Clinic (Health Services)
Clinic services in the school, including the administration of medication and modified first aid, are performed by the clinic staff, parent volunteers, and office staff. The clinic staff may provide care only for minor illnesses and injuries.
When to Stay Home
Students with a rash, watery and inflamed eyes, fever, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea should stay home until a doctor determines symptoms are not contagious. The Fairfax County Department of Health recommends children remain home fever-free for 24 hours prior to returning to school.
When We Will Call You
Our clinic works to control and manage exposure to contagious diseases. We will call for the following symptoms:
- Fever over 100 degrees
- Persistent abdominal pain
- Unexplained rash
- Head lice
- Inflamed eyes with discharge
- Persistent cough
Children with these symptoms should be picked up as soon as possible. Keep all emergency numbers current. We ask that you notify the clinic if your child has head lice, strep throat, chicken pox, or other contagious illnesses.
Physician’s Note Needed
Some rashes, pink eye, impetigo, ringworm, and scabies can be passed among students. We require a note from a physician for any child with these symptoms and it should state the child is not contagious before returning to school.
A booster dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) is required for all students entering sixth grade if at least five years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine.
Medication at School
Prescription and most over-the-counter medications require strict adult supervision. Forms to authorize school staff to administer medication are available at school and online at http://www.fcps.edu/forms.shtml
- Parent must bring medication to and from school. Students should not bring any medications to school.
- Child must have first dose of new medications at home.
- Parent must personally collect unused portions of medications. If unclaimed, the medication is destroyed.
- Parent is responsible for submitting a new form to the school for any changes in dosage or time of administration.