General Health Information
The NNPS health services program provides the following health screening for students:
Vision and hearing: First Step, Kindergarten, and new students, if there is no documentation. Screenings are required for students in grades 3, 7 and 10.
Dental: Kindergarten, if there is no documentation on physical, and grades 3, 7 and 10. Schools may partner with public and private dental programs. Information and permission forms would be distributed by the school.
Height and weight: Grades 3 and 7; 10 is optional.
Blood pressures: Grades 5, 7, and 10
Scoliosis: Scoliosis screening is available if requested by parents of students in grades 5 - 10. Click here for educational information.
If parents do not wish their child to participate in any part of the health screening programs, they must send a written request to the principal of the child's school.
Every year we have children with high fevers or injuries which require us to contact the parent. There are many parents whom we cannot contact by telephone. Please provide us with the telephone number of a neighbor or local friend or relative who will take care of your child in the event that we cannot locate either parent.
Please contact the office if there is a change of address or telephone number. Pagers and cell phone numbers are very helpful. In the event of a medical emergency, the Newport News Rescue Squad may be called to transport your child to the hospital. If possible, we will notify you before sending your child to a hospital. If not possible, we will notify you as soon as possible thereafter. In most cases, parents are responsible for all costs incurred.
- Medications After School
(Important Info: If your student needs medication at an event outside the normal school day)
- Medication Form and Asthma Action Plan for Medication to be Given
- Medication Order and Instructions to Carry Medications
- Medication and Instructions to Carry Asthma Inhaler
- Diabetic Corner
- Seizure Action Plan
- Life_Threatening Allergy Management Plan
Parents should ask the doctor to schedule medication doses other than during school hours. When this is not possible, the school will cooperate with parents to see the medication is given as prescribed. Below you will find the Newport News Public Schools policy that must be followed if your child is to be given medication during school hours.
All medication, prescription and over-the-counter, can only be administered at school, with a physician's order.
Non-prescription drugs (over the counter) will not be dispensed or administered by the school staff.
Students must not be given medicines (prescription or nonprescription) to transport to and from school.
Medications must be brought to school by parents or a guardian in properly labeled, original prescription bottle or container.
Written orders from the physician must detail the name of the drug, dosage, and time interval medication is to be taken. Forms are available from the school nurse.
Contact the school nurse about the procedure to carry medication at school.
School nurses will contact prescribing physicians as necessary to clarify orders.