Policies & Procedures
Christina MagnottiClinic Room Aidecmagnotti@fcps.edu 703-319-2710
Tracy Paterno-Hardy, RNPublic Health Nursektpaternohar@fcps.edu 703-319-2711
Hours and Location
The clinic is open from Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. It is located near the main office in room 27A. In order to use the health room, each student must bring a signed pass from his/her teacher. In the event that the health room is closed, students are to report to the Student Services office. If a student needs to take medication at school or at any school-sponsored club or activity, a medication form must be signed and on file in the health room.
Student Health at Oakton HS
The Health Information Form is to be completed by the parent or guardian at the start of each school year. The completed form is to be returned to the school clinic.
Students who need to take medication during school hours must have a signed Medication Authorization, Release, and Indemnification Form. Prescription medications require the signature of both the parent and the physician. Inhalers and EpiPens require authorization forms.
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are drugs that can be purchased without a doctor's prescription and are used for the relief of symptoms on a temporary basis. With parent and physician authorization, OTC medications may be given on an "as needed" basis throughout the school year. Parents may authorize limited use for 10 consecutive days with a completed Medication Authorization Form. Examples include antihistamines for allergic reactions. With parent permission using the Medication Authorization Form, certain OTC medications may be given on an "as needed" basis throughout the school year only as a pain reliever for headaches, muscle aches, menstrual cramps, or orthodontic pain. The medication must be supplied by the parent in its original container. Examples include Tylenol, Advil, Pamprin, and aspirin.
How can you help your school health room provide the best possible care?
Advise the health room aide of any special health concerns.
Keep the Emergency Care Card updated and Notify school main office of changes to contact phone numbers immediately.
Keep sick children home. It is difficult for students to concentrate or do school work when not feeling well and stops possible spread of communicable illnesses.
Students who have fevers (temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher), vomiting, or diarrhea are not able to stay in school. It is best for children to be at home for 24 hours after these conditions resolve.
When medication must be administered during the school day or at any school sponsored club or activity, please complete the FCPS Medication Authorization forms.
Medications must be transported to and from school by a parent or guardian; except, with parent or guardian approval, a high school student may carry over-the-counter (OTC) medications to and from the school health room.
Medications must be kept in the school health room or other school-approved location. A doctor may authorize a student to carry an emergency medication on the authorization form. It is recommended to have a backup medication in the health room.
OTC medications may be given up to ten consecutive school days with the parent’s or guardian’s signature on the FCPS Medication Authorization form before a physician’s authorization is required.
OTC medications that are pain relievers may be given as needed throughout the school year with only the parent’s or completion of the FCPS Medication Authorization form.
Cough drops and throat lozenges may be carried and used by students in, provided that they are in the original packaging. Students must not share cough drops or throat lozenges under any circumstances.