Tamara Dixon, BSN, RN
I am Nurse Dixon and I am your new nurse at Windsong Intermediate! As your school nurse, my goal is to care for the physical, mental, and emotional health needs of all Windsong students. I strongly believe that students must be HEALTHY to be educated and EDUCATED to be healthy!
After graduating from TWU with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2004, I have spent my nursing career in acute care in the hospital setting and I am excited to be bringing that knowledge and experience with me to Windsong. I have been married to my high-school sweetheart, Chad, for 16 years and we have made our home here in Friendswood with our two sons, Noah and Tate.
I am looking forward to this school year and encourage you to reach out to me with any health concerns.
Required Medical Forms
Parent Request for Administering Medication (English)
Parent Request for Administering Medication (Español)
EpiPen Allergy Action Plan
Permission to Carry EPI-PEN
Asthma Medication Self-Admin. Form
Diastat Physician’s Order Form
FISD nurses promote health to allow students to learn at their optimum capacity. Some of the issues the school nurse deals with include diabetes, severe food and insect allergies, asthma, seizures, strep, respiratory illnesses, stomach viruses, flu, mono, and self-injurious behavior. Screenings includes vision, hearing, and Acanthosis Nigricans (diabetes risk factor) on odd numbered classified school grades (Kg, 1, 3. 5. 7). All new FISD students will also be screened for vision and hearing. Fifth grade girls are screened for spinal curvature, scoliosis. We also care for our special needs children that require specialized medical treatments and procedures. In addition, we play a significant role in parent/ faculty conferences regarding the child’s specialized nursing care plan and we oversee compliance for required immunizations, medical records, and communicable diseases.
To protect the health of everyone on our campuses, please follow the requirements for sending students to school:
FEVER: Students must be free of fever for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol/Motrin.
STREP: Be on antibiotic for 24 hours.
VOMITING/DIARRHEA: No symptoms for 24 hours
If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse.
Notes from the Nurse
All of the Windsong students are up to date on immunizations and will not need any more state required immunizations until entering the 7th grade. However,per Texas Law, the following immunizations must be obtained prior to registering your child for the 7th grade:
If your student receives these immunizations while attending Windsong, please submit the shot record to the nurse at Windsong. Anytime your child receives an immunization, please send a copy of the record to the appropriate school nurse so that records can be updated.
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What if my child needs to take medication at school?
Medications which need to be given during school hours must be brought to the clinic first thing in the morning, in the original container, labeled for children under the age of 12, and be FDA approved. Prescription label must be specific for your child. *A parent note or a signed “Parent Request for Administering Medication” form must accompany the medication. This permission form is available on our campus website, under “Parents” link, then “Nurses,” or in the school nurse office.
What forms do I need to complete for EpiPens and Severe Allergies?
“Allergy Action Plan” must be completed and signed by a physician each school year. This form is available on our website under the “Nurses” link.
What if my child needs to carry an EpiPen or Asthma Inhaler?
There are specific forms that need to be completed and signed by a physician each school year. These forms are available on our website under the “Nurses” link.
Can my child carry cough drops in his/her backpack or pockets?
No, all medications must be kept in the clinic with a parent note on file; *peppermints are an alternative for sore throats and coughing and can be kept in the child’s backpack.
What if my child has a major health care issue that needs special attention by the nurse and teachers?
Please contact the school nurse in early August to set up an appointment in order to discuss your child’s individual health care plan!
How will I know if the school nurse is calling me?
**Please add Windsong’s name and phone number (281-482-0111) as a contact in your phone, otherwise the number information on the call lists “Friendswood, TX” and not Windsong.
Where does my child bring the PE/Wellness excuse?
A parent or a doctor’s PE excuse is brought to the school nurse first thing in the morning, before announcements. The nurse then fills out a specific form for your child to give to Coach when your child has PE. If a child sits out of PE, the child also sits out of recess!
What if my child needs to be excused from PE/Wellness for an extended time period?
A note from a physician is required for any activity restriction lasting longer than 3 PE days. If a physician note is submitted and it does not include a specific release date, then a follow-up physician note is required to release your child to participate in PE and recess!
Where does my child bring a school absence note?
Notes for school absences are brought to the Front Office first thing in the morning; your child will be given an “Admit” slip to class. If a doctor’s absence note also includes a PE restriction, your child needs to show this note to the school nurse, too.
What if my child feels sick or has an injury at school?
Your child will ask the teacher for a clinic pass, which has a check off list of symptoms, and then your child will bring the pass to the school nurse. Nurse will evaluate/treat your child and determine if your child should go home or if your child can return to class. The school nurse will call you or your emergency contact if your child needs to go home.
What is FISD’s fever policy?
A temperature 100.0 or above: Students must stay home or go home. Students cannot return to school until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing products (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.)
Are there additional FISD illness policies?
Yes, see “Nurses” link on the website and “Illness Policy.”
What if my child gets injured at a non-school sponsored sports activity?
Your child needs to be evaluated by your family physician or at an Urgent Care/ER facility!
How often do I need to renew my child’s “Affidavit, Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience” form?
This form is only valid for 2 years from the date of notarization. A new, notarized form must be submitted to the school nurse prior to the expiration date or your child will be excluded from school until the updated Affidavit is received.
Where can I find more information about health services at Windsong?
All students receive a “Student and Parent Handbook”/Organizer at the beginning of the school year and there is information listed under the heading, General Information. More specific information is on the FISD website under “Parents & Students,” then “Nurses” and then additional information is under Windsong Nurse Kimberly Sheets, which can be clicked on the bottom left side of the main “Nurses” page.