Sick Call: When Students Should be Absent
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.
- Fever of 100ºF and over – exclude until student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours.
- 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.
- Rash of unknown origin (especially if accompanied by a fever).
- Head injury.
- Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.
- Colds – a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.
- Diarrhea or vomiting – exclude until student has been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
- Stiff neck associated with a fever and/or a recent injury.
- Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in school.
- Refer to the VDOH “Communicable Disease Reference Chart for School Personnel” for other exclusions/information.
What Services Does the School Nurse Provide?
Health Services: Assesses health and development, provides nursing interventions and evaluates students responses to care.
Health Education: Provides health education to students, staff and parents.
Healthy Environment: Identifies health and safety concerns in the school environment.
Nutrional Services: Supports healthy food services programs.
Physical Education/Activity: Promotes health and physical education which promotes healthy behaviors.
Counseling/Mental Health: Assesses needs, provides interventions and refers students to appropriate staff or community agencies.
Parent/Community Involvement: Promotes community involvement.
It is the intent of the Prince William County Public Schools (PWCPS) to assist parents/guardians when they are unable to come to school to administer medication by giving needed medication to the student so that the student may maintain school attendance.
Every effort should be made by the parent/guardian for the student to receive needed medication outside of the school day. Prescription or over-the-counter drugs, pain relievers, cough medicine, inhalants, etc., shall be administered to students by parent/guardians outside of school hours except in unusual circumstances.
The first or adjusted dose of medication shall be administered at home by the parent/guardian. The first or adjusted dose will not be given at school.
ALL STUDENTS AND PARENTS ARE REMINDED OF THE FOLLOWING:
School personnel cannot adminster ANY medication until a form, signed by the parent is on file in the clinic. All prescription medication must also have a physician's signature on the PWC medication form before a prescription medication can be administered. All medication, prescription and over-the-counter (i.e., Tylenol, Advil, etc.) brought to school MUST be in the original sealed container and kept in the clinic. It should be in small amounts as storage space is limited.
Students may keep in their possession certain medications, such as presciption inhalers and Epi-pens as warranted with a Health Treatment Plan on file signed by the physician.
Under no other circumstances will students be permitted to carry medication without the direct written physicains order and agreement of the school nurse or an administrator.
The following PWCS forms attached below can be downloaded for your convenience. Please complete or have your physician complete and return the completed form to the clinic.
753.01-1 Scoliosis Screening
753-2 Procedures to Follow in Cases of Suspected Head Lice Control
753-3 Contagious or Infectious Diseases/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
753-4 Health Procedures to be Used in Cleaning Instructional Equipment
753-5 Experiments with Human Body Fluid or Human Tissue
753-6 Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
753-7 Management of Students with Cancer in the School Setting
753-8 Management of Student Bite Injuries
754.01-1 Physical Examination
754.02-1 Physical Examinations for Athletics
755-1 Immunization Requirements
756-1 Physical Inspections and Testing
757-1 Administering Temporary First Aid
757-2 Health Services, Allergic Reactions
757-3 Guidelines for School Staff to Carry Out Health Treatment and/or Emergency Treatment Procedures in the School Setting
757-4 Administering Medication
757-5 Administration of Asthma Medications to Students
757-6 Administering Insulin and Glucagon
757-7 Management of Epileptic Seizures in the School Setting
757-8 Mental Health Procedures