School Health Program

Pulaski County Public Schools recognizes that a student's health is directly related to his or her ability to learn. In order to keep our children healthy, safe and ready to learn, every student has access all day, every day to a school nurse. Our school nurses work closely with students, parents, staff and community resources to help keep students healthy and in the classroom, where learning takes place, and to meet their individual healthcare needs. Our nurses serve as the link between health care and education by addressing the physical, mental, emotional, and social health needs of students to support their educational success.

School nurses are health educators by their education and experience. Health teaching by school nurses can be accomplished in various settings such as individual encounters with students in the health clinic, contact with families, and in classrooms.

Our School Nurses

Mary L. Hall, BSN RN
Supervisor of School Health Services
Phone: 540-643-0531

Dawn Lawrence, RN
School Nurse at Dublin Elementary School
Clinic Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 540-643-0713
Fax: 540 643-0733

Vickie Phillips, RN
School Nurse at Pulaski Elementary School
Clinic Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 540 643-0933
Fax: 540 643-0901

Mysti Adams, RN
School Nurse at Riverlawn Elementary School
Clinic Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 540 643-0306
Fax: 540 643-0133

School Nurse at Critzer Elementary School
Clinic Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 540 643-0567
Fax: 540 643-0501

Kim Johnston, RN
School Nurse at Snowville Elementary School
Clinic Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 540 643-0416
Fax: 540 643-0193

Darcy Simmons, RN
School Nurse at Pulaski County Middle School
Clinic Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 540 643-0832
Fax: 540 643-0805

Ann Paulson, RN
School Nurse at Pulaski County High School
Clinic Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Phone: 540 643-0364
Fax: 540 643-0121

Amber Lockhart, RN
School Nurse at Pulaski County High School
Clinic Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Phone: 540 643-0255
Fax: 540 643-0121

Jane Farmer, LPN
Shannon O'Dell, RN
Rotating School Nurse Substitute

Health Screening

At the beginning of each school year our school nurses conduct health screening. The State Code of Virginia mandates some of these screenings and the others are recommended by the Virginia School Health Guidelines. Students in Kindergarten, 3rd, 7th, and 10th grade will be screened.


Benefits of School Vision Screening

Vision impairments in children are common and uncorrected vision problems can impair child development, lead to behavior problems in the classroom, interfere with early literacy and learning, and lead to permanent vision loss. Early detection and treatment are critical. Additionally, visual functioning is a strong predictor of academic performance in school-age children, and vision disorders of childhood may continue to affect health and well-being throughout adulthood.

  • Our local Lions Club assists our school nurses with vision screening.

  • Your child will bring home an opt out form for vision screening. Opt out forms only need to be returned if you choose not to let your child participate in the vision screening. If your child does not pass his/her vision screening a referral letter will be sent to the address provided upon enrollment. If you receive a letter please schedule a follow up appointment for a complete eye exam with a vision health care provider.

  • If you need financial assistance to obtain glasses for your child the Lions Club may be able to assist you. Please contact your school nurse for information about the Lions Club assistance program.

  • Health Screening Opt Out Form


  • If your child is in need of a dental home the Community Health Clinic of the New River Valley offers low to no cost dental care, and accepts all insurance. They provide a full service dental clinic.

  • Radford/Pulaski Center is located at 5826 Ruebush Road, Dublin, VA 24084. Phone number is 540-585-1310.

  • PCPS in collaboration with the Community Health Center of the New River Valley (CHCNRV) will travel to each of our schools to provide preventive dental services such as exams, cleaning, x-rays, fluoride, and sealants. If parents/guardians are interested in this program, they need to contact CHCNRV to sign their child up. Phone (540) 824-2194,

  • Medical/Dental Flyer

Height and Weight

  • Physical Education teachers will do all height and weight screening for students in Kindergarten, 3rd, 7th, and 10th grades.

Scoliosis Screening

  • The Code of Virginia mandates that each school board provide educational information or implement a program of regular screening for scoliosis for students in grades five through ten. (HB # 1834)

  • Pulaski County Public Schools will provide Scoliosis Information to all parents of students in grades 5-10.

  • Scoliosis Information

Eating Disorders within the School Setting

  • § 22.1-273.2. Parent educational information regarding eating disorders. Each school board shall annually provide parent educational information regarding eating disorders for pupils in grades five through 12. Such information shall be consistent with the guidelines set forth by the Department of Education.

  • Eating Disorders Parent Information can be found at the VDOE's School Health Guidance & Resources Page.

Medication Administration

  • Medications including prescription, over-the-counter, essential oils/supplements should be given to the student at home whenever possible. The first dose of any new medication must be given at home.

  • If medication is to be given at school the parent/guardian must follow the Guidelines for Medication Administration, Board Policy JHCD-RI.

  • The Authorization for Medications form must be completed in full for each medication to be given at school. This form must be signed by the health care provider and parent. Board Policy JHCD-EI

  • Medication Authorization Form

  • A new Authorization form must be provided each school year and anytime there is a change in the medication, dose, or time.

  • All medication brought to school, prescription and over-the-counter MUST be brought to school by a parent/guardian or other adult. A student must never bring medicine of any kind to school.

