Dear Parent or Guardian:
Greetings from your school health room! Our goal is to ensure that your student enjoys a healthy and safe school year. Please read the following information carefully and, if you have any questions, feel free to call either your School Health Aide, Theresa Burrage, or your school Public Health Nurse, Julianne Brechtl.
Health Room Services:
- Care of sick and injured students according to school guidelines.
- Hearing and vision screening (grades K, 3, 7, 10, new to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), and those students referred by teachers and parents).
- 911 will be called for serious illness, injuries, and allergic reactions.
Students will be sent home if they:
- Have a fever 100.4 degrees or above.
- Have skin conditions and rashes that have not been diagnosed previously. (A note is required from the student’s doctor for re-entry to school).
- Are vomiting. (Please make us aware of any medical conditions such as acid reflux that could cause stomach upset.) Have diarrhea.
- Red eye(s) that are itchy, watery, or have discharge (A note is required from the student’s doctor for re-entry to school).
- Have been injected with an epi-pen or been administered emergency allergy medication during school hours
- Have an allergic reaction during school hours (students must remain out of the building for the remainder of the school day).
- Every effort should be made to give medications at home.
- All medications must be in the original container. Pharmacy labels are required for all prescription medications and the directions on the pharmacy box/bottle must match the medication/inhaler/epi-pen authorization signed by the doctor.
- Medications must be transported to and from school by the parent or guardian and must have a completed FCPS Medication Authorization, Epinephrine Authorization, or Inhaler Authorization form.
- Forms are available @ http://www.fcps.edu/forms.shtml.
- Parent/guardian completes Part I of form, doctor Part II (with a few exceptions below), and the School Health Aide, will complete Part III when the medication and form is brought to school.
When part II of Medication Authorization form does NOT need to be completed by a doctor:
- The parent or guardian may authorize prescribed antibiotic and antiviral medication (for example ear and eye drops, ointments, as well as oral medication) by completing Parts I and II.
- The parent or guardian may authorize over-the-counter medication for minor symptoms for up to10 consecutive days by completing Parts I and II. If the over-the-counter medication is to be given for more than 10 consecutive school days, a doctor must complete Part II of form.
- The parent or guardian may authorize over-the-counter medications for pain relief of muscle aches, headache, orthodontic pain, or menstrual cramps throughout the school year by completing Parts I and II.
- Parents must fill out a label (available in the health room) & attach to over-the-counter medications.
- To prevent the spread of germs, it is recommended that a child who has a fever of 100.4 degrees and over, or is vomiting, or has diarrhea, be kept home for 24 hours after the last non-medicated episode of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Keep the school updated on health conditions and allergies or whenever there are changes to contact information.
Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in helping to make this a safe and healthy school year for all FCPS students.