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Nurses's Corner/Health and Medicine

School Nurse
Jane Kavanagh
Office: (713) 512-3403
Cell: (713) 515-9929
jkavanagh@ehshouston.org

Nurse Kavanagh's Bio:

  • RNBSN for 36 Years
  • TWH / Houston
  • 18 Years Pedia / Adolesent Nursing
  • EHS Full-time Nurse since 2008
  • 3 Children / Married 36 Years


Magnus Health
EHS uses Magnus Health Student Medical Record (SMR) to collect student health information. Magnus Health SMR is a secure and easy-to-use website for submitting data. This website allows our school nurse and athletic trainers to securely and efficiently share and update pertinent student health information.

For technical support contact Magnus Health SMR at: 1-877-461-6831, email, or visit magnushealth.com/parents.

For any other questions or issues, contact School Nurse Jane Kavanagh.


Health Clinic Policies

Each student entering the Clinic must have a permit with the time indicated and signed by the teacher whose class they will be missing to go to the Clinic. If the student is visiting the Clinic briefly, the Nurse will countersign, indicating the time on the permit. This procedure enables the student to return quickly to class.

If it becomes necessary for a student to remain in the Clinic longer than one class period, the Attendance Desk will be notified.

If the Nurse is not in her office, a note to that effect will be posted on the Clinic door. At such times, the receptionist will be informed of the Nurse’s whereabouts.

If it becomes necessary for a student to rest while the Nurse is at lunch, the student should hand his or her permit to the Nurse in the cafeteria. She will sign the pass, thereby authorizing the student to go to the Clinic to rest. Clinic visits are entered in a log.

Policy for Administration of Medications

No student may have prescription or non-prescription drugs in his/her possession on school grounds during school hours.

A student may have an illness that requires medication for relief or cure but does not require absence from school. When possible, such medication should be taken at home. However, according to Texas State Legislation and Episcopal High School policy, a medication may be dispensed to a student by school personnel if the following requirements are met by the parent or legal guardian requesting this service:

  • All non-prescription drugs that need to be administered at school must be accompanied by a written request, signed and dated by a parent or legal guardian, and containing the following information:
    • Full name of student
    • Name of drug
    • Frequency, dosage, and method of administration
    • Reason drug is to be given
    • Date
    • Signature of parent or guardian
  • All prescription drugs that need to be administered at school must be accompanied by a Physician’s Request for Administration of Medication by School Personnel form that is signed and dated by the prescribing physician, as well as by the parent or legal guardian requesting this service.
  • All prescription and non-prescription drugs must be in their original containers.
  • All original containers of prescription drugs must have pharmacy labels that include the following:
    • Student’s name
    • Physician’s name
    • Name of drug
    • Frequency, dosage, and method of administration
    • Date the prescription was filled
  • Each properly labeled container shall contain no more than one (1) medication.
  • All medications shall be stored in the School Clinic. (Exceptions must be approved in advance by proper authorities.)
  • No medication will be administered from or kept in the School Clinic for more than fifteen (15) days, unless otherwise prescribed by a physician or dentist.

Forms can be found on the School's Magnus Health Student Medical Record (SMR) system.

Health Procedures/Student Medical Leave

Health Procedures

  • If a student is on medication OF ANY KIND, please notify the School Nurse in writing. No medication of any kind can be given to or taken by a student without written permission from the parent.
  • If a student is injured, his/her parents will be contacted immediately.
  • If it seems necessary for a student to leave the School, he/she will be kept in the Clinic until a parent or a person designated by a parent comes for him/her.
  • If emergency care is required, the student will be transported to St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, unless otherwise indicated by parents. Emergency Health Information cards are made available for each new student upon entrance. This card serves as a Medical Consent to Treat card. It grants school personnel permission to provide treatment prior to admission to an approved medical facility.
  • Contagious diseases or any other serious illnesses must be reported to the Nurse.
  • The Academic Dean will notify teachers of the disposition of a case requiring a student’s extended absence.

Student Medical Leave Policy

In certain circumstances, it may become necessary for a student to have an extended absence from school for medical reasons. The School will handle these situations on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Academic Dean, who will consult with the Assistant Head of School to arrange for a medical leave.

School Nurse
Jane Kavanagh
(713) 512-3403
jkavanagh@ehshouston.org

Immunization Requirements

To meet State vaccine requirements, Episcopal High School requires ALL students to receive the immunizations listed on the link below. Receipt of the required student’s dose up to and including four days before the birthday will satisfy the school entry immunization requirement:

> 2012-2013 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grades K-12

Medical Exemption

All students must be fully immunized upon enrollment, unless there is a specific medical reason for exclusion of a vaccine. Episcopal High School no longer accepts students with conscientious objections. If your student is claiming a medical exemption, he or she must have a letter from his or her physician, which must be updated annually, stating that the required vaccines would be medically harmful or injurious to the health and well-being of the child. These medical exemptions will be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis. Students who have not received any vaccines will not be considered for medical exemption.

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