CLICK HEREWelcome to the 2020-2021 school year.  It will look very different from previous years.  Please check back regularly for updated information to prepare for school if your student will be attending in-person learning.

If your student needs any medication administered while attending school in person, they must have a NEW treatment plan turned in to the clinic before the medication will be accepted.  Now is a good time to get any necessary paperwork so it will be ready for return to learning in person.  Please contact me via email Hudakae@pwcs.edu if you have questions or concerns about your student's medical needs.  - Nurse Amy, September 23, 2020


If you need paperwork for a child with asthma CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE

If you need paperwork for a child with allergies CLICK HERE , CLICK HERECLICK HERECLICK HERE and CLICK HERE .

If your student requires any other prescription or over the counter medication CLICK HERE .



If you are unsure which paperwork your child may need, please email Nurse Amy hudakae@pwcs.edu for clarification or further information.


CLICK HERE to visit the page for the daily health screening parents are required to perform before sending a student to in-person learning. Questions are also listed below in English



Welcome to the Potomac View Clinic with Nurse Amy! 

¡Bienvenido a la Clínica Potomac View con la enfermera Amy! 
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Hello, my name is Nurse Amy! This is my second year at Potomac View Elementary, and I am excited to assist the students with their health needs and concerns. 

While we are on this extended break from school, I will include information on this page that may be helpful to understanding and maintaining your health at home during this time.  Please see top of page for medical information that may be required if your student will be returning to school in person this fall.  Please email or call me if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you!
 
 
¡Bienvenido a la Clínica Potomac View con la enfermera Amy!

The Role Of The School Nurse

School Nurses are Specialized Instructional Support Personnel. They are the pivotal role that bridges healthcare and education. School nurses are instrumental in removing health barriers for all students. They maintain and support students with physical and mental health care needs to support academic success.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes the important role school nurses play in promoting the optimal biopsychosocial health and well-being of school-aged children in the school setting

CLICK HERE for the PWCS health protocols for the 2020-2021 school year.







Special Information for Health and Wellness During the Closure

What you do at home has the greatest impact on how healthy you stay during the current COVID-19 crisis. It is important that we do our best to keep ourselves healthy which will help keep others around us healthy as well.  The most important thing you can do is wash your hands often and do your best not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth - especially with dirty hands!  Check out the videos below for some great information about the importance of good hand washing and preventing the spread of germs (which is important all the time - not just during an outbreak!!!)

Further down the page I am including some resources that may be helpful when talking to your children about the current health crisis and different actions that are occurring because of it.  Scroll down for more information.

Wash Your Hands With Baby Shark



Weird Science Hand Washing - Children's Museum of Indianapolis 



How Germs Spread - Cincinnati Children's Hospital 



KidQuest Home Hand Washing Experiment


Wash Tunes - Wash Your Hands 



How to Talk to Your Children About Coronavirus (ChildMind Institute)



Setting Up for Success While At Home Together
Other than frequently and empathetically checking in with your kids, what else can you do to support their well-being and maintain a sense of normalcy while they’re out of school (and while you’re attempting to work from home)? Here is a list of ideas to consider for your family:

  • Stick to a consistent routine daily. Set expectations about getting up, getting dressed, and eating breakfast. (Many schools are finding ways to set up food programs during closures.)
  • Limit endless snacking. (We know this will be a tricky one for some of us who have stockpiled granola bars!)
  • Create a schedule for each day with your children to break up the time. Include “class time” when they complete school work, dedicated time for play, physical exercise, and emotional and mental health activities (see “Coping Kit“ below for ideas). Though there’s no need for a rigid agenda, all family members can be soothed by a  predictable structure.
  • Put a limit on social media. Encourage staying connected to friends but not obsessively reading news or discussing the virus online. 
  • Don’t have the TV on in the background all day. The worry for children will escalate if they repeatedly hear and view adults panicking or reports of deaths.
  • For children without their own phones, set up a FaceTime playdate with a friend and let them chat using your phone.
  • Dedicate time every afternoon to organizing and cleaning up to keep chaos and germs at bay.
  • Talk about and plan for ways in which you’ll deal with family arguments or sibling rivalry. Check out the Family Peace Rose for more.
  • Make dinner together.
  • Go old school! Have story time, play a board game, or try to learn a new language together during evening family time.


Create a Family “Coping Kit” To Deal with Anxiety
It is expected that we will experience anxiety during times of uncertainty and stress. One way you can help your child address their anxiety is through building a simple “Coping Kit.” A “Coping Kit” includes practical strategies that empower children to manage difficult feelings productively. Depending on your child’s age and needs, their “Coping Kit” could include:

  • This simple feelings wheel to accurately name and acknowledge emotions they may be experiencing. Remember, there are no “bad” emotions–it’s ok for them to feel whatever they feel and your job is to help them use strategies to cope.
  • Calming breathing techniques and mindfulness activities to reduce stress;
  •  Yoga or other movement and stretching activities;
  • Relaxation techniques like guided imagery or progressive muscle relaxation;
  • Fun indoor physical activities and games;
  • A private journal or sketchbook where they can express their emotions through writing or drawing;
  • For older children, find a social cause to learn more about together and support remotely. Or cultivate compassion by encouraging them to reach out via phone or text to potentially isolated elderly family members, neighbors, or their peers who are home unsupervised; and 
  • Practical strategies to help maintain their physical health including: 1. Picking out a fidget bracelet, button, or other small wearable item (that can be disinfected daily) to redirect the urge to touch their face. 2. Choosing part of a song they love that is at least 20 seconds long to sing while washing their hands


If you have additional questions or would like further information regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the following websites are the best and most reliable sources of information:


Prince William County Schools COVID-19 FAQs

World Health Organization (WHO) Public Advice

Healthy Parenting During the COVID-19 Crisis (WHO)

COVID-19 Mythbusters (WHO) 

Virginia Department of Health Covid-19 

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Covid-19



Please remember that in the time of social media, misinformation and myths can spread quickly. Just because it is widely shared on Facebook or other social media/internet sources doesn't make it true.  The most reliable information regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic will be from reputable, science/fact base sources such as the ones listed above.  Think twice and check your facts before clicking "share"!!!


Department Links
Low Cost Healhcare Resources in Northern Virginia - resources across NoVa for obtaining health care
Allergy and Asthma Network
A good source of Allergy and Asthma information for parents.
Bedbug Information
Helpful Information on Bedbugs from the Virginia Department of Agriculture
Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth Initiative
What Kids Need: 40 Developmental Assets
Virginia Department of Health