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Welcome Wildcats to the 2019-2020 school year!  My name is Stephanie Miller and I am the school nurse here at Buckland Mills.  I have been a nurse for 14 years with the majority of my career spent working in Labor and Delivery at INOVA Fairfax Hospital.  I am married and have two children attending school here.  I look forward to working with you and your children to make this an exciting and healthy school year.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Covid-19

During this Covid-19 outbreak  in our county, state, country and the world, it is easy to be misinformed.  If you are interested in Covid-19 information please use a reputable site to answer your concerns and/or update yourself.  Here are some links that you might find helpful:

Virginia Department of Health  
http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
National Institute of Health (NIH)  https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus
World Health Organization (WHO)  https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019


Sick Call: When Students Should be Absent

 Illness or Injury Exclusion Criteria- Reasons for which a child may be sent home from school or for a parent to keep the child home from school.

  1. Fever of 100ºF and over – exclude until student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours.

  2. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, ringworm, and impetigo are all infections and must be treated with medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school. Please do not allow affected students back before this time so that other students are not infected unnecessarily. 

  3. Rash of unknown origin (especially if accompanied by a fever). 

  4. Head injury. 

  5. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing. 

  6. Colds – a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home. 

  7. Diarrhea or vomiting – exclude until student has been symptom-free for at least 24 hours. 

  8. Stiff neck associated with a fever and/or a recent injury. 

  9. Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in school. 

  10. Refer to the VDOH “Communicable Disease Reference Chart for School Personnel” for other exclusions/information.

Stop the Spread of Germs

According to the Center for Disease Control you can help stop the spread of disease by doing the following: 

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub .
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • See Everyday Preventive Actions   [257 KB, 2 pages] (PDF) and Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) for more information about actions, apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine, that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like influenza (flu).