Nurse's Notes

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 Holly Hogan RN, BSN, NRP
HES School Nurse

For forms required for medical issues and permission for your child to receive medication throughout the school year, please click on FORMS on the left sidebar. For prescription medications the medication form must be signed by a physician. Remember, your child can NOT bring medications/cough drops from home to give the nurse. The parent or guardian must bring them in and be sure that the nurse has proper documentation filled out and signed for the student to receive it. Any questions please call!

Health Screenings

Virginia requires that students in Head Start, Pre-K, and Kindergarten have their vision, hearing, weight, height and speech/language screened. 3rd grade will have vision, hearing, weight and height screened. 5th grade will have vision, hearing, weight, height and scoliosis screening. Screenings will be Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Should you NOT want your child to be screened, please be sure to send back the "Op-out" form that was sent home. If you did not receive one, please contact the nurse.
Any abnormal results, you will receive a letter from me in Tuesday folders on 9/26/17. Any questions, please call!!

Click here to go to the VA Department of Health

Immunization Requirements

CareDox Parent Information

 CareDox - If you have not enrolled your child in CareDox please go to You will only have to update your child’s records once they are enrolled. You will receive emails from the nurse when your child visits the clinic. 

 Elementary students should get at least 9 hours
of sleep a night to be well rested.  
 A child needs their rest.      Sleep = Learning    A child working in school.      

Sleep Deprivation and Learning

Try to instill good sleeping habits in your children and help them to value sleep.

Some ways are:

  • Establish a reasonable bedtime
  • Allow sufficient time to wind down before bed
  • Avoid giving children caffeinated beverages and foods high in sugar in the late afternoon and evening
  • Provide quiet sleeping area that is conducive to sleep
  • Maintain a consistent nightly routine, going to bed at the same time every night
  • Good eating habits, especially starting the day with breakfast, will help recharge your child’s body and make them ready for the day


                Picture of Sick FaceWhen should your child stay home?

  • A fever that is 100 degrees or higher, prior to medication. Students need to be fever free 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Severe and persistent earache
  • Sinus drainage that is green or yellow
  • Red eyes with drainage and matted eyelashes
  • Vomiting or diarrhea, your child should stay home for 24 hours after symptoms are resolved                                                                                         

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  • Parents that have a child with any medical concerns, physical handicaps, asthma, diabetes, heart or seizure disorder, food or bee sting allergy, etc. need to meet with the school nurse to discuss your child’s health needs.  It is important that you fill out the required papers so we can assist your child with any medical needs that may arise during the school year.
  • Please encourage your child to eat breakfast at home or school every day.
  • For the safety of everyone please do not send your child to school if they are sick.
  • If your child is on medication, please request a separate bottle from the pharmacy for the school clinic.  All medicine must be in the original container.
  • Please do not send medication to school by the child.  A parent or guardian needs to bring the medicine to school. This includes cough drops.
  • A physician’s authorization is required for all prescription medication. Any changes in medication dosage must have a physician’s order.  Each medication requires its own medication form.
  • A parent or guardian signature is required before medication will be administered.
  • Medicine must be picked up at the end of the school year; any medicine not picked up will be discarded.
  • The Authorization to Administer Medication form as well as the Care Plans are only good for one school year.
  • Non-prescription medication will be administered as instructed on the box, unless accompanied with a physician’s order instructing to do differently.                                                                                                                                            

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​Always check with the teacher to see if there are any food allergies in the class, before you bring food into the classroom. Remember that food allergies are serious and can be life threatening. Treats can be non-food items such as pencils, markers, stickers, etc.
​Also consider any food or non-food item that could be a choking hazard.  Food items that are brought into the class should be healthy. 


If your child has had a recent illness or injury that you are concerned about please contact me
by phone @ 540-297-5144 or by e-mail  

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