Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Lopez is a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington where she received a Masters of Science in Nursing Administration in 2018, a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University in 2014, and Bachelors of Science in Biology from Texas Wesleyan University in 2010. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society, Delta Theta chapter. Mrs. Lopez has cared for FWISD students, families and faculty members since 2014. She loves being a school nurse and looks forward to continuing to support the advancement, well-being, academic success and life-long achievement of students. Mrs. Lopez is married, has two children, and a precious little rescue dog named Olive.
*If your child was sent home with fever, they are unable to return to school until they have been fever free, temperature below 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit, for 24 hours without fever suppressing medication (Advil, Tylenol, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc.). Health Services Forms and Documents: Here is a link that will lead you to important forms and documents to be filled out and given to the nurse. Ex: Medication Administration Form. https://www.fwisd.org/Page/6159
Health Links: https://www.fwisd.org/Page/6154 Health Resources for Parents: https://www.fwisd.org/Page/14633 Health Resources for Teachers and Staff: https://www.fwisd.org/Page/8483 Healthy Habits of I.M. Terrell Apprentices: Healthy Habits and routines have a positive impact on classroom learning, test scores, overall student success and well-being. Choices about what a family eats, amount of physical activity, relationships, and home environment influence a child's educational experience.
The IMT Academy school nurse encourages students and families to adopt healthy habits at school and home.
1. SLEEP - Get at least eight hours of sleep each night.
2. NUTRITION - Start the day with a healthy breakfast. Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
3. EXERCISE - Aim for at least one hour of physical activity daily.
4. HAND WASHING - Wash hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water to prevent illness.
5. COVER - Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. Cough into your sleeve and dispose of tissues properly.
Medication Procedures Schools are permitted to administer medications prescribed by a physician/licensed prescriber with appropriate authorization. When possible, all medication should be given outside of school hours. If necessary, medication can be given at school and during school sponsored trips under the following conditions: 1. Medications must be in original properly labeled containers. The pharmacy can supply two labeled bottles for this purpose. 2. A specific written request signed by one parent/guardian and a physician/licensed prescriber must be provided. 3. Parents should only send the amount of medication needed for one week to one month. 4. Medications must be kept in the nurse's office unless the student's doctor/licensed prescriber has completed a Self-Administration of Prescribed Asthma or Anaphylaxis Medication by Student form or comparable written authorization that complies with FWISD policy. 5. When medications are needed for overnight school sponsored trips, medication authorizations must be in place four days in advance of scheduled trips. Provide only the amount of medication that is required during the duration of the field trip. Thank you in advance for your assistance and collaboration with the school nurse to facilitate the provision of safe, appropriate and efficient health services. Please contact the I.M. Terrell Academy school nurse if there are any questions at (817) 815-2120.
When to Keep Sick Students Home Consider the following guidelines to help determine if your child should come to school or not. If your child has fever. A temperature at or above 100.0°F could mean your child is "brewing an infection." Students with fever really need time at home to rest until they have been fever free for 24 hours. If your child is coughing frequently or having any sort of breathing trouble. Coughing spreads infection. A cough that keeps your child up at night may mean they will be too tired to learn the next day. If your child has vomited two or more times. A single episode of vomiting could be brought on by a number of things, so wait until it happens twice. If your child has diarrhea. Watery or loose stools mean you are likely dealing with a virus, meaning you should keep your child at home and make sure they drink lots of water. If your child has a rash with fever. Check with your doctor to determine whether the rash is contagious before sending your child to school. Sore throat, loss of appetite, persistent irritability, and unusual tiredness are also signs and symptoms of communicable disease. In an effort to help prevent the spread of communicable disease, keep a sick child home from school. If symptoms persist for more than two days, medical attention should be sought. Otherwise bed rest and encouraging plenty of fluids are recommended. Hopefully, this information helps you make those tough decisions regarding your child's health.