EISD Medication Policy Highlights
Parents, please bring all medication to the school nurse. Students in grades K-8 are not allowed to bring medications to school (see last paragraph for exceptions).
The law does not permit a school nurse to administer a medication unless:
A parent's permission is valid for 2 weeks. A physician's signature is required for medication that needs to stay in the clinic longer than 2 weeks.
Children with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, seizures and life-threatening allergies) are required to provide a care plan (also called an "Action Plan" or "Emergency Care Plan") that has been completed and signed by the child's physician and a parent. Please bring this form and the medication to me the week before school starts and save a little time to chat. I'd like both of us to feel confident that I have all the information I need to take good care of your child.
The law permits students to self-carry and self-administer medications for asthma, diabetes and anaphylaxis if a parent and a physician check the authorization boxes on their care plans.
Marilyn Sansom, R.N., B.S.N. firstname.lastname@example.org
(512) 732-9185 - direct line
(512) 732-9189 - fax
My children were students at Barton Creek Elementary many years ago when it was a brand new school. I was so inspired by their school nurse, Bonnie Buchholtz, that I dreamed of working here after she retired. To prepare myself, I worked for ten years as an office nurse for some of Austin's finest pediatricians (Drs. Mike Bayer, Jack Louis, Leighton Ellis, Erica Sharp and Rebecca Sperling) and five years as the school nurse for Eanes Elementary. In 2016 I finally realized my dream when I was invited to transfer here to Barton Creek Elementary. It is a privilege to be your school nurse. I will do my best to keep your children safe, healthy and feeling loved.
I was born in Michigan, grew up primarily in Abilene and moved to Austin in 1974 as a freshman at UT. I met my future husband in government class. Hook 'em! I graduated from UT with highest honors in 1978 and married Don Sansom in 1980. Our children, Sarah and Collin, graduated from WHS in 2004 and 2006. Sarah, known here as "Miss Sansom," is BCE's permanent sub. Collin and his wife, Katie, live in Ft. Worth. They blessed us with our first grandchild, "Beckett," in July 2017. I am completely smitten! My parents live in Lakeway. They garden, golf, play bridge and host family gatherings. In my spare time I love to plant things, knit things, make stained glass mosaics and walk my sweet dog, Biscuit.
I have a poignant memory of my mother reading Ozma of Oz to me after I was injured riding my bicycle, so I keep children's books in the clinic as a distraction for sick children. As your school nurse, I hope to work with you to keep your children safe and empowered with knowledge for a healthy future. I welcome your calls and emails. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for your son or daughter.
("Sansom" rhymes with "ransom")