Health & Related Services
School Health Services Overview
The primary purpose of School Health Services is to protect and promote health, facilitate optimal development, and advance academic success for all students. MCPS school nurses bridge health care and educational needs, provide care coordination, and collaborate to design systems that enhance each student’s development. School nurses strive to enhance the educational environment by collaborating with students, families, providers, and school staff. Health Services provided by school nurses during the school day may include:
- Provide acute and/or emergency health care for students
- Monitor for and help to control communicable diseases
- Collaborate to provide Health Screenings/related parent information in compliance with state requirements
- Annual health screenings are scheduled within the first 60 administrative working days of the school year. In the event a defect is found, the parent/guardian will be notified.
- Children new to the division as well as those in grades K, 3, 7, and 10 will be screened for hearing and vision. Vision and hearing screenings may be requested at other grade levels.
- New students, K-3, will be screened for speech as well as fine and gross motor skills.
- Scoliosis information is linked and distributed to parents of students in grades 5-10
- Information on eating disorders.
- Review student physical examination and immunization records for compliance with Virginia Department of Health requirements for student enrollment
- Plan and collaborate to provide in-school care for students with chronic or ongoing health care needs
- Promote health and safety
- Supervise the administration of medications
- Train school staff to provide health care services/procedures as appropriate
- Provide health care counseling and education
- Facilitate student access to health care resources/providers and communication between school, families, and providers
- Monitor health status and trends
Parents are encouraged to keep the school informed of current contact information including phone numbers for work, cell, home, pagers, or any other means whereby they can be contacted during the school day should the need arise. Emergencies can occur at any time. It is urgent that your child's school be able to reach parents and caregivers.
Collaboration and communication with parents, guardians, and physicians is essential for caring for our students successfully. Please update your information in the Parent Portal at the beginning of each school year or when necessary.
Gina Bellamy, MSA, BSN, RN, NCSN
Supervisor, Student Health Services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Epilepsy Foundation
- FARE - Food Allergy Research & Education
- Greater Prince William Health Center (GPW)
- National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
- Northern Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition
- Virginia Association of School Nurses (VASN)
- Virginia Department of Health (VDH)