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Christina Warren » Christina Warren, RN, BSN, NCSN ~ PCHS School Nurse

Christina Warren, RN, BSN, NCSN ~ PCHS School Nurse

Hi and Welcome Hurricane Students and Families!
 
     My name is Christina Warren.  I would like to introduce myself and share some basic school health guidelines.  I began practicing nursing in 2005 after receiving my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from ECU.  My experience includes cardiac intermediate care, interventional radiology, and working on the critical care nurse resource team for our local hospital.  In 2014, I was given the opportunity to serve the community and school system where I grew up.  I obtained National Board Certification for School Nursing in 2015.  I served as the school nurse for Fred A. Anderson Elementary School from 2014-2022 and then transitioned to Pamlico County High School.  I feel truly honored to have your child during the day and will treat them with the same consideration as I do my own. 
 
I look forward to getting to know you and your child during the 2022-2023 school year!
 
You will receive a Student Emergency Information form that gives me vital
information in managing your child’s health. If your child’s health in any way changes
during the year, please let me know. This also provides me with the information on how to
reach you if your child becomes ill or injured.
 

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House Bill 13 requires every child entering public schools in N.C. for the first time receive a health assessment.  This assessment must occur within 12 months prior to entering school and the medical provider, parent, or guardian must provide a completed health assessment transmittal form to the school within 30 calendar days of the child's first day of attendance.  
 
Your child can get a health assessment at a participating local health department or at your doctor’s office.
 
 
If the required documents are not received by the start of the 30th school day, your child will be excluded from school and will be allowed to return when the documents are received.
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Please make every effort to give your child's medication at home.  Our school has a written policy to assure the safe administration of medication to students during the school day. If your child must have medication of any type given during school hours, including over-the-counter drugs, you have the following choices:

  1. You may come to school and give the medication to your child at the appropriate time(s). 
  2. You may obtain a copy of the medication form from the school nurse, or print the Authorization of Medication Form. Take this form to your child's doctor and have him/her complete the form by listing medication(s) needed, dosage, and number of times per day the medication is to be administered. The form must be completed by the doctor for both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The form must be signed by the doctor and you, the parent, or guardian. Prescription medications must be brought to school in a pharmacy-labeled bottle which contains instructions on how and when the medication is to be given. Over-the-counter drugs must be received in the original container and will be administered according to the doctor's written instructions.
  3. You may discuss an alternative schedule for administering medications with your child's doctor.

Students are NOT to transport medication to or from school.

An adult must bring the medication to the school office and sign it in/out.

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The Medical Statement for Students with Unique Mealtime Needs for School Meals helps schools provide meal modifications for students who require them. Schools cannot change food textures, make food substitutions, or alter a student's diet at school without proper documentation from the healthcare provider
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It is important for the health of all students, faculty, and staff that your child does not attend school when he/she is ill.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child's illness, please call the school nurse or your licensed healthcare provider. 

Below are some examples of reasons to stay home:

1) If your child is diagnosed with COVID-19. If your child has symptoms of COVID-19. Pamlico County Schools will follow NCDHHS Procedures for Response to COVID-19 Cases in K-12 Schools

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19 quarantine/isolation for PCHS please contact the school nurse.

2) If your child is running a fever, please keep your child home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.  Please send in a note when the child returns to school to inform of the reason for the absence.

3) If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea, please keep him/her at home until 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.  

4) If your child has a rash or lesion of unknown reason, he/she should be evaluated by a licensed health care provider before returning to school.  Inform the school nurse.  Please provide written documentation to the school nurse from the licensed healthcare provider indicating that your child has been cleared to return to school.

5) Pamlico County Schools does not follow a no-nit policy regarding head lice.  However, should you suspect head lice, please treat your child before bringing him/her to school.  Please call the school nurse if you have any questions.

6) Open sores with or without drainage should always be covered.  If you suspect staph infection, please have your child evaluated by a licensed health care provider indicating that your child may return to school.

7) Red or pink eyes, with complaints of itching, pain, watering, drainage or crusting should be evaluated by a licensed healthcare provider.  The child may return 24 hours after the start of antibiotics with a doctor's note.  Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is highly contagious. 

8) If your child has chicken pox, he/she may return to school after clearance from the licensed health care provider and when the blisters are dried and scabbed over (5-10 days after onset).  Please call the school nurse informing her as soon as possible once a diagnosis is made.

 

If your child is absent, please call the school, fill out the attendance form on PCHS website, or send in a note to inform the school of the absence and the reason.

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What steps can I take to prevent my student from getting sick?:

 

  • Help your student monitor their health.  
  • Stay home when sick. This is more important than ever with COVID-19.  You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.  Germs can be picked up by our hands and get into the body through mucous membranes on the face.  
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Avoid sharing objects with other students, including water bottles, devices, writing instruments, and books.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Find additional CDC resources on how to clean and disinfect schools.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs. For more guidance see the CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.
  • Well-Visit follow ups.  Vaccinations are an important tool to help stop the spread of disease.  COVID-19 vaccines are now available for individuals 6 months old and above.  Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.
 
Starting with the 2020-21 school year, students entering 12th grade are required to
have a booster (second) dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine if they have not already received one.
 
An up-to-date immunization record indicating that your student has received all required immunizations is due
by the first day of attendance at school.
 
If proof of immunization is not provided within 30 calendar days after
school entry, your student will not be allowed to attend school until it is provided, as required by law. 

North Carolina law provides for only two types of exemptions from required immunizations. These
are medical and religious, as detailed below. If your child has a medical or religious exemption to this
vaccine(s), you are required to provide documentation of this exemption(s).
 
Please contact your health care provider or local health department if your child needs this vaccine. 
 
 
Local Health Resources:
Pamlico County Health Department
Exciting news! Our school is participating in Kinsa’s FLUency™ school health program.  I have a limited amount of thermometers,  so please reach out to me to request one for your family!  To learn more about Kinsa's FLUency™ program you can visit https://home.kinsahealth.com/kinsa-for-schools or watch this video https://vimeo.com/417902325/b63a8efa6c