The Student Health Services Program

The Student Health Program works 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.



Allergies - Information & Resources

Whether caused by peanuts, dairy products, bees, or dust, allergies can be life threatening.

  • Please observe school warnings meant to protect students with serious allergies;
  • Report student allergies to the school nurse immediately;
  • Provide EpiPens, if necessary—schools have EpiPens for unexpected emergencies, but the right prescription from a doctor provides greater safety for your child.

 


Eating Disorders

 


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.


  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/information.

School Nurse Services

The Role of the School Nurse

The primary role of the school nurse is to support student learning. This is accomplished by implementing strategies that promote student and staff health.

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 need for examination by a specialist.

Health Services

Assesses the 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.

Nutritional Services

Supports healthy food services programs.

Physical Education/Activity

Promotes health and physical education which promotes health behaviors.

Counseling/Mental Health

Assesses 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.

Immunization Information 


Vaccinations

Rising 7th Graders Need Tdap Vaccine

Virginia Dept of Health Letter: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV Vaccine for Rising 6th Graders
 
Virus de Papiloma Humano (VPH) y la Vacuna Contra el VPH para estudiantes que van entrar al sexto grado

Protecting Student Health

Protecting student health is a top priority for Prince William County Public Schools. The School Health Services Program is ready to address important health issues:

Concussion Training 

Eating Disorders

Flu Season Prevention

Coronavirus

Care of Students with Diabetes