Health Clinic Information

  • OSBOURN HIGH SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC STAFF, HOURS, LOCATION AND SERVICES:

    Osbourn High School offers basic health and wellness care in the school clinic.  The school nurses are Sherry Steindler, RN  ssteindler@mcpsva.org and Mary Burns, RN MBurns@mcpsva.org who may be reached by email or by calling 571-377-7012. The FAX number for the clinic is 703-257-8515.  The Health Clinic is open during the school year from 7:30-3:30 daily and is located down the hall from main office.  In the even the clinic is closed, students are to report to the main office.

    The health clinic offers vision and hearing screening, blood pressure checks, health counseling and education, performs emergency and sick care, administers medication, and assures that all health regulations including immunizations are followed.  First Aid is always available, but students should have injuries that occur at home assessed by their primary care physician.

    WHEN TO KEEP YOUR STUDENT HOME:

    It is very important that your student maintains good attendance.  There are some situations where the school may have to send your student home.  Below are reasons why you may need to keep y our child home:

    • Fever of 100.0 degrees F or higher.  Students must be fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
    • Contagious infections such as pink eye or strep throat.  These illnesses must be treated for a minimum of 24 hours with prescription medication before returning to school.
    • Unexplained rash
    • Head injury
    • Colds with constant cough, thick nasal discharge or difficulty breathing
    • Diarrhea or vomiting.  Must be symptom free for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school
    • In cases of illness outbreak in the school, student that are inadequately vaccinated.

    IMMUNIZATIONS:

    Many illnesses that your student may come in contact with are vaccine preventable.  Virginia state law requires that any student attending a public school must provide the school with an updated immunization certificate/record.  Any time that your child's immunizations are updated, please send a copy in for the school nurse.  The required immunizations for public school entrance may be found at:  http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/immunization/requirements/.

    Meningitis is a very serious and possibly fatal disease.  It is vaccine preventable. Please visit http://www.voicesofmeningitis.org/ for more information.

    Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) can cause cervical cancer and HPV related diseases in both males and females.  The HPV vaccination is now recommended for both males and females.  For more information, please visit the Center for Disease Control's website: www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm.

    CLINIC ANNOUNCEMENTS:  

    Seasonal Allergy Information:

    Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or seasonal allergic rhinitis, are allergy symptoms that occur during certain times of the year, usually when outdoor molds release their spores or trees, grasses and weeds release tiny pollen particles into the air to fertilize other plants. The immune systems of people who are allergic to mold spores or pollen treat these particles (called allergens) as invaders and release chemicals, including histamine, into the bloodstream to defend against them. The release of these chemicals cause allergy symptoms. 

    Tree pollination begins in February and lasts through May.   Grass pollination from May to June, and weeds from August through October. Children with these allergies are more likely to have increased symptoms during those times of the year.  Seasonal allergies can start at almost any time, but they usually develop by 10 years of age and reach their peak in the early twenties, with symptoms often disappearing later in adulthood. 

    Symptom Check: Is it a cold or allergy?

     

    Symptom                                        Cold                                                 Allergy

    Cough                                             Usually                                           Sometimes

    General aches and pains                   Sometimes                                     Never

    Fatigue                                           Sometimes                                      Sometimes

    Itchy eyes                                       Rarely                                             Usually

    Sneezing                                         Usually                                           Usually

    Sore throat                                      Usually                                           Sometimes

    Runny nose                                      Usually                                           Usually

    Stuffy nose                                       Usually                                           Usually

    Fever                                               Rarely                                             Never

     *Adapted from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 2008

    Treatment: 

    There is no real cure for seasonal allergies, but it is possible to relieve symptoms. Start by reducing or eliminating exposure to allergens. During allergy season, keep windows closed, use air conditioning if possible and change your air filter often. 

    If reducing exposure to allergens is not possible or is ineffective, medicines can help ease allergy symptoms. There are many non-drowsy antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops available as a prescription and over the counter. Many of these medicines can be taken at home once a day.

    ** It helps to reduce the severity of symptoms by starting medication about a month before pollination occurs and to take medication regularly.**

    Eating Disorders:

    Eating disorders are serious health problems that usually start in childhood or adolescence and affect both girls and boys. With early diagnosis, eating disorders are treatable with a combination of nutritional, medical, and therapeutic supports. Recognizing the importance of early identification of at-risk students, the 2013 Virginia General Assembly passed a law requiring each school board to provide parent educational information regarding eating disorders on an annual basis to students in the fifth through twelfth grades.

    It is important to note that eating disorders are not diagnosed based on weight changes as much as behaviors, attitudes, and mindset. Symptoms may vary between males and females and in different age groups. Often, a young person with an eating disorder may not be aware that he/she has a problem or keeps the issues secret. Parents/guardians and family members are in a unique position to notice symptoms or behaviors that cause concern. Noting behaviors common to people with eating disorders may lead to early referral to the primary care provider. It is important for eating disorders to be treated by someone who specializes in this type of care.

    After reviewing the information on the reverse side of this letter, if you think your child may be showing signs of a possible eating disorder, please contact your primary health care provider, school nurse, or one of the resources listed below.

    · Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/information/help-overcome-eating-disorders/non-profits-organizations/aed 

    · Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.) www.feast-ed.org 

    · National Eating Disorders Association www.nationaleatingdisorders.orgToll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237.  

      Additional resources may be found at:· Virginia Department of Education http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/index.shtml, under the section titled, Eating Disorders

     

    Scoliosis Information:

    Scoliosis screening is no longer required of students in high school.  If a parent has a specific concern, please contact the school nurse or your family physician.  Please follow the link in English or Spanish for more information.  Scoliosis-English; Scoliosis-Spanish.

    Mandated Health Screening:

    All children new to the division within 60 administrative workings days will be screened for hearing and vision.  Students in the lower grade levels will be screened for speech and fine motor skills.  The parent/guardian will be contacted by the school nurse for any issues.  All students in grades Kindergarten, 3,7 and 10 will be screened for vision and hearing within 60 administrative working days and the school nurse will notify the parents/guardian of any defects.

    REMINDER:

    • Immedicately notify the PE teacher if your student has PE restrictions.
    • Provide current home, work and emergency contact numbers and information through Parent Portal or send in the corrected information to the front office. 

    Please be alert to medication expiration dates.  If possible, all medications (including Epi Pens and Glucagon) should not expire during the school year.  If a medication is due to expire, you will be notified by phone that is needs to be renewed within two weeks prior to the expiration date.

    The health clinic is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health clinic must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time, 12:20 PM, on the last day of school on May 29, 2020.  Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.