School Nurse: Julie Montgomery, MSN, BSN, RN
montgoja@pwcs.edu

Announcements

4/24/2020
FOOD HELP LINE 703-794-4668.   Families can call and agents  will help direct you to their nearest food pantry based on your location or they will be entered into a system to get a delivery if they do not have transportation or are immune compromised.

Covid-19

During this Covid-19 outbreak  in our county, state, country and the world, it is easy to be misinformed.  If you are interested in Covid-19 information please use a reputable site to answer your concerns and/or update yourself.  Here are some links and URLs that you might find helpful. Please copy and paste URLs in your browser.   

Virginia Department of Health  http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/  
Center for Disease Control (CDC)  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html  
National Institute of Health (NIH)  https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus  
World Health Organization (WHO)  https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

National Center on Early Childhood Health & Wellness (NCECHW) 
• Email:      health@ecetta.info 
• Website:       https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/health 
• COVID-19 Health Information:      https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/physical-health/coronavirus/healthhygiene
 
California Childcare Health Program (CCHP) COVID-19 Resources 
https://cchp.ucsf.edu 

Sesame Street: How to Self Hug with Abby Cadabby 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa_ qNH8u3OM 

National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Association
• Caring for Children while Social Distancing      https://cacfp.ispringcloud.com/acc/a6v1jvU0NDYzOA/ s/44638-uWjzs-d0E7Q-6puDA

Handwashing Video  --Video to show students on how to wash hands properly while singing "Baby Sharks". 

PWCS cares deeply about students' emotional well-being during their time away from school. If a student is in need of emotional support during this time, please feel free to send an e-mail to studentsupportservices@pwcs.edu. A school mental health or health professional will answer and offer virtual support to students to the best of their ability. This e-mail is not to be used for emergency situations as it will not be monitored 24 hours a day. If a student is ever in an emergency situation he/she is encouraged to call 911 or utilize one of the resources listed below:

Emergency Resources:
ACTS Helpline 703.368.4141
1.800.SUICIDE ( 24-hour hotline)
Crisis Text Hotline (24-hour hotline) 741741
PWC Child Protective Services Hotline 703.792.4200
PWC Community Services Board 703.792.7800

While supporting INS families during the Covid-19 remote status, additional resources are available to include:

 
CR2 (Children's Emergency Response): https://www.cr2crisis.com/about-our-service


Stop the Spread of Germs
 
According to the Center for Disease Control you can help stop the spread of disease by doing the following: 

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub .
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • See Everyday Preventive Actions   [257 KB, 2 pages] (PDF) and Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) for more information about actions, apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine, that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like influenza.( FLU )


Keep your child home when??


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.

Medication Requirements

Parents/ Guardians must  fill out the appropriate medication permission form. See PWCS regulation 757-4 Attachment 1. Parents or guardians need to bring the medication to school. 

Students are not allowed to carry medications in school for safety reason.

Remove all medications  after the backpack is used to transport medication after school and on the weekends.

Medication found in backpacks or in the students possession on school property is in violation of PWCS policies. This violation may result in disciplinary actions.  Inhaler or Epipen, needs  a Treatment plan stating the student may carry the medication.


Prince William County Regulations that govern our clinic practices:

Asthma/Asthma Action Plan Regulation 757-5
Allergy/Allergy action Plan Regulation 757-2
Cancer Regulation 753-7
Diabetes forms/Treatment plans Regulation 757-6
Illness or Injury Exclusion Criteria Regulation 758-1
Immunization Requirements Regulation 755-1
Seizure Regulation 757-7
Emergency Treatment form Regulation 757-3
Medication administration form Regulation 757-4

**Regulations can be viewed and forms downloaded by visiting the following link- select 7000- Students:
 
PWCS Health Regulations