Clinic FAQ

What are the OSHA requirements to volunteer at school?

To volunteer you need to watch the OSHA slideshow.  After watching the slideshow, complete and return the OSHA form to the school office.

When is there a nurse at school?

Portsmouth Catholic has a nurse on duty during school hours (8:00 – 3:00).

What are the medical requirements necessary for admission? 

Every student must have a recent physical on the Virginia State physical form. This form is available from the school office or the clinic. The immunization requirements for admission are also available in the school clinic.

Can my child take medication at school?

Yes, over the counter medications can be given if the medication authorization form is completed.  Over the counter medication can be given as needed and for no more than three consecutive days.  If the medication is needed for more than three days, an order is required from a physician.

Yes, your child may be given prescription medication only after we have received a signed medication administration form completed by your physician and signed by the parent.

All medications must be brought to the clinic in the original box by the parent or an adult. The medication MAY NOT be brought to school by the child.

What if my child has severe allergies, such as peanuts? 

We have an allergy form that needs to be filled out by the parent and the physician. If it is necessary, an epi-pen can be kept in the clinic. Also, we provide allergy reaction information to the class and the teachers, including all specials teachers and staff members. We can provide a peanut free lunch table in the cafeteria for students as needed and by a parent request.

Is your child too sick for school?

  • Chickenpox: school exclusion for seven days or until vesicles become dry.
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye): Students may not attend if discharge is present and must be treated with medication. A note from the doctor is required to return to school.
  • Head Lice: Prior to returning to school, the child must be checked by the school nurse.
  • Bacterial infections: May return once the child has been on antibiotics for twenty-four hours, and is fever free for twenty-four hours.
  • Vomiting, diarrhea and /or fever: May not return to school unless the student has not vomited for twenty-four hours, has not had diarrhea for twenty-four hours and has not had a fever for twenty-four hours.

During the first week of school, an emergency information sheet will be sent home with your child. This form must be completed and returned immediately to the school. Please indicate on the form if your child has any medical conditions of which we should be aware. We ask that you please complete this part of the form each year. Together, you, your child, and the school nurse can build a relationship to benefit your child.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child for the nurse, please feel free to e-mail, call, or stop by the clinic anytime during regular school hours (8:00 AM-3:00 PM).

School phone number: 757-488-6744

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