Nurses Corner

Mrs. Cathy Griffith, RN – stsclinic@stsashburn.com

Mrs. Karen Stallings, RN

Direct Phone Number – 703-840-0091

 

ABSENCES AND SICKNESS

Parents must pick up their sick or injured child in a timely manner when contacted.  If the parent cannot be reached, emergency contacts will be called to pick up the child.

Students with fevers and/or contagious or infectious diseases will be sent home promptly and will be excluded from school while in that condition, according to Virginia Department of Health regulations.  Once the student is confirmed to be free of communicable illness by a health care provider or is fever free/symptom free for 24 hours without taking anti-fever medications, the student may return to school.

Infectious/Communicable Diseases:

Parents must notify the school within 24 hours if their child or any member of the immediate household has developed a communicable disease.  Parents must notify the school immediately if the disease is life threatening.

HEALTH FORMS

For those students are new at St. Theresa School, please ensure that the completed Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Health Forms are in the office no later than August 5th.  Remember to copy the original health assessment for your records before submitting the original to the school.

Permission for Emergency Care Form (Updated 6/26/17)

Permission for Emergency Care  Forms are due by the first day of school for each child in a family and are accepted online only.  The office will be contacting any families that have not enter the information online.  If there is any insurance or medical changes during the school year, please submit a new form online.

Medication Authorization Form (Updated 6/5/15)

For all medication prescribed by a physician, or over the counter medications, except inhalers or Epi-Pens, please print and complete a Medication Authorization Form and return it to the Clinic.

Asthma Medication Authorization Forms (Updated 6/5/15)

For students with asthma, please download and complete the following forms and return them to the Clinic.

Allergy Treatment Plans and Authorization Forms (Updated 5/9/17)

For students with allergies that use only Benadryl, please download and complete the following form and return it to the Clinic.

For students with allergies that use an Epi-Pen or Auvi-Q, please download and complete the following forms and return them to the Clinic.

Diabetes Emergency Reference Forms (Updated 5/9/17)

For students with diabetes, please download and complete the following forms and return them to the Clinic.

MINIMUM IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

Documentary proof shall be provided of adequate age appropriate immunization with the prescribed number of doses of vaccine indicated below for attendance at a public or private elementary, middle or secondary school, child care center, nursery school, family day care home or developmental center. Vaccines must be administered in accordance with the harmonized schedule of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, and American Academy of Family Physicians and must be administered within spacing and age requirements (available at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/Epidemiology/Immunization/acip.htm). Children vaccinated in accordance with either the current harmonized schedule or the harmonized catch-up schedules (including meeting all minimum age and interval requirements) are considered to be appropriately immunized for school attendance.

Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, or Tdap).  A minimum of 4 doses. A child must have at least one dose of DTaP or DTP vaccine on or after the fourth birthday. DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus) vaccine is required for children who are medically exempt from the pertussis containing vaccine (DTaP or DTP). Adult Td is required for children 7 years of age and older who do not meet the minimum requirements for tetanus and diphtheria. Effective July 1, 2006, a booster dose of Tdap vaccine is required for all children entering the 6th grade, if at least five years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine.

Hepatitis B Vaccine.  A complete series of 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine is required for all children. However, the FDA has approved a 2-dose schedule ONLY for adolescents 11-15 years of age AND ONLY when the Merck Brand (RECOMBIVAX HB) Adult Formulation Hepatitis B Vaccine is used. If the 2-dose schedule is used for adolescents 11-15 years of age it must be clearly documented on the school form.

Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR) Vaccine. A minimum of 2 measles, 2 mumps, and 1 rubella. (Most children receive 2 doses of each because the vaccine usually administered is the combination vaccine MMR). First dose must be administered at age 12 months or older. Second dose of vaccine must be administered prior to entering kindergarten but can be administered at any time after the minimum interval between dose 1 and dose 2.

Polio Vaccine. A minimum of 4 doses of polio vaccine. One dose must be administered on or after the fourth birthday. See supplemental guidance document for additional information.
Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine. All susceptible children born on and after January 1, 1997, shall be required to have one dose of chickenpox vaccine administered at age 12 months or older. Effective March 3, 2010, a second dose must be administered prior to entering kindergarten but can be administered at any time after the minimum interval between dose 1 and dose 2.

