School Health Program

  • Pulaski County Public Schools Health Annual Report 2015-2016

    Annual Report 2015-2016
  • Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Information for 6th-12th Grade Students

    Parent Vaccination Letter
    What You Need to Know: Vaccine (Inactivated or Recombinant)
    What You Need to Know: Vaccine (Live, Intranasal)
    Vaccine Concent Form
  • School Nurses

    The School Health Program of Pulaski County Public Schools in committed to the premise that all students have the need for and the right to receive quality health services from a registered school nurse while in the school setting. School Health Services fosters the growth, development and educational achievement of our students by promoting their health and well-being.

    Supervisor of School Health Services
    School Nurse at Snowville Elementary School
    Mary L. Hall, RN BSN
    Phone: 540-643-0531
    Fax: 540 643-0193

    April Andrews, RN BSN
    School Nurse at Dublin Elementary School
    Clinic Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Phone: 540-643-0713
    Fax: 540 643-0733

    Jenny Shepherd, RN
    School Nurse at Pulaski Elementary School
    Clinic Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Phone: 540 643-0933
    Fax: 540 643-0990

    Debra Tatman, RN
    School Nurse at Riverlawn Elementary School
    Clinic Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Phone: 540 643-0306
    Fax: 540 643-0133

    Patricia Irby, RN
    School Nurse at Critzer Elementary School
    Clinic Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Phone: 540 643-0567
    Fax: 540 643-0501

    Joyce Pendergrast, RN
    School Nurse at Pulaski Middle School
    Clinic Hours: 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
    Phone: 540 643-0832
    Fax: 540 643-0805

    Kim Johnston, RN BSN
    School Nurse at Dublin Middle School
    Clinic Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Phone: 540 643-0645
    Fax: 540 643-0621

    Ann Paulson, RN BSN
    School Nurse at Pulaski County High School
    Clinic Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Phone: 540 643-0364
    Fax: 540 643-0121

    Amber Lockhart, RN
    School Nurse at Pulaski County High School
    Clinic Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Phone: 540 643-0255
    Fax: 540 643-0121

  • Goal

    The overall goal of the School Health Program is to support academic acievement by promoting and maintaining optimal student health. Research studies document that healthy students are more ready to learn and participate actively in class.

    We believe that:
    Each child in our schools has the right of access to nursing care, whenever needed.
    The family is of utmost importance in assisting the nurse in planning, implementing and evaluating the child's healthcare plan. School nurses will seek the family's input and cooperation in devising the plan most suited to meet the child's health needs.

    School nurses are health teachers by virtue of their experience/education. Health teaching by school nurses can be accomplished in various settings such as individual encounters with students in the health clinic, contact with their families, and in classrooms.

  • Health Screening

    At the beginning of each new school year our school nurses conduct health screenings, which include vision, height, weight, and a visual check of the teeth and mouth. The State Code of Virginia mandates some of these screenings and the others are recommended by the Virginia School Health Guidelines.

    • Screening is mandated for grades Kindergarten, Third, Seventh and Tenth

    • At the beginning of each school year your child will bring home a consent form for the above screening. Forms should only be returned to school    if you choose to not let your child participate in the school screening.

    • Pulaski County Public Schools are required by law to send educational information home at the beginning of each school year regarding scoliosis.

        Scoliosis Information

    • Our local Lion’s Club assists our school nurses with vision screening

    If the school nurse identifies a problem/concern with any of the above screening you will be notified so your can follow-up with a health care provider.

  • Medication Administration

    Medication should be given at home whenever possible.

    Please review the Medication Policy and Guidelines for Pulaski County Public Schools. Any medication, including prescription and all over-the-counter require a physician order/signature and a parent/guardian signature if they are to be given at school. Parent/guardian must provide the school nurse with a completed Medication Authorization Form for any medication to be given at school.

    • A new Medication Authorization From must be provided each school year and anytime there is a change in the medication, dose, or time.

        Authorization for Medications to be taken at School Form

    • The first dose of any new medication must be given at home.

    • Your health care provider may fax medication orders directly to the school nurse.

    • Parent or adult must bring all medication to school.

    • For prescription medication to be given at school, please ask the pharmacist to divide the dose and provide a separate labeled container for    dosage and prescription information. ** If medication is sent to school in other types of containers (old bottles, baggies, paper bags) it will not    be accepted.

