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Important Message From Our Food & Nutrition Services Department

On Friday, May 12, Mesquite ISD’s Food & Nutrition Services Department was hit by the worldwide Cyber Attack. As a result, all cafeteria software was affected, causing issues with student accounts. Our Technical Services team is working tirelessly to resolve the problems, but in the meantime, we want to keep you informed on how this situation impacts students and parents. Rest assured that student information and credit card information was not compromised. But in protective measures to keep information from being compromised, the outcome resulted in limited communication between outside systems and our registers on each campus.

Student meal account balances are not available at this time.

  • The online payment system, School Café, has been turned off.
  • Parents will not see accurate information in their School Café accounts
  • Cash or check payments may still be made at the register
  • Free & reduced meal applications must be processed manually; online applications are not available at this time

Mesquite ISD will keep you informed of any updates to this situation. Our top priority is ensuring that all students continue to receive healthy meals while at school. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to resolve these issues.

 

HEALTH SERVICES

Mesquite ISD provides registered school nurses at each campus. School nursing is a registered nursing specialty that involves identification, assessment, prevention and intervention to remedy or modify students' health needs. The nurse's goal is to promote the optimum health of students and the students' abilities to achieve their educational goals.

Each nurse monitors required immunizations and mandated health screenings and maintains communications with parents as needed.


JANUARY 2017

Parent Notification of SB66 Regarding Epipens

The purpose of this notification is to inform parents/guardians that in accordance with Chapter 38, Subchapter E of the Texas Education Code, the Board of Mesquite Independent School District has adopted a policy to allow authorized and trained personnel to administer an epinephrine auto-injector to a person who is reasonably believed to be experiencing an anaphylactic reaction on a school campus.

Each school nurse office will be supplied with stock epinephrine auto-injectors and standing orders from an advising physician to be used for cases of suspected anaphylaxis in persons with no history of anaphylaxis.  Mesquite ISD will ensure that a sufficient number of school personnel at each campus are trained to administer epinephrine so that at least one trained individual is present while the campus is open. A campus is considered ‘open’ beginning with the first hour of instruction through the last hour of instruction. See Board Policy FFAC (Legal). Mylan will fund the program through Epipen4schools. If funding from an outside source ceases, the implementation of Stock Epinephrine Auto-Injectors will be re-evaluated by Mesquite ISD. 

Each high school athletic trainer will be supplied with stock epinephrine auto-injectors and standing orders from an advising physician to be used for cases of suspected anaphylaxis in persons with no history of anaphylaxis at athletic events where an athletic trainer is present. 

Parents of students with known life-threatening anaphylaxis should continue to provide the school with all necessary medication for implementing the student specific order on an annual basis.  The EpiPen4Schools program is not intended to replace student-specific orders or parent provided individual medication.


JANUARY 2017

Chickenpox Advisory

Sometimes we hear of cases of vaccine preventable illnesses like chickenpox and flu within our community.  Both flu and chickenpox vaccines are widely available but unlike flu vaccine, only two chickenpox or varicella vaccines are recommended to prevent the disease.  People who have received the chickenpox vaccine may become infected with the virus but their symptoms are usually very mild. 

Chickenpox symptoms include a rash of itchy fluid-filled blisters that dry up and scab over.  The rash typically begins on the face, chest and back before spreading to the rest of the body.  A few days before the rash appears, there may be a fever with tiredness, loss of appetite, or headache. 

Individuals with symptoms of chickenpox should see their physician.  The State of Texas requires that students diagnosed with chickenpox stay out of school until blisters are dry, or if no blistering occurs, until 24 hours have passed with no new lesions.  Children may miss up to 6 days of school due to chickenpox so it is important to have a note from their doctor for days missed. 

Chickenpox is spread by respiratory droplets released when an infected person coughs or sneezes and when someone else breathes in or touches a contaminated surface then touches their mouth or nose.  Hand washing and respiratory hygiene are two ways to prevent chickenpox infection. 

Please remind children to keep themselves and others healthy and safe from viruses like chickenpox by:

  • Covering their coughs and sneezes
  • Washing their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before eating
  • Keeping their hands away from their face

Thank you for your help in keeping our campuses healthy.


DECEMBER 2016

Incidents of Mumps on the Rise

At this time of year, we generally worry about flu and strep throat keeping students home from school.  This year Arkansas has reported a significant number of mumps cases since October 2016 and North Texas has seen several cases of mumps in the same time period.    

