Degrees and Certifications:
Joanna Psaros BSN, RN
My name is Joanna Psaros and I am the school nurse at Founders Memorial School.
The Health Office is staffed daily during regular school hours. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions or concerns.
Made by one of our EWSD Nurses! A guide to assist parents in determining when:
- to keep your student home
- to contact a medical provider
- your student can return to school
A GUIDE from the Vermont Department of Health on when you student may be able to return to school after an illness: COVID 19 Information For Families: When Can Your Student Return To School After An Illness?
Please help spread the word about our new video, "How Contact Tracing Slows the Spread of COVID-19," with schools, parents, families and students. The brief video (1 minute, 42 seconds) is to help educate people about how contact tracing works, why it’s an important tool to slow the spread of COVID-19, and to encourage people to answer the call if they are called by a contact tracer. The video can be helpful for people of all ages; it uses a friendly, animated style, and easy-to-understand language and visuals.
As always, please contact your school nurse with any questions!
What happens when my child is sick?
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to many other illnesses. Symptoms such as cough, runny nose, and upset stomach can be caused by many different germs or health conditions, and are common among school-aged children. This factsheet can help you prepare in case your child gets sick and is sent home or stays home from school.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Your student will be asked to stay home or be sent home if they have any of the following symptoms:
- fever (100.4 or higher)
- shortness of breath
- muscle pain or body aches
- sore throat
- loss of taste or smell
- congestion or runny nose
- nausea, vomitting, or diarrhea (diarrhea is defined as frequent loose or watery stools compared to your child's normal pattern)
What happens after my child is home sick?
Students and staff should not attend school in person until they are no longer considered contagious. A group of pediatric and infectious disease specialists in Vermont worked with the Health Department to create "COVID-19 in Pediatric Patients (PreK-Grade12) Triage, Evaluation, Testing and Return to School" to help your child's health care provider and school nurse determine what to do next when your child is sick depending on your child's health history and symptoms. Please make sure that you have signed a consent for your school nurse to talk with your health care professional as their partnership will be essential in decision making about your child's return.
- In some cases, if your child has mild symptoms that resolve quickly, they may return to school. Please discuss with your student's school nurse.
- Speak with your child's health care provider to decide if they need to be seen.
- Based on this, your child may need to receive a COVID-19 test.
- If tested, the results will determine when your child can return to school. Students may not return to in-person school while waiting for COVID-19 test results.
- Parents/caregivers may receive a communication tool from their child's school or pediatric health care professional to make sure everyone is talking together about what is best for your child.
What to expect if your student is sick: https://www.healthvermont.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/When-can-they-go-back-to-school.pdf
COVID-19 and Our Schools
Your EWSD nurses are here to support the health and wellness of our entire school community. We are all aware of the prolonged flu season and the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The District continues to follow preventative and response guidelines offered by the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) and Vermont Agency of Education (AOE).
Your building nurse is available for any questions or concerns you may have regarding any illness or symptoms.
For District updates related to COVID-19, and helpful tips on staying healthy, please visit our EWSD page on the novel coronavirus. (Opens in a new window.)
Founders Memorial School Health Office Policies
Dear Parent(s): All new entering students must have appropriate immunizations and they must be on file in the Health Office before school starts.
All students taking an antibiotic for a contagious condition must have been on medications a full 24 hours before returning to school e.g. (strep throat, pink eye, etc.)
Also please inform the school nurse of any contagious diagnosis for health maintenance of the classroom.
If your child is ill and we call you to pick them up from school, it is expected that you will come within a reasonable length of time which is 30-45 minutes. If you cannot leave work, arrangements must be made to have someone else come for them.
Please list an emergency contact person. If we cannot reach you at your work place, we will call the emergency contact to have your child picked up.
Medications (including non-prescription) for students must be brought into the school by the parent, guardian or an adult.
Prescription medications will not be dispensed, unless we have a doctor’s order on file detailing the name of the medication, dosage required and time to be given. The prescription bottle must also be labeled in the same way. The parent or guardian must cosign the order. Forms can be obtained from the nurse. New prescription medication orders are needed yearly at the start of the school year.