Clinic / School Nurse

If your child is sick with any illness and has vomiting, diarrhea or a fever greater than 100.4, the child must be free of any of these symptoms for 24 hours, without the use of medications, before they can return to school.


Ms. Rosemary James, RN
     [email protected] 


 Prince William County Public Schools is pleased to introduce another layer of support for families. The "Family Support" phone line and email address will allow any parent/guardian to ask general questions about the COVID-19 protocols in PWCS.

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PHONE: 703-791-7845

All emails and phone messages will be responded to on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30pm. This number and/or email should not be used for emergency situations. We are here to support you and your student!


7th grade student immunizations due  8/15/24

All 7th graders must provide, to the school, proof of a Tdap, Meningococcal and HPV vaccines prior to August 15, 2024.

NOTE:  the parent or guardian may elect for the child not to receive the HPV vaccine.

Students will not be able to start school on August 19, 2024, without proof of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine.

If your student has already received these vaccines, please provide proof to your student’s school nurse. Parents/guardians can view information about student immunization compliance in ParentVUE .

For specific questions about immunization non-compliance or for assistance in setting up ParentVue account, please contact your student’s school.

More information on required immunizations can be found on the PWCS immunization requirements webpage:   For more information, click here. 




Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, or Tdap)

A booster dose of the Tdap vaccine is required for all children entering grade 7. 

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine

A complete series of two doses of HPV vaccine is required for students entering grade 7. The first dose shall be administered before the child enters the grade 7. After reviewing educational materials approved by the Board of Health, the parent or guardian, at the parent's or guardian's sole discretion, may elect for the child not to receive the HPV vaccine.

Meningococcal Conjugate (MenACWY) Vaccine

A minimum of two doses of MenACWY vaccine. The first dose should be administered prior to entering grade 7. The final dose should be administered prior to entering grade 12.



Inova Cares Clinics provide children ages 5+ with SCHOOL PHYSICALS and IMMUNIZATIONS to begin the 2024-25 school year.

APPOINTMENTS can be made at one of the following locations:

Herndon, Manassas, Sterling, and Alexandria

**Appointments ARE REQUIRED, walk-ins are not permitted. 

For more information and clinic dates, use the link below:




Click on the yellow box above for information from the Virginia Department of Health about "Virginia's Health Is In Our Hands" initiative.  Learn to distinguish which symptoms are related to the Flu and which may indicate Respiratory Synctial Virus (RSV)...and so much more!


If you know your child has a medical condition that will require assistance while at school, please let me know. These might include diabetes, asthma, severe allergies, or seizures. You will be asked to have a health treatment plan completed by your doctor, which will provide us a plan of action to follow that will be consistent with what you and your doctor are already doing for your child. If your child will require medications while at school, PWCS requires the proper forms be completed. All medication must be provided and transported by the parent or an adult.

Health treatment plans must be updated annually. New plans are available online as well as in the clinic. If you have any questions feel free to email me or to call and I will be happy to help you.



Early diagnosis of eye disease is crucial to the effective treatment and development of a child. A doctor will check the child's vision at birth and again during the first year. With the doctor's recommendation, the next exam should be done at 3 years old, then between the ages of 4 and 5, before entering kindergarten.  

If at any time, you or the doctor feels there might be a problem, you can make an appointment with a pediatric ophthalmologist. 
In the first year of life the pediatric ophthalmologist, pediatrician, or family doctor will check for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, amblyopia, eye movement ability, proper eye alignment, how the eye reacts to changes in light and darkness, and any general eye problems.  
If you would like for me at any time, to do a screening on your child I will be happy to do that. In school screenings are very helpful but do not substitute for a full exam. Please call the school at 703-580-6501 or email me at  [email protected] 
All necessary medical forms can be found on the PWCS Health Services webpage. If your student needs to take medicine at school, the form is there; if your student needs an Allergy Action Plan the form is there, to carry an inhaler at school, you can find the form. there.

As we are entering the cold and flu season, this is a reminder of the best health practices to decrease the spread and transmission of viruses in PWCS schools.
  • Please remember to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw used tissues in the trash.  
  • If you don't have a tissue, cough, or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, dry hands with a paper towel, and use the paper towel to turn off the faucet.
  • If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizers may also be used to preform hand hygiene.
  • Remember to stay home when you’re sick until at least 24 hours without a fever or the use of fever reducing medicine.

Together we can help stop the spread of germs that may make you and others ill.


At Porter we aim to foster good health and fitness lifestyles. We encourage our children to add activity to the normal day by offering a chance for them to exercise before lunch, and to make the most of milers club and recess times.
Food services has revamped their menus in the past few years to offer more choices of fruits and vegetables. Now, we look to you to help us.
Children love to celebrate their birthdays at school and we want them to have their special day, too. But instead of sending high calorie treats, we encourage you to send something nutritious or to arrange a time with the teacher and bring a book to school to read to the class. How about asking the teacher if there is a special "something" you could donate to the class in his/her name?
We have a list of nutritious snacks available for you to choose from as well as some items you could purchase in place of food that would be fun, too. Be a role model for good habits.