As your School Nurse, my role is to support student learning by promoting a healthy and safe environment for your child. Throughout the year you will find me in our health clinic assessing students and in the classroom reinforcing healthy habits like proper handwashing to prevent the spread of germs and the importance of making healthy food choices.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns about the health and well being of your child.
Fifth graders need Tdap for entry into Middle School
In 2006, the Virginia General Assembly passed a law requiring all sixth-grade students have a Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) booster shot prior to the start of the September school year. Please give proof of this immunization to the school nurse once your child turns eleven. If your child turns eleven after Sept. 6, adoctor's note indicating when they will recieve the Tdap shot is required. Shots may be obtained from your doctor, military clinics, or the health department.
Without proof of this immunization, your child will not be able to enroll in school. All PWC students must meet Virginia immunization requirements.
Please send documentation to the school nurse as soon as possible. This will help your child have a smooth transition to middle school.
Guidelines for Keeping Children Home
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 100°F and over - exclude until student has been fever-free for a 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.
3. Rash of unknown (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 a 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.
Keeping you healthy, tried and true, hand washing is the best thing to do!
Hand washing remains one of the most effective aids of prevention. Please watch this video,
The Importance Hand Washing
, with your children.
Does Your Child Need Health Insurance?
Prince William County Schools are working with INOVA's Partnership for Healthier Kids outreach services to help connect eligible students and families with state and government health insurance programs (Medicaid and FAMIS) and to provide application and enrollment assistance.
For questions or more information contact our School Nurse, Mrs. Pais, at 703-445-0930.
We are promoting healthy lifestyles with the 9-5-2-1-0 campaign.
for more information.
9 hours of sleep every night
5 fruits or vegetables every day
2 or less hours of screen (TV or computer) time each day
1 hour physical activity each day
0 sugary beverages
Free Health Screening and Health Fair
FREE Health Screening and Health Fair at Hylton High School on July 26, 2014, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
This event will include: Free school entry physicals ( kg -5th grade), Free sports physicals (6th - 12th grade), Vision and hearing screenings, Concussion training for MS/HA parents and their students athletes, Enrollment assistance for Medicaid and FAMIS programs, health and wellness information, free giveaways and much more!
Space is limited. Call for an appointment 703-967-3772. All students are welcome to attend, including those without health insurance.