For further information, please call the Division of Immunization at 1-800-568-1929 (in state only) or 804-864- 8055.

Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV).  After reviewing educational materials approved by the Board of Health, the parent or guardian, at the parent’s or guardian’s sole discretion, may elect for the child not to receive the HPV vaccine.   Effective October 1, 2008, a complete series of 3 doses of HPV vaccine is optional for females. The first dose shall be administered before the child enters the 6th grade. Please review the letters from both the Commonwealth and the Diocese explaining this recommendation.

Vaccines can be obtained from the Loudoun County Department at no cost.   The Health Department clinics administer vaccines by APPOINTMENT ONLY Mon-Wed-Thurs-Fri 8:30am-5pm and Tuesdays 11am-6pm at the following location:

102 Heritage Way, NE (Walmart Shopping Center)
Leesburg VA 20176
703-777-0236

You must bring the student’s current immunization record to the Health Department vaccination appointment. Visit the Loudoun County website for up-to-date information on clinic times and locations.

LYME DISEASE

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria that some people get after being bitten by ticks infected with an organism named Borrelia burgdorferi. The organism that causes Lyme Disease is maintained in wild rodents, deer, other mammals and certain ticks, most commonly the black-legged (deer) tick. It is transferred to people by the bite of an infected tick.

Who gets Lyme disease?

People of any age and in any part of Loudoun County can get Lyme disease. Infections occur throughout the year, but are more common during the late spring and summer and in people who work or play outdoors. Dogs, cats, and horses can also get Lyme disease.

Signs & Symptoms

In most people, the first evidence of Lyme disease infection consists of a “bulls eye” skin rash at the site of the tick bite or developing such flu-like symptoms as fatigue, fever, headache, stiff neck, and/or muscle or joint pain within three to 30 days after being bitten by an infected tick.

The “bulls eye” rash, called erythema migrans (EM), is red and slowly gets bigger, usually with a clearing in the center. It is not painful and does not itch.

Both the rash and flu-like symptoms may last up to several weeks and will typically go away with or without treatment. If the early infection is not treated though, other problems may develop such as nervous system disorders, heart problems, or joint swelling and pain.

For more information about Lyme Disease in Loudoun County, visit the County website at:  Lyme Disease

CHICKEN POX (VARICELLA)

If your child develops chicken pox, please report this to the school clinic ASAP.

What is Chickenpox?

Although chickenpox is usually not a serious illness, it often causes children to miss days from school and parents to miss work while they stay home to take care of their children. In some cases, chickenpox may be more serious, especially in young infants, adults, and immuno- suppressed individuals.

How is it transmitted?

The Varicella virus that causes chickenpox can be spread easily from person to person by way of droplets spread through the air from an infected person’s nose and throat, or by direct contact with fluid from chickenpox blisters prior to crusting over. Another way to contract chickenpox is by handling articles that are soiled by the infected person’s chickenpox lesions.

How long is it contagious?

A person is most contagious for a day or two before the rash appears and for as long as five days after the rash begins. Once scabs form over all of the blisters, the person can no longer spread the disease. Chickenpox generally results in lifelong immunity, although people may rarely be infected a second time. However, the virus may remain dormant and recur years or decades later as herpes zoster (shingles).

What should I to do if chickenpox occurs?

If your child does contract chickenpox, to prevent the spread of the illness, he or she should be kept home from school and away from any other susceptible children until all blisters have crusted over. Vaccinated children who develop chickenpox are still contagious and should be kept at home as well until any lesions either crust over or disappear.

More information is available at http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/Chickenpox-Varicella-Topic-Overview .

SCOLIOSIS SCREENING

Scoliosis is a condition that can affect the spines of many children, teenagers and adults.  Please refer to this information sheet for a home test for Scoliosis_Screening.  It is important to have your child screened, especially in the middle school years, by your doctor for Scoliosis.

For more information about scoliosis, its causes, and treatments visit iScoliosis.com.

 

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