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Instructor: Ms. Fisher   
Hello, my name is Mrs. Fisher and I am the school nurse at SMS.  I have been a nurse for 26 years.  I received my Associates degree in nursing from Pasco Hernando Community College in Florida.  I have worked in the hospital on a medical surgical floor, pediatric floor and maternal child health floor.  I also worked in a pediatric clinic and an outpatient clinic and have many years of home health experience.    When moving to Stafford in 2012 I became a school nurse.  I will be starting my third year as the school nurse for Stafford Middle School.
































Flu & cold season are approaching.  The following are some suggestions to reduce the spread of flu or colds:

1.  Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing; dispose of tissue immediately and was hands thoroughly.

2.  Frequently wash hands with soap & water for at least 20 seconds.

 3.  Rinse & dry hands with a disposable towel.  Use towel to turn off the faucet.

4.  Stay home from work or school for 5-7 days if you have flu-like symptomss.

5.  Refrain from visiting a nursing home if you have flu-like symptoms.

Here are some guidelines to consider when deciding to keep a child home from school due to illness:

1. Temperature of 100 or higher

2.  Vomiting more than once during the night or before school

3.  Diarrhea 3 times or more during the night or before school

4.  You suspect that your child may have a communicable disease, i.e., chicken pox, strep throat, etc., and you plan to take him/her to the doctor for evaluation

If your child is sick the night before or in the morning, please do not send them to "try and make it through the day."  Most of the time they won't make it and they expose all their classmates to the illness.

For parents who qualify, Virginia offers an insurance program called FAMIS.  If you are interested, you may pick up an application here at school, call toll free 1-866-87FAMIS (1-866-873-2647), or apply on-line at www.FAMIS.org.
Supplies used in the clinic  
Isopropyl/Alcohol     First Aid Cream  Antibiotic Ointment   Calamine   Throat Spray 
Isotonic Eye Wash   Vinyl gloves        

Should you know of a reason why these items should not be used on your son/daughter, please contact me.


Clinic News
8th grade students
I have sent a school health entrance form home with your student.  Please complete and return as soon as possible.  This form is for you to update if you student has a health condition or has had any change in their health.  This is to assist the high school nurse and provide her with updated medical information.
Thank You,
Mrs. Fisher
Update on supplies used in clinic
We no longer use Orajel, Hydrogen Peroxide or Caldyphen.
Head Lice
Click HERE to learn Stafford County Policy on head lice.
Rising 6th graders
All rising 6th graders MUST receive and provide documentation of Tdap shot BEFORE the first day of school
A Tdap (Diptheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus) booster is required of students enrolling in grade six.  This vaccination may be listed as T, Td, Dtap, and/or Tdap and should be within the last five years.  Tdap can be given to student's age 10 or 11.  Multiple vaccine preparations are available, if your health care provider does not carry the preparation for your student's age, you may call the health department for an appointment.

Should you need assistance in obtaining the necessary immunizations for your child and/or health records, please call your child's physician or the Stafford County Health Department at (540) 659-3101.  The Stafford County Health Department offers free immunizations every Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., appointments are required.


              In accordance with Virginia State law, parents of students in grades five through ten will receive this yearly information sheet containing important facts about Scoliosis and Scoliosis screening.

             Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature or turning of the spine. It affects 2-3% of the population or an estimated 600,000 people in the United States. If left untreated, scoliosis can progress to a serious problem, causing back pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine. It may lead to disk disease or sciatica. It can also threaten the psychological well-being of a young adult when there is an obvious deformity.

             Although scoliosis may result from an injury, a birth defect, or a crippling disease, 90% of cases are from unknown causes. It may run in families and affects girls seven times more often than boys. It most frequently develops during the growth spurt between ages 10 and 15, but can also develop or progress later in life. Early detection and intervention may prevent further structural deformity and resulting secondary problems.    

             Scoliosis screening is an observation of the student’s spine while standing as well as performing a forward bend. A scoliometer, a device for measuring the amount of abnormal curvature in the spine, may also be used during screening. Treatment of scoliosis varies between no treatments needed, bracing of the spine, to spinal fusion surgery.

              Since the development of scoliosis is gradual and usually painless, scoliosis may develop without the parent or child being aware. It is important for parents to monitor their child’s development during these growing years and to have students checked by the family physician routinely. The signs of scoliosis may include uneven shoulders, a shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other, uneven waistline creases, one hip higher than the other, and/or a leaning to one side.

             If you have concerns about your child’s spinal health, contact your family health care provider or school nurse for follow up.  If you do not have a primary care physician, with your written permission, the school nurse can provide an initial screening.  Should further evaluation be necessary she can direct you to other health care resources.

To: Parents of children on Free and Reduced Lunch Program
Since your child is eligible to receive free or reduced lunch he/she may also be eligible to receive dental services from the Stafford County Dental Clinc.
This applies to anyone covered by either Medicaid or FAMIS. If not covered, please contact the Stafford County Department of Social Services to see if your child qualifies. If you do not qualify, you can contact the Stafford County Health Department @ 540-659-3101 and let them know that you would like your child to receive services from the Stafford County Dental Clinic. You may be eligible for our Sliding Scale Free Schedule.
If you are interested in having your child enrolled in the dental program, please contact your child's school nurse; they will provide you with the appropriate forms for you to complete.
If you have any questions, you can talk to your school nurse or contact the Stafford County Dental Clinic @ 540-288-2579.
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