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Nurse's Office


Winter Colds & Flus

Posted December 14, 2016

With winter nipping at our heels and with that the myriad of colds, flus and stomach bugs. Germs can be persistent and hearty. Some strands of viruses can live up to 1 month!

Please be assured we take our part here at school very seriously with rigorous cleaning and hand washing. Your part at home is just as important in stopping the spread of disease. Take a moment to review the Saint James Illness and Medication Policies in your handbook and online before you need them. These policies are dictated by the Virginia Department of Health in order to keep all children engaged and learning in the classroom.

Any child with a fever or signs of a contagious or infectious disease process will be sent home promptly and excluded from school while in that condition.

Once the student is confirmed to be free of communicable disease by a healthcare provider or is fever free/symptom free for 24 hours without the aid of any anti-fever medications students can return to school.

What does this mean?

  • If your student has been vomiting or has diarrhea, followed by several hours or feeling well, followed one episode of vomiting or diarrhea the 24 hour clock starts over!
  • Children who are given Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Pepto-Bismol or other over the counter medications are NOT ready to come back to school.

These policies and procedures are so important for the continued good health of all of Saint James School. When students come back to school too soon or while taking medication to mask illness, they continue to spread the illness to their friends.

ALL medications taken in school must have a parent/guardian signed authorization.

Prescription medications, herbals and over the counter medications taken for 4 or more days need a healthcare provider’s written order.

The parent/guardian must transport the medication to and from school.

Students are NOT permitted to self medicate.

What does this mean?

  • ALL medications/herbals/over the counter need the authorization form filled out by the parent and on file in the clinic see the link from the Nurse’s office page on the website
  • This form is good for days 1-3, on day 4 ALL medications need a healthcare provider’s written order.
  • Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, cough syrups, cough drops, Vitamin C drops, Miralax are all considered examples of over the counter (OTC) medications. There are many more. Please contact me if you have any questions.
  • Medications CAN NOT come to school in backpacks! This is for the safety of your child and the other children. If a medication comes to school in the backpack it will be taken to the clinic and you will be called to pick it up in person.
  • Students who need medication MUST come to the clinic unless there is written permission from a healthcare provider giving that student permission to self carry. Typically, this is for Emergency medications and reserved to upper level students.

As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have! I am here to help!


Staci Capistrano BSN, RN
Saint James School

Contact Information

Mrs. Capistrano
703-533-1182, ext. 107