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:  

    Flu Versus Cold--How to Spot the Difference

     

    Viruses cause colds and the flu.  Both are respiratory infections. The simplest way to tell the difference is by looking at your symptoms.

    If you have a cold, you’ll probably have symptoms like these:

    • runny or stuffy nose
    • sore throat
    • sneezing
    • cough
    • headache or body aches
    • mild tiredness


    Flu symptoms can include:

    • dry, hacking cough
    • moderate to high fever, although not everyone with the flu will run a fever
    • sore throat
    • shaking chills
    • severe muscle or body aches
    • headache
    • stuffy and runny nose
    • severe fatigue that may last up to two weeks
    • nausea and vomiting (most common in children)
    • colds come on gradually over a few days and are often milder than the flu. They usually get better in 7 to 10 days,

     

    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 June 13th.  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.