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Mathletes VS Athletes

San Augustine JH/HS Nurse Leah Williams, with her fellow Mathlete Jayden Clifton.

Today’s theme for Homecoming week – Mathletes vs. Athletes.

School Policy on Illness
School Policy on Illness


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 or vomiting must stay home until they are diarrhea or vomiting free without 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 Karen Noble or Leah Williams, if you have questions or if you are concerned about whether or not your child should stay home.

Flu Prevention Tips

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. We are excited to be back and look forward to an amazing year. We are quickly approaching the 2018 flu season. That means it's time for vaccines. Are you ready for this season?

Stopping the flu is up to you. The flu is spread from person to person when someone who has the virus sneezes, coughs or talks. The flu virus can be inhaled by anyone close by. Occasionally, a person may become infected by touching something with the virus on it.  Make sure you get your vaccinations.

Symptoms of the flu include

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore thoat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Feeling feverish/chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications.
While there are many different flu viruses, flu vaccines protect against the 3 or 4 viruses that research suggests will be most common. Three-component vaccines contain an H3N2, an H1N1 and a B virus. Four component vaccines have an additional B virus component. This vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. It has also has been shown to significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from influenza.


Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community. CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October.

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Proper Hand Washing

One important factor in keeping yourself and others healthy is in your hands – literally.

Proper hand-washing is one of the best – and easiest – ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But it takes more than simply placing your hands under running water for a few seconds. 

How can you help make sure your children are washing their hands correctly? Here’s the correct procedure. Teaching these steps is usually a “work in progress”:

Wet your hands with warm water.

  1. Lather up with soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  2. Scrub your hands for 20 seconds – about the time it takes to say the alphabet slowly or hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
  3. Rinse your hands well under warm, running water.
  4. Dry your hands using a clean towel.
Alli Mathews conducts dental health program
Alli Mathews, A Dental Hygiene Student at Texas Women's University and Tyler Junior College, along with our district Nurse, Karen Noble, presented a program on nutrition and dental health to kindergarten,1st and 2nd grade students at San Elementary School. The program was enjoyed by all the students. It focused on importance of nutrition in dental health and of course, how to properly care for your teeth. Emphasis was also placed on the importance of regular dental visits. They gave away 150 tooth brushes, donated by TJC, Colgate and Masonic Home and School of Texas. Alli is the daughter of Leasa Dunn and John Mathews.

Leah Williams, LVN
Junior High & High School Nurse