King Elementary Nurse

Michelle Cota

CotaM@PWCS.EDU

 


 

Important News from the Nurse

Please review the Student Health Services protocols for Return to Learn below.  We are asking all parents/guardians to complete a daily questionnaire before the student leaves the house for school.    

Daily Questionnaire   

PWCS Health Protocols for 2020-2021

 

All preschool, kindergarten, and new to the county students are required to submit a Virginia School Entrance Health (Physical) Form and immunization record completed by a licensed provider prior to the first day of school. School entrance physicals must be completed within one year of entry. This means that for the 2020-2021 school year, physicals must be completed between September 8, 2019 and September 7, 2020. This is in accordance with the Virginia Department of Education school entrance requirements and is a requirement for both in person and virtual schooling within the county. Due to the holiday weekend, these records must be provided to the school nurse by Friday, September 4, 2020 at 4:00 pm in order to begin classes on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Blank copies of the School Entrance Health form (and other related forms) that can be provided to your child's health care provider are linked below. If you need assistance or resources regarding school entrance physicals or immunizations, please contact the school nurse, Michelle Cota, at Cotam@pwcs.edu. 

 

Reasons Your Child Should Stay Home From School Or May Be Sent Home By The Nurse During The School Day:

  1. Fever of 100.4º F and over - exclude until student has been fever-free without the use of fever reducing medications (like Tylenol or Motrin) 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 with fever and/or behavioral changes, until a primary care provider has determined that the illness is not a communicable disease.
  4. Head injury.
  5. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.
  6. Colds – a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.
  7. Diarrhea – sudden increase in frequency to more than three loose/watery stools per day. Exclude until student has been symptom free for at least 24 hours.
  8. Vomiting – unless the vomiting is determined to be caused by a diagnosed non-communicable/non-infectious condition (such as dysmenorrhea, dysphagia, etc.).
  9. Abdominal pain that continues for more that two hours or intermittent abdominal pain associated with fever or other signs or symptoms.
  10. Stiff neck associated with fever and/or a recent injury.
  11. Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in school.
  12. Refer to the Virginia Department of Health’s “Communicable Disease Reference Chart for School Personnel” for other exclusions/information.
  13. Refer to PWCS Regulation 757-1

All students should have up-to-date parent/guardian contact information and three local emergency contacts on file with the school in the event that contact needs to be made due to a student health emergency.