native. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Child's complete shot record MUST be provided. For the complete CareVan schedule, visit www.carevan.org
DeSoto ISD FREE Shots
Thursday, October 13, 5-7 p.m. in the Belt Line Conference Center
(located at 200 E. Belt Line Road, behind the Administration Building)
West Nile Prevention & Control
The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites. Be aware of the West Nile virus activity in your area and take action to protect yourself and your family.
Avoid Mosquito Bites
Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. To optimize safety and effectiveness repellents should be used according to the label instructions.
More information about insect repellents can be found here.
When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to the skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.
DeSoto ISD Health Concerns - Communicable Disease Preparedness
As we enter into cold and flu season, DeSoto ISD would like to express to our community the procedures that we have in place to prevent, or at least minimize, the spread of any illness that may enter our doors. This message is to provide you with the Communicable Disease Preparedness our administration and staff members have in place for this district. Please know the District is in close communication with Dallas County Health and Human Services along with local health officials and will continue to monitor all health situations. We believe education and awareness help deal with facts, and will hopefully alleviate some of your concerns.
Please be reminded of the following:
- We will isolate students who have symptoms of illness and call parents immediately for them to be picked up.
- If a student has a fever, they must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school (this means without the use of fever-reducing medication).
- If a student has diarrhea, they must be diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school (this means without the use of diarrhea suppressing medication). Diarrhea is 3 or more episodes of loose stools in a 24 hour period.
- A student must not come to school if vomiting 2 or more times in 24 hours. A student should have 1 or 2 meals without vomiting before returning to school.
Please be diligent in complying with the above protocol. In addition, you can support our efforts by reminding your child to follow ABCD:
- A Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with your hands
- B Be sure to wash your hands often (or use hand sanitizer)
- C Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow, hand or a tissue
- D Don’t go to school or work if you are ill
Clean hands are the easiest way to prevent the spread of an illness. Wash your hands in warm water with soap for at least 20 seconds, then rinse and dry with a clean towel. Always wash your hands before eating and cooking, after using the restroom, after touching animals including pets and after sneezing or blowing your nose. If you can’t get to a sink, use hand sanitizer to limit germ exposure.
District Sanitation Procedures
- Please be assured that our custodial services implement strict guidelines in the cleaning of our buildings.
- As always, if we see an increase in flu or stomach virus cases or other situations, we will add deeper cleaning and additional crews as needed for containment.
DeSoto ISD will communicate any guidelines or precautions recommended by the local health departments that need to be taken in the event of a public health issue. You may access Dallas County Health Department: http://www.dallascounty.org/hhs/ or www.cdc.gov for more information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding Ebola.