MRS. ANGELA KOUCHERAVY RN, BBA
Angela Koucheravy has been the school nurse at St. Bernadette School since September 2014. Prior to coming to St. Bernadette, she was an operating room nurse in a hospital. She is currently a member of the National Association of School Nurses and volunteers with Fairfax County’s Medical Readiness Corps.
The school clinic is located across the main hall from the school’s front office.
Telephone: (703) 451-8696, ask for the clinic or extension 128
Student Sick and Return to School Policy
(subject to change as COVID guidance changes)
Daily screening guidelines/requirements must be followed before sending your student to school, and students must be well to attend.
No student should report to school if ill. Every parent needs to plan to have their student picked up within one hour should their student become ill at school. Please take a moment to ensure your contact information, and that of your emergency contacts/pick-ups, are in PowerSchool and are up to date.
1. Students will be considered to have a fever if their temperature is 100.0 F and above. They may return to school when they have been fever free for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medications.
2. Students in school with COVID-19 like symptoms (not easily explainable by other reasons), will be sent home. They must remain home for 10 days or be evaluated by a health care provider and be cleared to return to school earlier due to an alternate diagnosis. A doctor's note clearing them for return to school must be provided to the school nurse before their return.
3. If your student has any of the COVID-19 symptoms at home (not easily explainable by other reasons) before coming to school, they must stay home. Notify the school of the symptoms. As above, they must then remain home for 10 days or be evaluated by their healthcare provider and be cleared to return to school earlier due to an alternate diagnosis. A doctor's note clearing them for return to school must be provided to the school nurse before their return.
4. If your student has been tested for COVID-19, they must remain home until they have received notification of negative test results; a copy of these results must be provided to the school nurse with a doctor's clearance note or Permission to Return to School form before their return to school.
5. Following CDC guidance, if your student has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they cannot return to in-person school for 14 days after their last contact with that person. A clearance note from the county health department must be provided to the school nurse before their return.
6. If your student tested positive for COVID-19, their return to school timeline is based upon whether or not they have symptoms. A clearance note from the county health department must be provided to the school nurse before their return.
7. If one of your students is staying home with COVID symptoms, all of your children who attend our school must remain home as well.
The Virginia Department of Health has created an algorithm for evaluating your child with COVID-19 symptoms or exposure that might be helpful. Click Here
a. COVID-19 tests for return to school must be performed by a medical professional; no self-swabbing test results will be accepted because the reliability of the test decreases significantly if collected in this manner.
b. It is up to the healthcare provider to determine if a COVID-19 test is required after their assessment.
c. Permission to Return to School form completed by a healthcare provider may be accepted in lieu of a provider's clearance note. (see LINKS TO IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND FORMS below)
LINKS TO IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND FORMS
Please click on name of information or form below to be directed to it.
Health Forms for Severe Allergies (all are required):
• Severe Allergy/Anaphylaxis Action Plan & Treatment
• Epinephrine Authorization
• Antihistamine Authorization
Illness Guidelines Summary
For the health of your child, other students, and school staff, it is important to know when your child should stay home due to illness. Students should stay home if they have the following symptoms:
• Fever of 100.0 F or higher in the last 24 hours
• Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
If your child was diagnosed with a bacterial infection and prescribed antibiotics, they should stay home until the antibiotic has been given for at least 24 hours and the physician has given permission for your child to return to school.
We encourage you to follow your physician’s recommendations for returning to school and other activities.
Students with fevers and/or other contagious conditions will be sent home promptly and must stay home from school while in that condition. Parents must pick up their sick or injured child in a timely manner when contacted. If the parent cannot be reached, emergency contacts will be called to pick up the child.
Please see the Parent/Student Handbook for more guidance.
Calling Attendance to report your student’s absence due to illness
Please give a brief description of symptoms such as “fever” or “vomiting” or give the doctor’s diagnosis if you have one.
Administering Medications to Students at School
All doses of mediation should be administered by parents/guardians during non-school hours whenever possible and appropriate.
There are times when students require medications and/or treatments during the school day. These medications and treatments may be managed differently at school than families may manage them at home. The reasons for the rules and policies that guide medication management here at school are for safety and are legally dictated.
Prescription medications can be given to children at school only with a physician/other authorized medical provider’s written order or prescription and a signed request by the parent/guardian given on the Medication Authorization Form. Non-prescription/over the counter medications can be administered to students only with written permission from the parent/guardian on the Medication Authorization Form (see link to copy of form above).
All medication must be brought to school in its original container.
Life threatening allergies and medical conditions
Parents must supply the school with any emergency medications prescribed by their child’s doctor, along with forms signed by both the doctor and the parent. Parents can also provide the school with “safe” food for classroom celebrations involving food if their child has a life-threatening food allergy.
Tdap Immunization Requirement for Rising 7th Graders
Virginia law requires that all students entering 7th grade have a tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) booster immunization prior to the first day of 7th grade. These students may not attend school without documented proof of having had this dose.
Screening for Kindergarten, 3rd, and 7th Graders
Virginia law requires that all students in kindergarten, 3rd grade, and 7th grade have their hearing and vision screened within 60 business days of the first day of school. These screenings will be conducted at no cost to you during the school day and with your consent. If a potential concern is discovered, the parent/guardian will be contacted with a recommendation for further testing.
Scoliosis Information for Parents of 5th – 8th Graders
Information will be provided to parents of students in grades 5 through 8 within 60 business days after the opening of school each year. This information will include a definition of scoliosis, a description of how scoliosis is identified, a statement of why it is important to screen for the condition, a description of the types of screening procedures, a description of potential treatments for the condition, and information about where screening can be obtained.
Health Promotion Resources