Health & Wellness

St. Veronica School has two nurses on staff, Mrs. Teresa Gallahan and Mrs. Carissa Morris. The school Clinic is located on the first floor near the first grade and kindergarten classrooms.

Email: nurse@stveronicaschool.org

For medical forms, please visit the forms page​.

Health Requirements For All Newly Enrolling Students

All students accepted for admission to St. Veronica School must meet the following health requirements set forth by the Diocese of Arlington and the Commonwealth of Virginia. These requirements must be met prior to the first day of school.

  • Requirements for admission to grades K through 5
    Any students in grades K through 5 being admitted to school in the Commonwealth of Virginia for the first time must have a physical examination by a physician performed within 12 months of the start of school. Physicals performed for preschools do not meet this requirement. The physical examination must be documented on the Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Health Form (MCH 213). Part I of this form is to be completed and signed by the parent or guardian. Part II & III of the form which document the physical examination and immunization dates is to be completed and signed by your child’s physician and must include the exact date of the physical examination. For students who have previously been enrolled in a school in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we must receive the original or copy of the initial school entrance physical from the prior school, as well as proof of adequate immunization. Forms not completed and signed by the parent and/or physician will be returned to the parent for completion.
  • Requirements for grades 6 to 8
    Any student newly enrolling into grades 6 to 8 must provide proof of adequate immunization.
  • Tdap boost immunization for all students entering 6th grade.

Minimum Immunization Requirements

(must be met prior to the start of school)

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, or Tdap) – A minimum of 4 doses. A child must have at least one dose of DTaP or DTP vaccine on or after the fourth birthday. DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus) vaccine is required for children who are medically exempt from the pertussis containing vaccine (DTaP or DTP). Adult Td is required for children 7 years of age and older who do not meet the minimum requirements for tetanus and diphtheria. Effective July 1, 2006, a booster dose of Tdap vaccine is required for all children entering the 6th grade, if at least five years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine.
  • Haemophilus Influenzae Type b (Hib) Vaccine – This vaccine is required ONLY for children up to 60 months of age. A primary series consists of either 2 or 3 doses (depending on the manufacturer). However, the child’s current age and not the number of prior doses received govern the number of doses required. Unvaccinated children between the ages of 15 and 60 months are only required to have one dose of vaccine.
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine – A complete series of 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine is required for all children. However, the FDA has approved a 2-dose schedule ONLY for adolescents 11-15 years of age AND ONLY when the Merck Brand (RECOMBIVAX HB) Adult Formulation Hepatitis B Vaccine is used. If the 2-dose schedule is used for adolescents 11-15 years of age it must be clearly documented on the school form.
  • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV) – Effective October 1, 2008, a complete series of 3 doses of HPV vaccine is required for females. The first dose shall be administered before the child enters the 6th grade. After reviewing educational materials approved by the Board of Health, the parent or guardian, at the parent’s or guardian’s sole discretion, may elect for the child not to receive the HPV vaccine.
  • Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR) Vaccine – A minimum of 2 measles, 2 mumps, and 1 rubella. (Most children receive 2 doses of each because the vaccine usually administered is the combination vaccine MMR). First dose must be administered at age 12 months or older. Second dose of vaccine must be administered prior to entering kindergarten but can be administered at any time after the minimum interval between dose 1 and dose 2.
  • Pneumococcal (PCV) Vaccine – This vaccine is required ONLY for children less than two years of age. Two to four doses, dependent on age at first dose, of pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine are required.
  • Polio Vaccine – A minimum of 4 doses of polio vaccine. One dose must be administered on or after the fourth birthday.
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine – All susceptible children born on and after January 1, 1997, shall be required to have one dose of chickenpox vaccine administered at age 12 months or older. Effective March 3, 2010, a second dose must be administered prior to entering kindergarten but can be administered at any time after the minimum interval between dose 1 and dose 2.

For further information, please call the Division of Immunization at 1-800-568-1929 (in state only) or 804-864-8055.

Medication Procedures

If your child requires medication, either prescription or over-the-counter, during the school day please contact the school nurse to obtain the necessary school Medication Forms​. Physician orders and parent/guardian signed authorization are required for most medication given at school and must be on file with the school nurse before medication can be accepted or administered. Medication must be kept in the school clinic or other school approved location during the school day.

Medication must always be transported to and from school by a parent or guardian. Students must never bring medication into school due to the safety risk this poses for all students.

All prescription medications must be in their original containers with the pharmacy label on the container, the physician’s medication order and pharmacy label must match in relation to the child’s name, dose and frequency the medication is to be administered. This includes inhalers used for asthma. All over-the-counter (OTC) medications must be in the original container with the name of the medication visible. Parents should label any OTC medication with the student’s name, exact dose to be administered and the frequency or time interval to be given. The first dose of any new medication must be given at home.

Parent Responsibilities

You can do a lot to assist your child in staying health and in promoting a healthy school environment. Here are just a few important guidelines to follow:

  • Help your child develop good health habits: balanced meals, good night sleep, hand washing before meals and after using the toilet, always eating breakfast before school, dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Notify school of any medical conditions, such as communicable diseases, head lice, impetigo, ringworm, etc.
  • Assess your child’s health each morning. Do not give your child medication and send him/her off to school if you suspect a fever or for significant cold symptoms.
  • Keep your child home until their fever is normal for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of medication.
  • Update emergency care forms whenever there is a change in your home, work or cell phone numbers – including numbers of your emergency contacts. Remember, the emergency contacts you give the school should be able to pick up you child if you are unable to come or be reached within a reasonable time frame.

Consider using these guidelines to determine if your child is too sick to attend school:

  • Please allow adequate time in the morning for your child to eat breakfast, use the bathroom, etc., as many visits to the clinic are related to this.
  • If you are unsure of your child’s condition in the morning, please keep them home and watch them for a few hours. If you feel that he is acting normal and feeling better, then you can bring him to school.
  • A temperature over 100.0 F. (Remember that Tylenol, Advil, etc can mask the effects of a fever). Try to take your child’s temperature before you give fever-reducing medicine Do not give your child medication and send him/her off to school if he has a fever or significant cold symptoms. Keep your child home until their temperature is normal for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of medication.
  • Persistent vomiting and/or diarrhea.
  • A cough that keeps a child awake at night, worsens with increased activity, or is combined with other symptoms.
  • A persistent red sore throat, especially if the tonsils are enlarged.
  • A severe and persistent earache.
  • Redness in the whites of the eyes, yellow eye discharge and matted lashes are symptoms of conjunctivitis (pinkeye). A doctor should be consulted for treatment as this condition is highly contagious.
  • Rashes can be difficult to evaluate. If they are all over the body, blistery, oozing, or painful, they could be a sign of a contagious infection, such as chicken pox or measles. Please check with your doctor before you send your child to school.

Please Note

  • Notify school of any medical conditions, such as communicable diseases, head lice, impetigo, ringworm, etc.
  • Update emergency care forms whenever there is a change in your home, work or cell phone numbers -including numbers of your emergency contacts. Remember, the emergency contacts you give the school should be able to pick up your child if you are unable to come or cannot be reached within a reasonable time frame.

Please call the school nurse at 703-773-2024 with any questions.​