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 they are not feeling well.
Every parent needs to plan to have their student picked up within one hour if their student becomes sick at school. Please take a few minutes to make sure your contact information, and that of your emergency contacts/pick-ups are in PowerSchool and are up-to-date.
1. Student will be considered to have a fever if their temperature is 100.0 F and above. Student may return to school when they have been fever-free for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medicine.
2. If your student has been tested for COVID-19 they must stay home until they receive negative test results.
3. If your student tests positive for COVID-19 they must “Isolate”:
Everyone, regardless of vaccination and mask wearing status must:
o Day 1 to 5: Stay home and away from others
o Day 6 to 10: Return to school IF:
• Have no symptoms or symptoms are resolving
• Have been fever free until 24 hours without fever reducing medications.
• Wear a well-fitting mask (even if your student has “opted out of wearing a mask.”) Student must stay home for full 10 day period if parent does not agree for student to wear well-fitting mask at school until day 10.
4. If your student was exposed to someone with COVID-19 they must “Quarantine”.
o Students who have received 2 COVID-19 vaccine doses within the last 5 months or had COVID-19 within the last 90 days confirmed by a positive viral test and are asymptomatic:
Day 1 to 10:
• Wear a mask around others
• Test on Day 5 if possible
• If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home
• If you test positive for COVID-19 during this 10-day period, follow isolation guidance in #4 above
o Students who have received 2 COVID-19 vaccine doses within the last 5 months or had COVID-19 within the last 90 days confirmed by a positive viral test but have symptoms, test and:
• If test positive, follow isolation guidance in #4 above
• If don’t test, follow isolation guidance in #4 above
• If test negative, consult doctor and manage symptoms based on alternate diagnosis
o Students who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated or more than 5 months out from their second COVID-19 vaccine dose:
Day 1 to 5:
• Stay home and away from others
• Test on Day 5 if possible. If you test positive for COVID-19, follow the isolation guidance in #4 above
Day 6 to 10:
• Wear a mask around others (even if your student has “opted out of wearing a mask.”) Student must stay home for full 10 day period if parent does not agree for student to wear well-fitting mask at school until day 10.
• If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home. If you test positive for COVID-19, follow isolation guidance in #4 above
Special Situation for Quarantine >> Household close contacts: Count the date of last contact with the positive household member as Day 0 and follow guidance in #5 above.
NOTE: Return to school mask wearing requirement: If student meets one of the isolation/quarantine criteria above (e.g., tests positive for COVID-19, was exposed to someone who with COVID-19) the student must wear a well-fitting mask during the remaining days of their quarantine/isolation (i.e., days 1 to 10 or 6-10) when they return to school IAW the guidelines above. If you feel they cannot wear a mask while at school or choose not to have them do so, they must continue to isolate or quarantine at home until Day 10. If the student is not complying with this mask requirement while at school and after several reminders by an adult, the parent will be called, and the student must go home. They may then return on Day 11.
LINKS TO IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND FORMS
Please click on name of information or form below to be directed to it.
Health Forms for Enrollment (all are required):
• School Entrance Health Form (MCH-213G)
• School Entrance Health Form (MCH-213G) Fillable Form
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.
Immunization Requirement for Rising 7th Graders
Virginia law requires that all students entering 7th grade have a tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) booster and one dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine prior to the first day of 7th grade. These students may not attend school without documented proof of having had these vaccines.
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