The School Health Program is to support student learning in a healthy and safe environment. You can ensure the health and safety of all Stonewall Jackson High School students by:
- Notifying the school nurse of any health concerns/chronic health conditions that may affect the school day.
- Follow PWCS regulations when requesting medications to be given during school day.
- Provide current emergency contact information
Notifying school personnel/nurse of contagious illness
- Keeping sick children at home until fever free for 24 hours
- Encourage good hygiene and hand washing practices at home and school
Please do not hesitate to contact Nurse Haun with any medical questions.
Health Services: Assesses 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 healthy behaviors.
Counseling/Mental Health: Assesses needs, provides interventions and refers students to appropriate staff or community agencies.
Parent/Community Involvement: Promotes community involvement. Parent and teen education on health, wellness, and disease processes.
What Services Does the School Nurse Provide?
Welcome back to a new school year, everyone should be relaxed and ready to go for the 2016-2017 school year. Parents please encourage your child to get 8 - 9 hours of sleep at night and eat a well balanced breakfast before coming to school. This will enhance the students readiness to start the day and hopefully keep him/her healthy.
Registration requires compliance with Regulation 755-1, Immunization requirements and Regulation 723-4, Tuberculosis Screening Requirement. You must maintain a valid immunization record from registration through graduation. Immunizations are reviewed monthly to maintain compliance with all state and federal regulations.
Students are not permitted to carry any medications on their person without authorization from a parent and physician. A student may wish to have over the counter medications in the clinic for headaches, menstrual cramps, or upset stomach. This requires a medication form signed by the parent and an unopened small bottle of the medication. Prescription medications require a physician signature along with a parent signature. I can only dispense the age appropriate dose listed on the bottle. If your doctor would like your child to receive more, then have your physician fill out the physician's portion of the medication form. Student's may carry their own cough drops, mints for use during the school day. These items must be in there original wrapper and not shared with other students. Student's may also carry a plastic water bottle to class.
Students with specific health concerns such as Allergies that require Epi Pen usage, diabetes, seizures, cancer, asthma, and any other procedure require a Specific Health Treatment Plan. See below links to retrieve plans of care.
Reactions to food-borne allergies can be life threatening. Our school is working hard to minimize the risk. As needed, special cafeteria areas may be reserved for the exclusive use of those whose meals are free of specific allergy inducing products. If appropriate, you will receive a notice alerting you to specific food allergy concerns of a student in your child’s class; it will specify products that should not be brought into the classroom—please follow it carefully. PWCS complies with a new Virginia law requiring all schools to have epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) and staff trained to administer the life-saving drug to students in emergencies. This is a last resort for unforeseen reactions. Students with known food allergies should continue to have their own Epi Pens, along with complete emergency health plans on file with the school nurse.
Fun in the Sun Tips
Allergy season is upon us and allergies can be caused by many triggers. Pollen is a major contributor of allergies that begin in the spring. Here are some ways to help decrease allergy symptoms:
Wash hair daily
Change pillow cases frequently
Wash hands frequently, and avoid touching the face
Take allergy medicine as needed
See your physician as needed
Different meds you can take.
(allergies - Claritin or Allegra or Zrytec) – ( take only one of these at a time)
(throat - Chloreseptic lozengers/spray)
(nose - Ocean spray saline drops- Nasal Cort or Flonase)
(eyes - Visine allergy drops or Naphcon A or Ophcon A)
The sun's ultraviolet light can damage your skin in as little as 15 min so remember to follow these recommendations from the American Cancer Society as you enjoy the sun this spring and summer.
1. Avoid long periods outside in intense sunlight (between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm)
2. If going outside, wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and cover up with light clothing, and hats
3. Wear Sunglasses
4. Find shade under an umbrella, trees or a shelter
5. Stay out of tanning booths
6. Check your skin regularly for any suspicious blemishes, spots or moles
Here are some of the regulations and forms that you may find helpful:
Allergy Action Plan
Asthma Action Plan
HTP/Emergency Treatment Plan
Seizure Care Plan
Cancer Care Plan
Curvature of the Spine