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Hello Montclair students and families.  I am excited be the school nurse again this year. This is my 11th  year as a school nurse and my 10th year at Montclair Elementary School

   I am originally from Paragould, Arkansas. I graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management.  I continued my education and graduated from Jacksonville University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. For over 20 years, I have worked full time in the hospital setting an outpatient center and now school nursing.  In 2015, I completed the requirements to become a National Board Certified School Nurse. 

    My number one passion in life is my family.  My husband and I have been married for 27 years and have three beautiful children.  My oldest son is a Senior at the University of North Florida. I have another son and daughter who are twins and Seniors at Forest Park High School.  We are a proud Navy family with over 30 years of service.  
    
   Thank you for allowing me to take care of your children while they are at Montclair Elementary School. I am at Montclair every day from 8:20 am until 3:50 pm.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me at suttoncr@pwcs.edu or 703-730-1072.

Covid-19 Announcement 

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               703.792.7800


All Prince William County Public Schools are closed to students for the remainder of the school year, due to the growing health concern caused by COVID-19 (coronavirus). I will check emails daily. Please remember to practice social distancing, cover your cough and sneeze, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are sick!
There is a new FOOD HELP LINE 703-794-4668.  Families can call this number and agents will direct them to their nearest food pantry based on their location. They will be entered into a system to get a delivery if they do not have transportation or are immune compromised. If the person calling is over 65 they will automatically be put in their Sr. Home Delivery program.


*If you have questions related COVID-19, please refer to:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The Virginia Department of Health:

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/

Prince William County Schools:

https://www.pwcs.edu/news/what_s_new/coronavirus-related_changes_in_operations



Kids, check out this fun activity book on Covid-19:

https://www.chrichmond.org/media/file/coloring-pages_COVID-19_social_v7.pdf







What is a School Nurse? 

"School Nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety, including a healthy environment; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning." (NASN, 2010c). 




Attention Kindergarten Parents

Parents please have an extra complete outfit (including socks and underwear) in your child's backpack. Unfortunately accidents do happen and a change of clothes may be needed during the course of a school day. I have a limited supply of clothes in the clinic.  An extra outfit will ensure that your child does not miss class time and working parents don't have to leave work. Don't forget to make sure the extra outfits are appropriate for the current season.

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Please remember the reasons to NOT send your child to school or reasons that a child will be sent home. . . . 

1. Fever of 100.4° F and over – exclude until student has been fever-free without the use of fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.

2. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, ringworm, and impetigo are all infections and must be treated with medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school. Please do not allow affected students back before this time so that other students are not infected unnecessarily.

3. Rash of unknown origin with fever and/or behavioral changes, until a primary care provider has determined that the illness is not a communicable disease.

4.  Head injury.

5. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.

6. Colds – a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.

7. Diarrhea – sudden increase in frequency to more than three loose/watery stools per day. Exclude until student has been symptom free for at least 24 hours.

8. Vomiting – unless the vomiting is determined to be caused by a diagnosed non-communicable/non-infectious condition (such as dysmenorrhea, dysphagia, etc.).

9. Abdominal pain that continues for more that two hours or intermittent abdominal pain associated with fever or other signs or symptoms.

10. Stiff neck associated with fever and/or a recent injury.

11. Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in school.

12. Refer to the Virginia Department of Health’s “Communicable Disease Reference Chart for School Personnel” for other exclusions/information.

13. Refer to PWCS Regulation 757-1

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Reporting Student Absences


All student absences must be reported DAILY. Parents/ guardians are encouraged to call the front office at 703-730-1072 by 9:00 A.M. each school day. Please provide the following information: 

  1. Students Name
  2. Teachers name
  3. Reason for Absence
  4. For illness let us know if they have any of the following symptoms
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Nausea
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Abdominal pain
    • Muscle aches
    • Stuffy Nose
    • Chills
    • Sore throat
    • Cough
    • Fever, please tell us how high the fever has been
    • Head lice
  5. All doctor confirmed communicable diseases. The school nurse needs written confirmation by your physician. 

You can leave a message the evening before or before school starts. For any questions feel free to call me at 703-730-1072 or by email:  suttoncr@pwcs.edu.


Vision and Hearing!

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PWCS Regulation 756-1, “Physical Screenings and Testing” pertains to the requirements for annual physical screening for vision and hearing deficits. 

When this regulation was printed, “Kindergarten” was accidentally left out of the first sentence. But, students in grades Kindergarten, third, seventh and tenth are required to be screened for vision and hearing deficits.  A revision of this statement in this regulation is forth coming.

This regulation is based on requirements found in Virginia code 8VAC20-250-10 “Testing of Sight and hearing; Monitoring” and Virginia code 22.1-273 (section F) “Vision and Hearing of Student to be Tested; exceptions.”

https://law.lis.virginia.gov/admincode/title8/agency20/chapter250/section10/

https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title22.1/chapter14/section22.1-273/


Does your child need medication during the school day?

If it is absolutely necessary for your student to take medication at school, the Authorization for Medication Administration form (Attachment I, Regulation 757-4) must be completed prior to the medication being given at school. The appropriate health Treatment Plan (HTP) for asthma, allergy, seizure, and diabetes medications must be completed. Medications will not be accepted without receipt of the appropriate form.   Please see the document section for these forms.  

Medications must be brought to the health office ans signed by a parent/guardian. Students with diabetes, asthma, or life-threatening allergies may carry life-saving medications (insulin, Glucagon, inhaler, Epinephrine Auto-Injectors) throughout the school day in accordance with their approved HTP or medical authorization. Otherwise, students are not permitted to transport medications to and from school or carry any medication while in school. 

Please refer to Regulation 757-4 for further information.  See the Document section.