Nurses Corner

Hello Bel Air families!
My name is Kristen Jones and I am the school nurse here at Bel Air Elementary!
This is my fifth year with at Bel Air and I love seeing all of the familiar faces and meeting all of our new families! I am a graduate of Prince William County Public Schools (Go WSHS Vikings!) and my daughter is in 7th grade in PWCS. I have my Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from South University and have worked in pediatrics since graduating! I love watching children learn and grow and I am a big believer that good habits start young!

HOW TO REACH ME: I am always available by email at joneskn@pwcs.edu or you call the front office at 703-670-4050 and ask for the nurse.




Is my child too sick for school?

Illness or Injury Exclusion Criteria R757-1

Reasons for which a child may be sent home from school or for a parent to keep
the child home from school.

1. Fever of 100 degrees F and over. Student needs to be fever-free for at least 24 hours without medication.
2. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, ringworm, and impetigo are all infections and must be treated with medications for 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 (especially if accompanied by a fever).
4. Head injury.
5. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.
6. Colds- a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.
7. Diarrhea or vomiting. Student should be symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
8. Stiff neck associated with a fever and/or recent injury.
9. Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in school.
10. Refer to the VDOH "Communicable Disease Reference Chart for School Personnel" for other exclusions/information





Medication Policy for PWCS


School personnel cannot administer ANY medication until a form, signed by the parent, is on file in the clinic of the school. All prescription medication must also have a physician's signature on the back of the form before a prescription medication can be administered. Parents must personally deliver prescription medications and signed forms to the school nurse.

ALL medication, prescription and over-the-counter (i.e., Tylenol, Advil, Benadryl, etc.) need a signed medical form prior to being brought to the school. The medication also MUST be in the original unopened container and kept in the clinic. It should be in a small bottle, as storage space is very limited.



 

COVID-19 Policy for PWCS

COVID-19 Protocols for returning to school

 

 

Health Promotion:

As we are entering the cold and flu season, this is a reminder of the best health practices to decrease the spread and transmission of viruses in PWCS schools.   

 

Please remember to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw used tissues in the trash.  If you don't have a tissue, cough, or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.  Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, dry hands with a paper towel, and use the paper towel to turn off the faucet.  If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizers may also be used to preform hand hygiene.  Remember to stay home when you’re sick until at least 24 hours without a fever or the use of fever reducing medicine.  Together we can help stop the spread of germs that may make you and others ill.