THE ROLE OF THE SCHOOL NURSE IS TO SUPPORT STUDENT LEARNING BY PROMOTING HEALTH AND WELLNESS.

PWCSPS Health Services My name is Mary Phifer BSN, RN and I am the school nurse at Hampton Middle School. I am a graduate of Berea College with a BS degree in Nursing. I have had many years of experience as a nursing professional in various settings. This is my 11th year as a School Nurse with PWCS. 


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns related to student health.

Department Contacts
Mary Phifer BSN RN


ANNOUNCEMENTS

IMMUNIZATIONS
REQUIRED Tdap Vaccination

VaccinationAll students, regardless of age, entering 6th grade (and students new to Prince William County Schools in 7th and 8th grades) must submit written valid documentation of Tdap vaccination after the age of 7 years. Valid documentation needs to include: the student's name, name and date of vaccination given, name/address/telephone number of facility giving the vaccine and the signature of the healthcare provider. By state law, without documentation of this vaccination, students will not be able to attend school. Please submit all updated immunization records before the first day of school.
NOTE: Only 1 does of Tdap is required, regardless of the interval since the last dose of pertussis-containing vaccine. Please see PWCS Regulation 755-1 (Immunization Requirement) for information regarding required documentation for Religious and Medical exemptions.
MEDICATION
MedicinesAny medication to be administered at school must be provided by the parent in a new, sealed, original container and be accompanied by the required form!  Medications delivered to school without the completed/signed form (parent signature for OTC medications and physician signature for prescription medications) will not be administered to your student.   Please refer to regulation #757-4 when requesting medication to be administered to your student. 
VISION & HEARING SCREENING

EyesAll 7th grade students and those new to PWCS will have vision & hearing screening this fall. Parents will be notified if a student does not successfully pass the screening and a recommendation is needed for further examination by a physician.

SCOLIOSIS

ScoliosisSee Department Links for additional information  







EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Emergency*Please provide the school with current emergency contact information for your child and remember to update when changes have occurred.



HEALTH CONCERNS

Absence*Please notify school personnel if your child is absent due to a contagious illness. 
*Please notify nurse of any health concern or condition that may affect your child's school day 


IS MY CHILD TOO ILL TO ATTEND SCHOOL?

mooseParents are often confronted with this decision when their child complains of not feeling well. The following guidelines may be helpful but they do not cover every medical condition and does not take the place of seeking medical attention. 

Fever
 - 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher - A fever is a sign of illness. A child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher should not attend school until student has been fever free for at least 24 hours (without fever reducing medication).

Colds- Minor cold symptoms are common and usually don't interfere with school attendance. A child with thick or constant nasal discharge or constant cough should remain home.

Rash - A rash may cover the entire body or only one area. A student who has a rash of unknown origin or accompanied with a fever should not attend school.

Vomiting/Diarrhea - Student should not attend school until symptom- free for at least 24hours.

Stick neck
 -associated with a fever and /or a recent injury

Head injury
 -student should not come to school until doctor has cleared to do so.

Conjunctivitis
  - (
pink eye), strep infections,ringworm,and impetigo are all infections and must be treated with medication for a minimum of 24hours before returning to school.

Inadequate immunizations
 with known disease outbreak in school.

9-5-2-1-0 for Health  health

The Northern Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition is promoting healthy lifestyles for children & youth through the 
Tipping the Scales for Better Health Campaign. 

9- Get at least 9 hours of sleep per day
5- Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day
2- Limit screen time to no more than 2 hours per day
1- Get at least one hour of physical activity per day
0- Avoid beverages with added sugar

For more information, click on link below or go to
 www.tippingthescales.net