UME health services staff will perform the following state-required health screenings. Parents will be notified in advance of upcoming screening dates. If you do not wish the health staff to perform the screenings, you may substitute a professional examination by a health care provider of your choice or submit an Exemption Form.


The results of these screenings may indicate that your child may need diagnostic evaluation beyond the school capabilities. Referrals to physicians are made as needed. Parents are urged to obtain appropriate medical care following a school screening referral. 

• Vision and Hearing Screening
These screenings are required for students in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades, as well as all students new to Texas schools.

• Scoliosis (spinal) Screening
In order to identify unnatural curvatures of the spine, this screening is required for all students in 5th and 8th grades.

• Acanthosis Nigricans Screening
The 77th Texas Legislature passed legislation requiring school districts to screen students in 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades for Acanthosis Nigricans (AN). AN is a skin marker which may indicate pre-diabetes. AN is a light brown or black, velvety, rough, or thickened area or "marker" on the surface of the skin (usually on the neck)., The presence of AN may signal high insulin levels, which puts a person at risk for stroke, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

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Welcome to the Health Services home page!

We feel privileged to partner with you in supporting the education of your student. Our mission is to promote the health and well-being of each student, thereby strengthening their ability to perform academically. We will accomplish this through communication, health education, and the provision of effective health services.

Please review this page for any policies, procedures, and permission forms required to meet the health needs of your students while on campus. Revisit this page often for the most up to date information regarding the health of your child while at school. We will ensure timely updates are included to keep you informed on immunizations, screenings, seasonal illnesses, and more.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to invest in the growth of your student, and feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions or concerns.

Jennifer Brandon, BS, LVN
UME Preparatory Academy School Nurse

Notes from the Nurse

Q:  When should I keep my child home from school?

It seems like there is always something going around when it comes to kids. Here are some guidelines to help you to know when to keep your child home from school.

  • Appearance/discomfort. If your child appears unusually tired, irritable, pale, or has an unusual lack of appetite.
  • Diarrhea. If your child has had three or more watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if your child acts or looks ill, it is recommended they do not come to school.
  • Eye Issues. We understand that eyes can be swollen and irritated by allergens or virus. With bacterial pink eye being extremely contagious, we ask you to consult with your doctor before sending your child to school with these symptoms: thick mucus or pus draining from eye, or if eye is red, puffy, itchy, or painful. Your child can attend school 24 hours after starting medical treatment for bacterial pink eye. 
  • Fever. Temperature of 100.0 or higher is an indication that your child could be contagious. Giving a child Tylenol or Ibuprofen will bring the temperature down, and make them more comfortable, but will not prevent them from passing their illness on to classmates. Please keep them home.
  • Rash. Body rash, especially with fever and/or itching. If you have a doctor’s note stating it is a “non-contagious rash.” They may return if they are comfortable enough to focus on school.
  • Vomiting. Vomiting within the past 24 hours. Exception would be if vomiting was caused by forceful coughing.
  • Severe sore throat/cough. Especially with fever, or swollen glands in the neck. A frequent, severe cough can be a distraction to the class. Please feel free to send cough drops with your child for coughs. They can keep the bag in the nurse’s office or with the teacher for easy access as needed