Health services for our students
Greetings from your School Health Room!
Our goal is to ensure that your student will enjoy a healthful, safe school year. Please read the following information carefully, and if you have any questions feel free to call your School Public Health Nurse, Mary Joan Shea, RN, at 571-722-5780.
The health room will be open to drop-off of medications Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
All medications are required to have a medication authorization. We cannot accept medication that has expired.
Asthma inhalers are now required to come with the Virginia Asthma Action Plan completed by your student's doctor as well as an Authorization for Virginia Asthma Action Plan to be completed by parents and students.
Your School Health Room services include:
- Care of sick and injured students according to school guidelines.
- Hearing and vision screening (grades K, 3, 7, 10, new to FCPS schools and those students referred by teachers and parents).
- Administration of care for students with identified problems/conditions during the school day.
- Coordination of care for students with identified problems/conditions during the school day.
How can you help your School Health Room provide the best possible care?
- Advise the School Health Aide and Public Health Nurse of any special health concerns.
- Immediately notify the PE teacher if your child has any PE restrictions.
- Provide current home, work, and alternate telephone numbers for the Emergency Care Information form. Generally, a student may remain in the clinic for 15 minutes. After that, if he or she is still feeling ill, parents will be called to take the student home.
- Keep sick children home. It is difficult to concentrate or do schoolwork when not feeling well.
- Children who have fevers (temperature of 100.4 degrees), vomiting or diarrhea are not able to remain in school. It is best for children to be at home for 24 hours after these conditions resolve.
- When medication must be administered during the school day, follow the medication policies.
- Complete the FCPS Medication Authorization form.
- Provide the school with properly labeled containers (your pharmacist will usually provide an extra container if you request it).
- Medications must be transported to and from school by a parent.
- Medications must be kept in the school Health Room or other school approved location.
Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in helping to make this a safe and healthy school year for all FCPS students.
Mary Joan Shea RN, BSN
Public Health Nurse
Additional important health authorization forms can be found here
Medication Authorization Forms
Release of Student from School
- Only those individuals designated on the Emergency Care Information form will be contacted either to excuse or take your student home. If the clinic contacts you to excuse your student from school, the clinic must have voice contact with the responsible adult to dismiss the student from school grounds. In an emergency, 911 will be called prior to contacting the parent.