ANNOUNCEMENTS

Clothes
If your child borrowed clothes from the clinic, please wash and return them as soon as possible

VISION AND HEARING SCREENING

 We screen hearing and vision on all kindergarten students, third grade students, and all students new to Prince William County Schools. The Lions Club is utilized for some of the screenings. If a child fails the first hearing screening, he/she is re-screened a few weeks later. If they fail a second time, a referral is sent home with the student. At that point, contact your physician regarding any follow up they feel is necessary. If a child fails the vision screening, a referral letter is sent home and the parent is to follow up as necessary. If you are unable to afford an eye exam and eyeglasses if necessary, please contact me - I may be able to provide an exam and eyeglasses for you. A parent may request that I do a hearing or vision screening at any time.

IF YOUR CHILD WEARS EYEGLASSES PLEASE MAKE SURE THEY WEAR THEM!!!!!

Scoliosis

Parents remember to have your student screened for scoliosis by their Primary Care Physician routinely


ATTENTION RISING 6TH GRADERS
Immunization Requirements and Recommendations:
Parents and Guardians of Rising 6th Grade Students:  EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2014, The Virginia Department of Health has mandated that a booster dose of Tdap vaccine is required for ALL children entering the 6th grade.  This is a change from previous years.  If you have any questions please contact Nurse Saunders.


http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/11/2016/04/HPVLetterEducFlyer.pdf

http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/11/2016/04/HPVLetterEducFlyer_Spanish.pdf

HANDWASHING
​Please watch the video below, handwashing is very important in preventing the spread of infections, colds, germs of all kinds.  Please stress good handwashing with your children.  The flu season is here and stays longer it seems every year, please be sure to have your child vaccinated.

The Importance of Hand Washing

Please call the Attendance Line for all Absences and Tardies
703-670-0733

WHEN TO STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL

Regulation 758-1
 

Illness or Injury Exclusion Criteria

Reasons for which a child may be sent home from school or for a parent to keep the child home from school.

1. Fever of 100ºF and over – exclude until student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours.

2. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, ringworm, and impetigo are all infections and must be treated with medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school. Please do not allow affected students back before this time so that other students are not infected unnecessarily.

3. Rash of unknown origin (especially if accompanied by a fever).

4. Head injury.

5. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.

6. Colds – a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.

7. Diarrhea or vomiting – exclude until student has been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.

8. Stiff neck associated with a fever and/or a recent injury.

9. Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in school.

10. Refer to the VDOH "Communicable Disease Reference Chart for School Personnel" for other exclusions/

CONCUSSION INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Please click on the link below to a presentation about head injuries and concussions. There is also a video clip of Tim Tebow as he suffered a concussion. To play the video, RIGHT click and choose "play." To stop the video, RIGHT click on it again, and un-select "play." 


CONCUSSION POWER POINT

CHANGE OF CLOTHES IN BACKPACKS
Parents of Kindergarten and First grade students please consider putting a full change of clothes in your child's backpack.  The clinic's supply of clothes is very low and often we can not supply a change in case of an accident.  Please place the change of clothes in a zip lock bag and it can stay in the student's backpack in case it is needed.  That will save you a trip to the school, and get your student back in class and feeling fresh in no time.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Nurse Saunders 571-298-0167.

New Medication Regulation 757-4
Regulation 757-4 was approved on October 19.  Some areas that I want to highlight with our school community include regulation of non medicated products.  

Products used for cosmetic purposes and not for relief of symptoms are not regarded as medication.  These products would include non-prescription eye care products such as saline or contact lens solutions and skin care preparations such as petroleum jelly, Clearasil, lip balm, hand lotion, insect repellent, and sunscreen.  Students may carry and appropriately use non-medicated products.  For the comfort and safety of others, spray or aerosol products are not to be used.

Cough drops and throat lozenges

Cough drops and throat lozenges may be carried and used by students in kindergarten through grade 12 as needed, provided that they are in the original container or packaging (Authorization for Medication Administration form is not required).  Students must not share cough drops or throat lozenges under any circumstances.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Nurse Saunders 571-298-0167.