NEWS FROM THE NURSE
WHEN TO STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL
Regulation 758-1, Attachment I
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/
THE EFFECTS OF DEHYDRATION ON HEALTH AND LEARNING
Dehydration is defined as not having enough water in your body to carry out total functions required daily. It may result from not drinking enough and/or from losing body water. Dehydration can develop rapidly or slowly depending on the health of the body at a given time. The sensation of thirst is not triggered until we are dehydrated (a loss of 1-2% of body weight in water), so it is important for adults and school staff to encourage students to drink regularly. Water makes up 80% of the brain and is essential in neurological transmissions. Poor hydration adversely affects a child's mental performance and learning ability by reducing the brain's ability to transmit and receive information. Studies show that once thirst is felt, mental performance including memory attention and concentration decreases by as much as 10% so it is important to encourage our students to drink regularly.
PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION INFORMATION
A written order from the physician is required if students are in need of prescription medication during the school day. The medication must be in a container which has a current pharmacy label. If students require an over the counter medication a new sealed container should be provided. Parents must complete and sign a form for the over the counter medication. All types of medication must be brought to school by an adult, students cannot carry medication to school.
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR FAMILIES NEW TO PWC SCHOOLS
Students who enter PWC Schools for the first time are required to provide a physical examination. This examination has to be performed by a qualified health care provider within 12 months. If immunizations are missing, the student must obtain the immunizations before starting school.
FANNIE W. FITZGERALD IS PROMOTING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES
Healthy Snacks to Bring to School
CELEBRATIONS AT SCHOOL
We encourage our parents to send nutritional snacks or an alternative to a snack, such as pencils, erasers, stickers or donate a book to the school or classroom in honor of your child.
*Please Note: Items sent in for celebrations must be store bought and have a visible nutritional label. NO HOME MADE ITEMS ALLOWED.
TDAP BOOSTERS FOR RISING 6TH GRADERS!
According to the Prince William County School's regulation #755-1, ALL students entering middle school 6th grade must have a Tdap booster before entering middle school in September. This requirement applies to all students that are 11 years old and if at least five years have passed since receiving the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine. Please do not wait until the summer...If your child has already turned 11, please bring him/her to the doctor/health department to receive the Tdap booster. If your child has already received the booster, please send in a copy of the record to the nurse so it can be added to your child's file. Please be advised that students will not be allowed to enter middle school without documentation of this immunization!