  • Prescription medications brought to school by the parent/guardian must be in the original pharmacy container labeled with the name, dosage, and prescription information.

  • Over-the-counter medications brought to school by the parent/guardian should be in the original UNOPENED container.

  • Parents/Guardians are responsible for picking up unused medication. Medication will be destroyed if not picked up by parent/guardian within 2 weeks after completion of physician's orders and/or the end of the school year.

  • Students are not allowed to self-administer any medication with the exception of emergency medications.

  • Students with emergency medications, such as inhalers, EpiPen's, or insulin, may carry and self-administer these medications only if written permission of a licensed healthcare prescriber and the parent is on file with the school nurse. Parents of students needing such emergency medications are advised to contact the school nurse so a care plan can be developed.

  • If your child's medical care provider allows them to carry their emergency medications with them PLEASE make sure they have it with them at all times.

  • Cough drops cannot be given at school without a health care provider and parent signature. Cough drops are a choking hazard.

  • Sunscreen may be sent to school for your child's use only. It must be labeled with your child' s name and cannot be shared with any other students.

  • Chap stick/lip balm may be sent to school for your child's use only. It cannot be shared with other students.

School Health Admission Requirements

Virginia State Code, § 22.1-270 requires:

  • All students admitted for the first time to any public kindergarten or elementary school to provide prior to admission, either a report of a comprehensive physical examination from a qualified licensed physician, or a licensed nurse practitioner or licensed physician assistant acting under the supervision of a licensed physician. The examination must be of the scope prescribed by the State Health Commissioner and must have been performed within 12 months before the date the student first enters the public school. In the alternative, students may provide records showing that they furnished such a report upon admission to another school or school division and provide the information that was contained in that report

  • While the report of the comprehensive physical examination must contain the elements prescribed by the State Health Commissioner, state law does not require it to be on the School Entrance Health Form, MCH 213G, in order to be accepted by the local school board. Therefore, school divisions cannot deny enrollment to a student who provides the necessary report on a different form as long as that form is attached to a MCH 213G form.

  • School Entrance Physical Exam Form and Instructions can be found at Enrollment in Virginia Public Schools

  • Students will not be allowed to start school until we have written proof of a physical exam.

  • School and Day Care immunization requirements are available from the Virginia Department Health

  • Any student who does not have mandated immunizations will not be allowed to start school until immunizations are complete or the student has at least one dose of the required immunizations and has a scheduled appointment to complete the required immunizations, or have been granted either a religious or medical exemption.

  • The Code of Virginia allows a child an exemption from receiving immunizations required for school attendance if it conflicts with the student's religious practices. Forms can be found on here.

Health Information Form

  • The Code of Virginia requires that parents/guardians complete a health information form for their student. A form must be completed at the beginning of each school year about your child's present health concerns.

  • Students cannot participate in any field trips, sports and/or extracurricular activities until we have a completed health information form on file in the school nurse clinic. Parents/guardians can go to CareDox and complete the form.

  • Health Information Form 2022/2023 (Formulario de Información de Salud)

  • This form must be completed, signed and a copy in the nurse's clinic before your student can participate in field trips, athletic events, and other extracurricular activities.

Medical Care Plans

  • The following forms are available for download. Please work with your child's health care provider to complete this plan and return to your child's school nurse.

  • If your child has emergency medications prescribed such as inhalers/EpiPens/diabetic supplies PLEASE make sure that you provide these to the nurse the first day of school (or prior to), and if your child's medical care provider allows them to carry their emergency medication with them PLEASE make sure they have it with them on a daily basis.


  • Is designed to assist parents to monitor and update your child's health information.

  • All health information is stored securely and is HIPAA and FERPA compliant.

  • Parents can fill out your child's health profile once and update any changes each year, ensuring it is always up-to-date.

  • Summer SchoolCare Parent Letter

Guidelines for Keeping a Sick Child at Home

  • PCPS Health & Safety Guidelines

  • Please remember if your child is sick to call their school office staff to let them know.

  • If your child has an appointment/visit with their health care provider, have them fax a note to your child's school.

Wellness Policy

  • School Board Policy IGAL

  • Parents/guardians are not allowed to bring any "fast food" meals to students during breakfast and/or lunch.

  • Parents/guardians are encouraged to consider the nutritional content of food and beverages donated for class parties to help reinforce the importance of healthy choices.

  • Snacks Appropriate for School

Influenza (FLU) Vaccine Clinics

Head Lice

  • Pulaski County Public Schools support managing cases of head lice using evidence based scientific and best medical practice.

  • Our school nurses may exclude students from class based on their assessment and professional judgment. Parents/guardians will be notified to come get their child and treat them. Students will be checked by the school nurse when they return to school and if head lice are still present the student ill be sent back home. Any additional days missed will be counted unexcused without a health care provider's excuse.

  • School and classroom screening will not be done because research studies have not been shown to have significant effect on reducing head lice in schools.

  • All school staff must maintain the privacy and confidentiality of students identified as having head lice.

  • To help maintain the privacy and confidentiality of students our school nurses do not send letters home to all parents when a student is identified with head lice.

Mental Health Resources