Mosquito Awareness

Northwest ISD policy does not allow district staff to apply sunscreen or bug spray to students in order to prevent any potential allergic reaction. As such, we recommend your child applies either substance before coming to the OLC. Students are also allowed to bring lotion or wipe-on sunscreen – not spray-based sunscreen – for themselves; they should not share this with other students.

Neither the Zika or West Nile virus has been discovered in the OLC, but we’d like to recommend taking any precaution you feel is necessary to protect your child from mosquito bites, as they are the carrier of both viruses. 

Here are some resources to help you choose the best protection for you and your child, while also learning more about what Mosquitoes are:


Information from the
Center for Disease Control

What to Know about Insect Repellant

Prevent Mosquito Bites

Prevent Mosquito Bites (Spanish)

Texas Department of State Health Services

Overview of transmission, response and prevent of Zika in Texas


Zika Fact Sheet

Zika Fact Sheet (Spanish)

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Using Insect Repellants Safely and Effectively

National Pesticide Information Center

Information and links to

Choosing and Using Insect Repellents

What is DEET?

DEET Factsheet

DEET Factsheet (Spanish)

American Mosquito Control Association


The Lifecycle of a Mosquito

Drain, Dress, Defend Factsheet

Other Resources and Articles concerning repellants and insect bites

Choosing an Insect Repellent for Your Child

AgriLife Extension experts inform Texans on protecting from Zika…

NPR What’s the Best Way to Keep Mosquitoes from Biting?

About Mosquitoes!

Orkin Profile of a Mosquito

National Geographic Profile of a Mosquito

How Mosquitoes Work

Mosquitoes of Texas

SC Johnson Fun Facts of Mosquitoes

Visit the library to read Books! Why not get a different perspective on those buzzzzzing pests!


Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People’s Ears: A West African Tale by Verna Aardema

The Mosquito Book: An Entertaining, Fact-filled Look at the Dreaded Pesky Bloodsuckers by Brett Ortler

Mosquito by Virginia Kroll

Blood Suckers! By John DiConsiglio

Mosquito: A Natural History of Our Most Persistent and Deadly Foe by Andrew Spielman

NISD and the OLC are not responsible for content linked to other sources.