Belmont Nurses
Nurse’s Corner

 STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY – the highest priority now is to stay healthy. Parents and guardians should follow CDC Guidelines for physical distancing of children. If children meet outside of school in bigger groups, it can put everyone at risk. Please visit the Prince William County COVID-19 website to see additional local guidance.  

 

PWCS cares deeply about students’ emotional well-being during their time away from school. If a student is in need of emotional support during this time, please feel free to send an e-mail to studentsupportservices@pwcs.edu. A school mental health or health professional will answer and offer virtual support to students to the best of their ability. This e-mail is not to be used for emergency situations as it will not be monitored 24 hours a day. If a student is ever in an emergency situation he/she is encouraged to call 911 or utilize one of the resources listed below:

 

Emergency Resources:

ACTS Helpline 703.368.4141

1.800.SUICIDE (24-hour hotline) 1.800.784.2433

Crisis Text Hotline (24-hour hotline) 741741

PWC Child Protective Services Hotline 703.792.4200

PWC Community Services Board (west)703.792.7800 or (east)703.792.4900



FOOD HELP LINE 703-794-4668.  
 Families can call and agents  will help direct you to their nearest food pantry based on your location or they will be entered into a system to get a delivery if they do not have transportation or are immune compromised.


 


Our Role in Your Child's Education

The primary role of the school nurse is to support student learning. This is accomplished by implementing strategies that promote student and staff health.  
Please help us by filling out a health treatment plan or medication forms if your child has a chronic illness or requires medical attention during the school day. Our door is always open to discuss any health concerns you may have.

For any questions feel free to call or e-mail us at:

(703)494-4945

Thank you from your Nurses,

Stephanie Myers RN       Myerss@pwcs.edu 

Julia Gruta RN Grutaj@pwcs.edu  


Services provided by the School Nurse:
* Health Services--Assesses health and development, provides nursing interventions, and evaluates students' responses to core.
* Health Education--Provides health education to students, staff and parents.
* Healthy Environment--Identifies health and safety concerns in the school environment.
* Nutritional Services--Supports healthy food services programs.
* Physical Education/Activity--Promotes health and physical education which promotes healthy behaviors.
* Counseling/Mental Health--Assesses needs, provides interventions and refers students to appropriate staff or community agencies.
* Parent/Community Involvement--Promotes community involvement in assuring a healthy school.
* Staff Wellness--Provides health education and wellness programs to school staff.

Reporting Student Absences
All student absences must be reported DAILY. Parents/ guardians need to call the Office. Please leave the following information by 10:00 A.M. each school day. The Hotline works 24hrs so you can leave a message the evening before or before school starts.
1. Students Name
2. Teachers name
3. Reason for Absence
4. For illness let us know if they have any of the following symptoms
5. All doctor confirmed communicable diseases and case of head lice

PWCS Heath Regulations
Parents, please become familiar with some common Prince William County Regulations that govern a lot of our clinic practices:
- Asthma/Asthma Action Plan Regulation 757-5
- Allergy/Allergy action Plan Regulation 757-2
- Cancer Regulation 753-7
- Diabetes forms/Treatment plans Regulation 757-6
- Illness or Injury Exclusion Criteria Regulation 758-1
- Immunization Requirements Regulation 755-1
- Seizure Regulation 757-7
- Emergency Treatment form Regulation 757-3
- Medication administration form Regulation 757-4
- Regulations can be viewed and forms download by visiting PWCS Home page.

Medication in School
If your child needs to take medication at school, you must first fill out the appropriate medication permission form, per PWCS regulation 757-4 Attachment 1. 
Parents or guardians need to bring the medication to school, do not send it in with your child. Students are not allowed to carry medications in school for safety reasons.
Please be sure to remove any medications you place in your child's back pack if the backpack is used to transport medication after school and on the weekends.

Medication found in backpacks or in the students possession on school property is in violation of PWCS policies and may result in disciplinary actions. Exceptions to this rule is an Inhaler or Epipen if the doctor has signed a Treatment plan stating the student may carry the medication.

 

Links to Health Treatment Plans For PWCS:
(Print out and give to MD)

 

Allergic Reaction Epipen Action Plan 

Asthma Action Plan 

Seizure Action Plan 

Medication Administration Form for Over the Counter and Prescribed