If your child has any significant medical needs, please notify the nurse even if the school has been notified in previous school years. If your child has asthma, diabetes, seizures, life-threatening allergies, or other medical conditions, you and the physician will need to complete a form so the school can understand and address your child's needs. These forms are available on the Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) website. These forms must be updated each school year.
Clinic personnel are not allowed to make a medical diagnosis. If you have urgent concern, please take your child to their personal physician or medical facility.
If your child is ill because of a contagious disease such as flu, strep throat, chickenpox, etc., it would be helpful to note the reason for the absence when you call the absentee call-line. This will help the school take measures to know the extent of the disease and reduce its spread.
Students who have fevers should be kept at home until free of fever for 24 hours.
Parents/Guardian are adivised to give medications at home whenever possible. If it is necessary that a medication be given during school hours, the following regulations must be followed:
A parent or guardian must deliver any medication (prescription or non-prescription) to the school office or clinic. Students may not transport any medication to or from school. Parents are responsible for picking up any unused medication.
The nurse must have written instructions from the physician in order to administer prescription medication. The instruction should include:
name and purpose of the medication;
dosage and time of administration;
possible side effects and measure to take if those occur;
end date for administering the medication;
parent's signature giving permission to administer medication and to contact physician, and physician's signature and
a specific "Authorization for Medication Administration" form should be used for physician's orders. Copies of this form as well as other medical forms are available in the school office or at LCPS website - Student Health Services.
All prescription medication must be in the original pharmacy bottle with the proper label containing the student's name, medication, dosage, and instructions for administration. Upon request, most pharmacies will provide an extra bottle with the proper amount of medication for school. The clinic can not accept more than a 2 month school day supply of medicine.
If the nurse needs to administer non-prescription medication:
it must be provided by the parent/guardian in an original package with the name of the medication and instructions;
she must have a note from the parent regarding when and how much medication to administer;
she will only give the amount listed on the package for your child's age and weight and for the recommendation length of time the student should receive the medication unless she has a doctor's orders on the "Authorization for Medication Administration" form to dispense differently; and
she cannot administer medication that is not in its original container and is not expired.
For the nurse to give acetaminophen (generic Tylenol) to your child, you must have completed the section on the emergency card that gives permission and sign it. Parents/guardians of elementary students will be contacted before any acetaminophen is given in order to assure that it has not been given at home.
Be sure to keep the "Emergency Information" updated so we can reach you if your child is ill or injured.
Sugarland Elementary School • 65 Sugarland Run Drive Sterling, VA 20164 • P:(571) 434-4460 • F: (703) 444-7463