Tyler Elementary School Nurse 2020-21

Hello, my name is Beth Smith and this is my seventh year at Tyler Elementary. I have two kids who attend school in PWCS.   I love being a part of the Tyler community and look forward to getting to know your kids.  Please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions or concerns about your child's health. 

The PWCS school nurse program is designed to promote child and adolescent health and reduce health-related risk behaviors. The program is comprised of school nurses, a school health services coordinator, and a medical consultant. The role of the school nurse is to support student learning which is accomplished by implementing strategies that promote student and staff health. The school nurse provides health services, health education, staff wellness, promotes physical education and activity, and promotes community involvement. The school nurse also identifies health and safety concerns in the school environment and works collaboratively with staff, students and families in addressing these concerns.

COVID-19 Information:

During this Covid-19 outbreak  in our county, state, country and the world, it is easy to be misinformed.  If you are interested in Covid-19 information please use a reputable site to answer your concerns and/or update yourself.  Here are some links that you might find helpful:

Student Health Services Home Page  
Daily Home Screen Questionnaire
PWCS Health Protocols  
Virginia Department of Health
Center for Disease Control
COVID Testing Site 
National Institute for Health
World Health Organization 

Please be aware that up-to-date immunizations are required for both virtual and on-site students.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  

Please use the links at the bottom of this page to download any medical forms that you may need for the 2020-2021  school year. Please note there is an option to have your physician fill out the Asthma Action Plan online. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.


Illness or Injury Exclusion Criteria R757-1:

Reasons for which a child may be sent home from school or for a parent to keep the child home from school.

1. Fever of 100.4 degrees (F) and over - exclude until student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.

2. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, ringworm, and impetigo are all infections and must be treated with medications for 24 hours before returning to school. Please do not allow affected students back before this time so that other students are not infected unnecessarily.

3. Rash of unknown origin (especially if accompanied by a fever).

4. Head injury.

5. Fever coughing or difficulty breathing.

6. Colds - a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.

7. Diarrhea or vomiting-exclude until child has been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.

8. Stiff neck associated with a fever and/or recent injury.

9. Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in school.

10. Refer to the VDOH "Communicable Disease Reference Chart for School Personnel" for other exclusions/information

Immunization syringe

Tdap Booster Required for Rising 7th Grade Students

In 2006, the Virginia Assembly passed a law requiring all seventh-grade students to have a Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) booster shot within the past five years in order to enroll in school this September. Some physicians will not give this shot to your child until age 11. Without proof of this immunization or physician documentation of why your child can not get the shot, your child will not be able to enroll in school.

Please review your child's shot record. If the last shot was administered more than five years from the beginning of the upcoming school year, please have this immunization done now if your child is 11. If waiting until summer, please be aware that many doctor offices maybe full and you might not be able to get an appointment in time.

Shots may be obtained from your doctor, military clinics, or health department. The Tdap booster requirement was initiated at the recommendation of the Virginia Department of Health and other medical experts to give adolescents added protection against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (better known as Whooping Cough). These potentially serious ailments are largely preventable with proper vaccination.Therefore it is imperative to protect your child and ensure that he/she meets all school immunization requirements by arranging for the Tdap booster as soon as possible.

You can send in the documentation to the school nurse now.

If you have not already done so,  you will need to provide TDaP documentation to your child's middle school.

Please call the local health department, your doctor's office or school nurse if you have any questions.