Student Health Services

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Student Health Services work to promote child and adolescent health and reduce health-related risk behaviors. It is comprised of school nurses, a school health services supervisor, and a medical consultant.

 


The Role of the School Nurse

School Nurses are Specialized Instructional Support Personnel. They are the pivotal role that bridges healthcare and education. School nurses are instrumental in removing health barriers for all students. They maintain and support students with physical and mental health care needs to support academic success.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes the important role school nurses play in promoting the optimal biopsychosocial health and well-being of school-aged children in the school setting.


Required Health Information and Forms for Parents

The first four tabs below will provide families with necessary forms and guidance needed to update your student's medical information when returning to school.  Medication cannot be administered to any student without appropriate authorization forms completed and on file. Any medication must be be provided in a new, sealed container with  the completed authorization form.  Students may NOT transport medication to and from school.  Any medication not meeting the PWCS regulations will not be administered to your student.

Medications at School

Medications at School

Medication cannot be administered to any student without appropriate authorization forms completed and on file. Any medication must be be provided in a new, sealed container with the completed authorization form. Students may NOT transport medication to and from school. Any medication not meeting the PWCS regulations will not be administered to your student.

In accordance with the Code of Virginia 22.1-274.2 and § 8.01-226.5:1, students diagnosed with asthma or anaphylactic reaction may possess and self administer certain inhaled asthma medications, self-injected epinephrine, or other emergency medication, with the appropriate authorization form on file.

Medical Authorization Forms
Management of Allergic Reactions in the School Setting

(Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plans must be submitted annually at the beginning of each school/SACC year dated after May 1, and whenever modifications are made to this plan.) 

Management of Diabetes in the School Setting
Other Medical Forms

Medication Permission Form for Extended Day/Overnight Field Trips (PDF)

Immunization Requirements

Required Health Forms

Additional Information

When Students Should be Absent Due to Illness

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 the 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 the 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 Virginia Dept of Health (VDH) Communicable Disease Reference Chart for School Personnel for other exclusions/information.

School Health Advisory Board

The School Health Advisory Board (SHAB) is an advisory group composed of individuals from broad-based segments of the community committed to creating healthy school environments so students may realize their learning potential. The school division generally appoints members of a school health advisory board.

The mission is to advise the school division on issues and programs related to health and healthy lifestyles.

Wellness Plan

School Nurse Services

What Services Does the School Nurse Provide?

Annual Health Screening: Vision and hearing screening of all kindergartners, third graders, seventh graders, tenth graders, and newly enrolled PWCS students is conducted each fall by the school nurse and clinic volunteers. This is only a brief screening; parents should continually be alert to identify vision or hearing difficulties that indicate a need for an examination by a specialist.

Health Services:
 Assess health and development, provides nursing interventions, and evaluates student responses to care.

Health Education: 
Provides health education to students, staff, and parents.

Healthy Environment: Identifies health and safety concerns in the school environment.

Nutritional Services:  Supports healthy food services programs.

Physical Education/Activity:  Promotes health and physical education which promotes healthy behaviors.

Counseling/Mental Health:   Assess needs, provides interventions and refers students to appropriate staff or community agencies.

Parent/Community Involvement: Promotes community involvement in assuring a healthy school.

Staff Wellness: Provides health education and wellness programs to school staff.

School Staff Training

Code of Virginia Training Required for School Staff

CPR/First Aid/AED
This course addresses the teaching, learning, and working environment is caring, safe and healthy, and values human diversity of the strategic plan. This course is provided for PWCS staff members. Instruction will be provided for a 2 year ECSI CPR/AED certification and 3 year First Aid certification. Participants will be trained in Standard First Aid and CPR/AED techniques.

Administration of Medication

This course addresses the teaching, learning, and working environment is caring, safe and healthy, and values human diversity of the strategic plan. This course is provided for PWCS staff members designated to be trained by school principals. Attendees must complete the entire program. Successful completion of the Administration of Medication course will help staff safely care for students requiring medication at school. Once the course is completed a school nurse shall provide annual one-hour refresher training for two consecutive years. School staff designated must also attend a refresher course every three years after initial training.
Legal reference: Chapter 881, Code of VA, § 55.1-3408, M.

Insulin & Glucagon
This course addresses the teaching, learning, and working environment is caring, safe and healthy, and values human diversity of the strategic plan. This course is provided for PWCS staff members designated to be trained by school principals. Attendees must complete the entire program. Successful completion of the Insulin & Glucagon course will help staff safely care for diabetic students. Once the course is completed a school nurse shall provide annual one-hour refresher training for two consecutive years. School staff designated must also attend a refresher course every three years after initial training.
Legal reference: Section § 22.1-274 part E of Code of VA.