• Nurse's Notes


    Important Information for ALL Parents -- Please Read

    Nurses Notes from Pamela Locher RN, BSN

    As the school nurse at PMS, I am proud to be a part of the team that supports student success and well-being.  Our goal is to keep students in class and learning if they are well.  However, if students are ill, please keep them at home.  I allow students to call home, but that does not mean you have to pick them up.  Sometimes just hearing your voice helps to get them through the school day. I will call if they must go home due to their medical condition or injury.  If you are picking your child up, please sign them out in the front office.  

    If you have concerns or changes in health conditions or change of contact information,

    please email me at pamela.locher@poquoson.k12.va.us 

    Phone: 757-868-3138

     Fax 757-868-4220.  

    Medication

    If your child will need a prescription or an over-the-counter medication during the school day, please obtain a Student Medication Form and have it filled out and signed by your physician. To locate Student Medication Form see Medical Forms Tab to the left side. All medications need to be brought to the clinic by a Parent/Guardian.  Medications should be in their original containers with the appropriate label. This includes over-the-counter medications, inhalers, etc. The school nurse will not accept any pills in a baggie, Kleenex, etc. All medications must be picked up by a Parent/Guardian by the end of the school year. Medicine not picked up the last day of school will be disposed of.

     

    Asthma Issues

    Please be sure to provide inhalers and asthma plans from your physician for any child who has asthma and may need to use their inhaler during school hours. At PMS, students are allowed to carry their own inhalers with them provided the appropriate Student Medication Form is on file and the parents, physician and school are all in agreement that the student should carry their own inhaler. To locate Asthma Action Plan see medical Froms to the left. 

    Allergic Reaction Issues

    For any children with FOOD ALLERGIES or BEE STING ALLERGIES or other life threatening allergies, please provide the school with an EPI PEN and Food Allergy or Bee Sting Allergy Plan from your physician. To locate the forms see Medical Forms Tab to the left.

    Absences

    Please report all absences to the PMS office at 868-6031. A note should accompany your child upon their return to school. It is important to us that your child returns to school as quickly as possible. However, we want them to be healthy so that they are at their most capable for learning. Children with an infectious or contagious disease should stay home until the danger of transmitting the disease has passed.

    Screenings

    Seventh grade students and all new entry students to Poquoson Middle School will be screened for vision and hearing. 

    What if my student is sick?

    If you student has had any of these symptoms, please keep them at home. If they come to the clinic with any of these symptoms, I will call for you to pick them up.

    Recommendations for keeping sick children home

    • Sore throat/Upper Respiratory Infection - red throat, swollen glands, dry or productive cough, green or yellow nasal discharge, earache.
    • Fever over 100 degrees in previous 24 hours. Check 6 hours after last dose of Tylenol or Motrin. Temperature normally drops in the morning. If temperature is elevated at night, do not send to school the next morning.
    • Vomiting more than once in the last 24 hours.
    • Diarrhea more than once in the last 24 hours.
    • Any rash accompanied by any of the above symptoms.
    • Wheezing that continues to increase 1 hour after medication is taken.
    • Student is too weak or tired to take part in routine daily school activities.
    • Discharge from eyes. Pinkeye is very contagious. Student must be on medication 24 hours before returning to school.
    • Earache lasting more than 12 hours.
    • Dental pain lasting more than 12 hours.

    So what can you do to keep them well and at school?

    Tips for Staying Well

    • Encourage frequent and thorough hand washing.
    • Encourage good nutrition with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
    • Students in middle school are growing rapidly and need to consume a healthy breakfast and lunch every day.
    • Send your student to school with a packed lunch or enough money to purchase lunch from the cafeteria.
    • Encourage high fluid intake, especially water.
    • Keep tissues and antibacterial hand sanitizer in your child’s backpack.
    • Everyone should avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth if at all possible.
    • Avoid sharing drinks and water bottles.
    • Encourage rest and at least 8 hours of sleep per night.