Mumps is a vaccine preventable disease spread through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat.  Only a very small percentage of people who received two doses of the vaccine remain susceptible to mumps.  

Symptoms appear about 16 days after infection but may occur within 12-25 days of exposure.  The most common symptoms of mumps include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swollen, tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides
    • The State of Texas requires individuals to stay out of school for five days after salivary glands begin to swell.   

An infected person may spread the virus by:

  • Coughing, sneezing, or talking
  • Sharing items such as cups or eating utensils, with others, and
  • Touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.

Please encourage your children to keep themselves and others healthy and safe from viruses and bacteria by:

  • Avoiding eating or drinking after others
  • Covering their coughs and sneezes
  • Washing their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before eating
  • Keeping their hands away from their face

GUARDING AGAINST INFLUENZA

Everyone can help reduce the impact of the cold and flu season in our community by following these simple tips:

  • Get a flu shot!  It is never too late to get a flu shot, but it’s best to get one as soon as possible after the vaccine comes out each year.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or more. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand rub/gel.
  • Cough and/or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve, not into your hand.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay home for any fever of 100°F or more and once fever goes away (without use of fever reducing medication), stay home for 24 hours.

Visit the DSHS Flu site at www.TexasFlu.org or http://www.dshs.texas.gov/txflu/parents.aspx for more information.  Families looking for flu vaccine providers may check the Texas Flu Vaccine locator at http://www.dshs.texas.gov/txflu/flu-locator.shtm.

The following letters are from Dallas County Health and Human Services and provide detailed information about precautions you and your family can take to limit the spread of flu.

DCHHS Flu Letter (English)

DCHHS Letra de gripe (Español)

 


Enterovirus D68 Information for Families

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infections among children have been identified in multiple states in recent weeks. Links to the fact sheets below address some frequently asked questions about illnesses from EV-D68.

Enterovirus D68: Frequently Asked Questions

Enterovirus D68: Preguntas Frecuentes

Information is also available on the CDC website.

 


Pertussis Infection on the Rise

North Texas communities have been experiencing increasing rates of pertussis infection (also known as whooping cough) since 2011. Pertussis is an infection that affects the airways and is easily spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. It is associated with a severe cough that can last for weeks or months, sometimes leading to coughing fits and/or vomiting. Anyone can get pertussis, but it can be very dangerous for infants and young children as well as people with weakened immune systems.

Pertussis symptoms begin with a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and a mild cough. In infants less than a year old, there may be a pause in breathing. Coughing begins after a week or two and can be severe. Infected persons can spread the disease from onset of cold-like symptoms to at least two weeks after coughing begins.

If your child has allergy- or cold-like symptoms for several days followed by chronic coughing or fits of coughing, contact your primary healthcare provider.

If your child is diagnosed with pertussis, contact the school nurse.

More information about pertussis is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/index.html.

 


West Nile Virus Precautions in Place, Prevention Tips

West Nile Virus is a disease spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitos become infected when they bite infected birds then pass the virus to humans and animals. Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms. The disease can vary in severity with symptoms ranging from mild fever, headache and muscle aches to severe with neurologic complications such as encephalitis. People over 50 have the highest risk of severe disease.

Mesquite ISD is monitoring reports of West Nile Virus found in mosquitos trapped within MISD boundaries. The district is taking steps to maintain safety on MISD campuses and facilities by ensuring that standing pools of water are drained or treated. Physical education teachers are watching for swarms of mosquitos and will take classes indoors if needed.

For your family’s safety, consider the following:

  • Avoid the outdoors at dawn and dusk or wear long, loose, light-colored clothing at dawn and dusk

  • Drain all areas of standing water around your house and yard

  • Change water in wading pools, pet dishes and birdbaths several times a week

  • Keep pools clean

  • Cut unnecessary plant growth back

  • Cover containers that might collect water

  • Use insect repellants that contain DEET or other EPA-approved insect repellant

For best coverage for your child, please do not send mosquito sprays or repellants to school with your child but apply these products before he/she leaves for school, especially if your child walks or waits for a bus.

 


Meningitis Vaccines Required for Students Entering Texas Colleges & Universities

Learn the latest health requirements for graduating high school seniors entering Texas colleges and universities by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

 


RELATED LINKS:

Immunization Requirements
Vaccine Requirements for Students Preparing to Enter College (scroll to the bottom of the page)