Each school clinic is staffed with a full-time registered nurse, along with trained clinic assistants in the larger schools to support the well-being of a student's health. They provide health screenings, assessments for chronic and acute illness, and first aid for school-related injuries. The registered nurse at each school is available to consult with parents as needed, regarding health concerns of students. The school clinic does not serve as the student's physician or primary care provider.
Special Health Needs
Parents are asked to contact the school nurse if a child has any special nursing care needs that must be provided during school hours. Examples of this include catheterization, blood sugar checking, seizure precautions and other medical needs. The nurse will facilitate and coordinate arrangements for meeting these needs, along with parent and physician collaboration and input.
Administration of Medication
Administration of medications, especially short term, should be done at home whenever possible. If a student is required to take prescription or non-prescription medication during the school day, the medication should be taken to school by parents or guardians or an adult designee. All medication, prescribed (in original labeled container) and over-the-counter (in new sealed container), should be accompanied by a Request for Administration of Medication in Hampton Roads School form completed by either a physician, nurse practitioner, or dentist and include the parent's signature.
All medicine must be picked up by a parent at the end of the school year. Medicine not picked up will be disposed.
Students with asthma or the potential for severe allergic reactions require written health care plans to self-administer their inhaled asthma medication or their auto-injectable (epi-pen) medication. Additional questions and concerns may be directed to the registered nurse at your school.
- Keep children at home when they are sick. Rule of thumb: Child should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Keep immunizations and physical examinations up-to-date.
- Keep school nurse updated on health issues of your child and your current contact information.
- Provide children with a healthy breakfast prior to school and make arrangements for a healthy lunch.
- Make inquiries into the reduced or free breakfast and lunch program.
- Encourage children to play outdoors and to participate in wholesome exercise.
- Have children wear safe footwear, avoiding high heels, flip-flops and slides.
You may contact your school nurse or the Coordinator of Health Services at 757.263.2025.