    • Please note that cough drops cannot be given at school without a doctor’s order and parent signature.

    • Chap Stick and sunscreen may be sent to school for your child’s use only. These cannot be shared with other students.

  • Self-Administration of Medication

    Self - administration of any medication at school with the exception of asthma medication, insulin, or epi pens, is not allowed by any student.

    • Any self-administration of mediation for Asthma, Diabetes, and severe allergic reactions require a completed care plan signed by the health care    provider and parent/guardian.

    • These care plans are good for only one school year.

    • You may talk with the school nurse about these plans at any time if you have a question or concern

    • Parent or adult must bring all medication to school.

  • School Health Admission Requirements

    The State Code of Virginia requires that all children entering Virginia schools must:

         • No student shall be admitted for the first time to any public kindergarten or elementary school in Pulaski County Public Schools unless such         student provides, prior to admission,

         • a report from a qualified licensed physician, or a licensed nurse practitioner or licensed physician assistant acting under the supervision of a         licensed physician, of a comprehensive physical examination of a scope prescribed by the State Health commissioner performed within the 12         months prior to the date such student first enters such public kindergarten or elementary school; or

         • records establishing that such student furnished such report upon prior admission to another school or school division and providing the         information contained in such report.

    • Part 1 of form MCH 213 G must be completed by the parent/guardian. The form must be signed by legal parent/guardian and by person    completing the form

    • Part III must be completed by a qualified licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant, and must be completed within 12 months    prior to the date such child first enters public kindergarten or elementary school.

    • Students will not be allowed to start school until we have the physical examination form completed and signed.

    • Students in middle and high school who participate in a sport must have a sport physical and it must be documented on the Virginia High School    League form. (VHSL forms are available at the schools)

    • Parent/guardian must provide written documentation of all state mandated immunizations.

    • Any student who does not have required state mandated immunizations will not be allowed in school until immunizations are complete or the    student has at least one dose of the required immunization and have a scheduled appointment to complete the required immunizations, or have    been granted either a religious or medical exemption.

    • Section II of the MCH 213 G form explains medical exemption or conditional enrollment and they must be dated and signed by medical provider.

    • The Code of Virginia allows a child an exemption from receiving immunizations required for school attendance if the student or the student’s    parent/guardian submits an affidavit to the school’s admitting official stating that the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the    student’s religious tenets or practices. Forms may be attained at any local health department, school or the local social services.

    • The form MCH 213 G is available at your child’s school or it can be downloaded from http://.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/index

    • For current immunization requirements, please go to the web site at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/immunization

    • Physical examinations may be scheduled with your health care provider. Pulaski County Health Department (540 440-2188) or Radford City    Public Health Department (540 267-8255) offer school physicals on a limited basis by appointment only. Community Clinic of the New River    Valley (540 381-0820) also offers school physicals by appointment only. CVS Minute Clinic in Radford offers physicals and immunizations.
       Med-Express in Christiansburg offers sport physicals.

    • Immunizations can be received at your health care provider or the health department. For local health department you must call and schedule an    appointment. ( Pulaski 540 440-2188 and Radford City 540-267-8255)

  • Health Information Forms

    The Code of Virginia requires that parent/guardian complete a health information form. These forms must be completed at the beginning of each school year about your child’s present health concerns. These forms should be completed, signed and returned during the first week of school.

  • Other Forms

    • Authorization for Medication to be Taken During School Hours

    • Health Screening Consent Form

    • Care Plans which include:

         1. Asthma
         2. Seizure
         3. Diabetes
         4. Food Allergy Action Plan
         5. Bee/Insect/Latex Allergic Reaction/Anaphylaxis
         6. Concussion

    • Lion’s Club Vision Screening Consent

    • Health and Safety Guidelines

    • Procedures for Managing Head Lice
  • Parent Information
    Health & Safety Guidelines
    Group A Strep
    Influenza
    Pink Eye
    Ringworm
    Colds
    Fifth Disease
    Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
    Impetigo
    Mononucleosis
    Scabies
    Ticks
    Chicken Pox
    Head Lice
    Procedure for Managing Head Lice in Schools
    Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
  • Health Links
    American Diabetes Association
    American School Health Association
    Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America
    Centers for Disease Control
    National Association of School Nurses
    The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
    Head Lice Information
    Head Lice Organization
    Kids Health
    Virginia Department of Health
    Epi Pen Demonstration