Nurse's Corner  

Hello, my name is Denise Hallem and I've been the school nurse at Victory since 2013.  I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  My family moved to Virginia for my husband's career in the Marine Corps.  We have been here 23 years now.  I have 3 sons, 1 daughter and 3 dogs.  I love reading, running and all sports.  Especially ones I can do with my children.  I am an AHA CPR instructor with PWCS.  I belong to the Virginia Association of School Nurses as well as National Association of School Nurses.  I'm also a volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps. I look forward to promoting the health and well being of all students and staff at Victory ES. 


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Keep Your Child Home When?   PWCS Reg  758-1

Reasons for which a child may be sent home from school or for a parent to keep the child home from school.

  1. Fever of 100ºF and over – exclude until student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours.
  2. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, ringworm, and impetigo are all infections and must be treated with medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school. Please do not allow affected students back before this time so that other students are not infected unnecessarily.
  3. Rash of unknown origin (especially if accompanied by a fever).
  4. Head injury.
  5. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.
  6. Colds – a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.
  7. Diarrhea or vomiting – exclude until student has been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
  8. Stiff neck associated with a fever and/or a recent injury.
  9. Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in school.


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Covid-19

During this Covid-19 outbreak  in our county, state, country and the world, it is easy to be misinformed.  If you are interested in Covid-19 information please use a reputable site to answer your concerns and/or update yourself.  Here are some links that you might find helpful:

Virginia Department of Health  
http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/

Center for Disease Control (CDC)  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
National Institute of Health (NIH)  https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus
World Health Organization (WHO)  https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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PWCS cares deeply about students’ emotional well-being during their time away from school.  If a student is in need of emotional support during this time, please feel free to send an e-mail to[email protected].  A school mental health or health professional will answer and offer virtual support to students to the best of their ability.  This e-mail is not to be used for emergency situations as it will not be monitored 24 hours a day.  If a student is ever in an emergency situation he/she is encouraged to call 911 or utilize one of the resources listed below:

 

Emergency Resources:

ACTS Helpline                                               703.368.4141

1.800.SUICIDE (24-hour hotline)               1.800.784.2433

Crisis Text Hotline (24-hour hotline)         741741   

PWC Child Protective Services Hotline     703.792.4200

PWC Community Services Board               703.792.7800

FOOD HELP LINE 703-794-4668.   Families can call and agents  will help direct you to their nearest food pantry based on your location or they will be entered into a system to get a delivery if they do not have transportation or are immune compromised.