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Jill Jeter, BBA, RN
Coordinator of Occupational and
Student Health Services
3601 Ferncliff Ave., NW           
Roanoke, VA 24019   
Phone:  (540) 853-1430
Fax:       (540) 853-1238


Ellen Carroll, RN, CSN
Carilion School Nurse Manager
Phone:  (540) 853-6323
Fax:       (540) 853-1238


Click here for information about upcoming vaccination and immunization clinics.             
     

 School Nurse Services

• Provide acute and emergency health care

• Assist in performing state mandated Health Screenings

• Plan and/or implement in-school care for students with chronic or on-going illnesses

• Administer or supervise medication administration

• Provide healthcare counseling and education

• Review student health records for compliance with state mandates

• Facilitate student access to health care providers

• Facilitate communication between school, parents, and health care providers and/or community resources

• Monitor health status and trends

• Control communicable disease

• Promote health and safety

Virginia Department of Health Requirements for School Enrollment

State laws require that children receive a comprehensive physical examination and be adequately immunized appropriate to the child's age before entering public kindergarten or elementary school. The physical examination must be completed no longer than one year before the child's entry into kindergarten or elementary school. Accommodations for meeting the immunization requirements may be made for students who are military dependents, homeless, or in foster care. The School Entrance Health Form and Certificate of Religious Exemption are available from your child's school or may be accessed at the Virginia Department of Health Web site.

ALERT:  State changes for Tdap immunization requirements for entry into seventh grade.

In April 2018, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) changed the minimum recommended age for the tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) adolescent booster vaccine from 10 to 11 years. As a result, a routine adolescent booster dose of Tdap should not be administered to students younger than 11 years of age.

To align with current ACIP recommendations, the 2019 General Assembly passed HB 2215 that changes the grade in which students receive Tdap vaccine from sixth to seventh grade. Students who received a Tdap immunization at age ten will not need another Tdap vaccine to enter seventh grade. This legislation becomes effective July 1, 2019

Vaccination/Immunization Clinics

Virginia law requires that all students entering 7th grade have the Tdap, Meningococcal, and HPV vaccines prior to the start of school next August. Additionally, a new Virginia law now requires all students entering 12th grade to have at least one meningococcal immunization prior to the start of school.

The Virginia Department of Health is hosting immunization clinics free of charge at the following dates and locations:

  • Patrick Henry High School: Tuesday, August 3 from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • William Fleming High School: Thursday, August 5 from 1 to 4 p.m.
  •  Lucy Addison Middle School: Tuesday, August 10 from 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Back-to-School Extravaganza at William Fleming High School: Saturday, August 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
In addition, the VDH is hosting walk-in clinics at other locations. Please click here for more information. Appointments can also be made at the Roanoke City Health Department by calling (540) 283-5050.

Please complete the permission form below. Forms must be signed by a parent or guardian in order to get the immunization. Permission forms can also be obtained from the front office or nurse's office at either high school.

Immunization Consent Form.docx
Immunization Consent Form (Spanish).docx

In addition, the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered at the August 10th clinic at Lucy Addison as well as at the Back-to-School Extravaganza. Please complete the permission form below. Forms must be signed by a parent or guardian.

COVID-19 Vaccination Consent Form.docx

To register for the Lucy Addison Middle School COVID-19 clinic, click here.

Reasons a Child Needs to Stay Home from School

• Your child has a contagious illness such as strep throat, chickenpox, or the flu.

• You have been advised by your child's health care provider to keep your child home to recover from an illness/injury.

• Your child has a fever of 100ºF or higher in the last 24 hours - Children should be fever-free for 24 hours,  without taking fever-reducing medication, before returning to school.

• Your child is vomiting or has diarrhea.

• Your child has live head lice and has not completed treatment for head lice.

• Your child has red/pink eyes or has drainage from the eyes.

Medication Policy

RCPS encourages medication be administered at home, if possible. The first dose of any new medication should be given at home. When medication is needed during school hours, the following procedures must be followed:

• Prescription medication must be in the pharmacy-labeled container with the student's name and dosing instructions. There must be a completed Medication Permission Form with doctor's orders and written parent permission. If the medication is not in the pharmacy/manufacturer labeled container, the Medication Permission Form is incomplete, or there is a discrepancy, medication cannot be given.

• Over-the-counter medications must be in a sealed, original-labeled container. The parent must complete a Medication Permission Form with specific dosing instructions. For safety reasons, if your child needs OTC medications given outside the manufacturer's label directions, on a routine basis, or if your child takes prescription medication regularly, a doctor's order is needed for OTC medication.

• Due to the lack of safety standards for dietary, nutritional, or herbal supplements, those OTC products will be treated the same as a prescription medication.

• Medications are usually kept in the school office/clinic and should be brought to school by an adult, not the child.

• If your child has a health condition and needs to carry medication such as an inhaler, auto-injectable epinephrine, or if you have questions, please contact the school or school nurse for additional information.

• A Medication Permission Form is on this Web site or may be obtained from your child's school.

Health Screenings

In accordance with state and local requirements, health screenings are performed at the following grade levels.

PK

K

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Initial Enrollment (NEW STUDENT)

Staff Responsible

Hearing

X

X

X

X

X (All)

Speech

Speech

X

X (PK-3)

Speech

Language

X

X (PK-3)

Speech

Voice

X

X (PK-3)

Speech

Fine and Gross Motor

X

X (K-3)

Fine Motor - Classroom Teacher

Gross Motor - PE Teacher

Vision

X

X

X

X

X (All)

Nurse

Height/ Weight

 X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X(All)

PE/ Nurse (New)

Scoliosis

X

X

X

X

X

X

X (5-10)

PE and Nurse(New)

Dental

X

X

X (PK, K, 3, 5)

Nurse

Important Links

 
FAMIS - Family Access to Medical Insurance Security
Virginia's affordable health insurance plan for children
http://famis.org/
 
Health Requirements for School Entry and Certificate of Religious Exemption 
Virginia Department of Health information on immunization requirements for school and day care.  This site also has links to the School Entrance Health Form (physical examination) and the Certificate of Religious Exemption

http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/Epidemiology/Immunization/requirements.htm

Influenza
Centers for Disease Control
Key Facts about Flu and Flu Vaccine
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm

Virginia Department of Health
Pandemic Influenza
http://www.vdh.state.va.us/pandemicflu/index.htm

MRSA Information
Personal Prevention of MRSA - Centers for Disease Control
http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/prevent/personal.html

Pediculosis (Head Lice)
Centers for Disease Control Fact Sheet
http://www.cdc.gov/lice/head/factsheet.html

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