If your child is ill, please contact:
Elementary: Mary Bess Smith (301-3655)
Middle School: Megan Blalock (301-3521)
High School: Sallie Wallace (301-3551)
The primary role of the school nurse is to support student learning by implementing strategies that promote student and staff healthy and safety.
Our school nurse, Mrs. , is available for the general health care of our students at school and is qualified to assess and treat minor illnesses or injuries that occur during the day. If a student needs to be sent home from school because of illness or injury, Mrs. Poston will contact a parent or guardian to make arrangements for dismissal.
The CPA clinic is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
There is new information in your CPA handbook regarding medications in school, conditions requiring exclusion from school, who to call when your child is ill, what to do when you leave town, etc. Please read and become familiar with this information.
The Clinic does not stock allergy or cold medicines. You must give those at home. Many students (and faculty) struggle with severe allergy symptoms. Please give your children these medications at home if they are congested, coughing, sneezing, etc. If you are uncertain of what to give your child, please call your pediatrician or allergist.
After An Injury or Surgery:
When making a decision about when to send your child back to school, it is usually best to wait until they are able to tolerate an active day without prescription pain medications. Generally, these medications have unpleasant side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, inability to concentrate, and lethargy. Please do not hesitate to call or e-mail Mrs. Poston if you have questions about this.
Dismissal from School Due to Injury or Illness:
No student will be dismissed from school due to illness or injury without being evaluated by the school nurse. A written pass from the nurse is required before the student can sign out with the school administrative assistant. Students are not permitted to use their cell phones to call or text-message a parent to come and pick them up from school without first being evaluated by the nurse. No student will be permitted to leave campus until a parent (or approved substitute guardian) has been notified.
Medications at School:
Please review the CPA medication policies carefully. Call the school nurse if you have any questions or concerns.
Inhalers and Epi-Pens:
If your child has asthma and carries an inhaler to school (even if only sometimes) OR if your child carries an Epi-pen for severe allergic reactions, you must have an authorization form on file with the clinic (download above). If you have any questions about this, please call Mrs. Poston at 301-3517 or stop by the clinic during school hours.