School Health Room
Information about student health and forms applicable to students requiring medication
8:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m.
The School Health Aide and the Public Health Nurse are Fairfax County Health Department employees who work in collaboration with the school staff. Together we promote a safe and healthy educational environment by providing health support services and health promotion activities in the school setting.
Your school clinic services include:
- Care of sick and injured students according to school guidelines.
- Hearing and vision screening (grades K, 3, 7, 10, new to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), and those students referred by teachers and parents).
- Administration of care for students with identified problems or conditions during the school day.
- Coordination of care for students with identified problems or conditions during the school day.
- Promotion of healthy lifestyles and health promotion lessons in the school setting
How can you help your school clinic provide the best possible care?
- Advise the school health aide and the public health nurse of any special health concerns.
- Immediately notify the physical education (PE) teacher if your child has any PE restrictions.
- Provide current home, work, and alternate telephone numbers for the Emergency Care Information form. Generally, a student may remain in the clinic for 15 minutes. After that, if he or she is still feeling ill, parents will be called to take the student home.
- Keep sick children home. It is difficult for students to concentrate or do school work when not feeling well.
- Children who have fevers (temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher), vomiting, or diarrhea are not able to stay in school. It is best for children to be at home for 24 hours after these conditions resolve.
- When medication must be administered during the school day, please follow the guidelines established in the current version of FCPS Regulation 2102:
- Complete the FCPS Medication Authorization forms:
- Provide the school with properly labeled containers (your pharmacist will usually provide an extra container if you request it).
- Medications must be transported to and from school by a parent or guardian; except, with parent or guardian approval, a high school student may carry over-the-counter (OTC) medications to and from the school clinic.
- Medications must be kept in the school clinic or other school-approved location.
- OTC medications may be given up to ten consecutive school days with the parent’s or guardian’s signature on the FCPS Medication Authorization form before a physician’s authorization is required.
- OTC medications that are pain relievers may be given as needed throughout the school year with only the parent’s or guardian’s signature on part I of the FCPS Medication Authorization form.