Staff contact, student medication, illness procedures, and more
Student Health at Wakefield Forest
Students should stay home if they have any signs of illness.
For the safety of your child and others, the following procedures are in place:
- Students with any of the below symptoms will be escorted to the Care Room:
- Fever greater than or equal to 100.4F
- Feeling feverish or chills
- New headache
- New cough
- Shortness of breath/breathing difficulties not due to a diagnosed respiratory condition
- New sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose not related to allergies or health condition
- New loss of taste, smell, or appetite
- Abdominal pain not due to hunger, constipation, injury, or stress
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Students will be assessed by health room aide in the Care Room.
- Families will be called, and students will need to be picked up immediately.
- A specific doctor’s note will be required for the student to return to school.
The school is not permitted to administer medications unless a parent has completed a Medical Permission Form that requires a doctor’s signature.
Students are not permitted to transport medication. Families must bring any medicine to school and check it in with the health room aide. The school Public Health Nurse, Carmen Gant, is available to talk with you about your child’s specific medical needs. Please contact the school at 703-503-2300 or email her at [email protected].
Health Information Form
The Health Information Form is to be completed by the parent or guardian at the start of each school year. The completed form is to be returned to the school clinic.
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are drugs that can be purchased without a doctor's prescription and are used for the relief of symptoms on a temporary basis. With parent and physician authorization, OTC medications may be given on an "as needed" basis throughout the school year. Parents may authorize limited use for 10 consecutive days with a completed Medication Authorization Form. Examples include antihistamines for allergic reactions. With parent permission using the Medication Authorization Form, certain OTC medications may be given on an "as needed" basis throughout the school year only as a pain reliever for headaches, muscle aches, menstrual cramps, or orthodontic pain. The medication must be supplied by the parent in its original container. Examples include Tylenol, Advil, Pamprin, and aspirin.
Scheduling Medical Appointments
Please make every effort to schedule appointments outside of school hours. When this is not possible, please send a note to the school on the morning of the appointment stating the time the child will be picked up. Children should bring appointment notes to the attendance secretary before homeroom. The student's name will then be shown on an early dismissal list so teachers will know the student is not cutting class. For safety reasons, parents must sign out children in the office.
Release of Student from School
Only those individuals designated on the Emergency Care Information form will be contacted either to excuse or take your student home. If the clinic contacts you to excuse your student from school, the clinic must have voice contact with the responsible adult to dismiss the student from school grounds. In an emergency, 911 will be called prior to contacting the parent.