What Does The School Nurse Do?
Provides basic first aid and emergency care.
Maintains clinic records.
Performs vision, hearing, height, and weight screenings.
Communicates students’ health needs with staff.
What can be
done to maintain optimal health and academic success?
1. Make sure your child eats a good breakfast.
2. Communicate with the school nurse about your child’s
3. Remember to complete and return a health form each
4. Keep ill children at home. This prevents the spread of
illness at school.
5. Notify the school when phone numbers change so we can
locate you in an emergency.
6. Help your child understand the difference between
discomfort and true illness.
7. If you send your child to school, he or she will be
encouraged to finish the day unless the school nurse feels he or
she is too ill to stay.
Some conditions require school exclusion until
treatment is received:
Tiny bugs which infest the scalp and lay eggs (nits) on the hair shaft.
Characterized by itching of the scalp, especially in the nape of the neck and
behind the ears.
A fungal infection of the skin or scalp characterized by ring shaped patches,
with a slightly raised border and a flat center.
An eye infection characterized by a red itchy eye
When should a student be excluded from school?
If the student has a fever of 100 degrees or greater.
If the student is vomiting.
If the student is having diarrhea.
If the student has a contagious rash.
If the asthmatic student is having breathing difficulty
not relieved by his/her asthma medication.
Prescription medications require written permission from both
the parent and physician before they can be given.
All medication is to be in the original bottle and properly
labeled. Label should match physician’s prescription.
Over the counter medications require written permission from the
parent before they can be given. If the medication is to be
given for more than 10 consecutive days, written permission from
the physician is also required.
With over the counter medication, the student will be given the
recommended dosage unless the physician prescribes otherwise.
Medication should not be transported to school by the student.
Over the counter medications are to be in the original
Herbal medications require written
permission from both the parent and the physician before they
can be given. The physician must also provide a list of side
effects for the medication.
Virginia Dept of Health Immunization Requirements
Health and Medical Forms:
Release of Medical Information
Medical Permission to Examine
Administration of Medication
Certificate of Religious Exemption
Meningitis Fact Sheet
Asthma Action Plan
Seizure Action Plan
Link to Diabetes Forms
information, please see the
Hanover County Public Schools' Health Services Page
Virginia Department of Education School Health page.