Colgan Clinic with Nurse Johnson and Mrs. Sorensen

Clinic number 571-374-6173

Nurse Johnson

Nurse Johnson

johnsopr@pwcs.edu 

Hello! I am very proud to be the School Nurse at Colgan High School since it opened in 2016. I have been a nurse for 23 years. We are a retired military family and I have had the pleasure of living in many places. I joined PWCS in 2007. Before becoming a school nurse, I worked in Neuro ICU, Trauma ICU and Hospice Care.  I am currently the lead medication instructor for unlicensed staff in PWCS, simulation Lab instructor for PWCS, a volunteer for the Virginia Medical Corp.   I am a member of the NASN (National Association of School Nurses) VASN (Virginia Association of School Nures.) I am looking forward to promoting the health and well being of all Colgan Students and Staff!

Mrs. Sorensen Clinic Assistant

Mrs. Sorensen

Mrs. Sorensen is the Clinic Assistant at Colgan High School. She was born and raised in Australia (thus the funny looks she gets from time to time, when she says a word or phrase most Americans cannot understand - due to that slightly funny accent she has!). She has a Degree in Commercial Art and still works as a Free Lance Artist specializing in Wildlife Art.  She also has a love for learning and the Sciences and enjoys working with the Nurse here at Colgan. Certified in First Aide, CPR, AED, Medication Administration and Diabetes Management. She is part of the Allergy Response Team and Adrenal Insufficiency back up team. She has worked for Roche Diagnostics troubleshooting Diabetic Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems and provided assistance at the clinic at Forest Park High School (amongst other things), prior to coming to Colgan.



PWCS Coronavirus Updates

Stop The Spread of Germs

According to the Center for Disease Control you can help stop the spread of disease by doing the following:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. · See Everyday Preventive Actions [257 KB, 2 pages] and Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) for more information about actions, apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine, that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like influenza (flu).



Keep your child home when?   PWCS Reg  758-1

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 100ºF and over – exclude until student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours.
  2. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, ringworm, and impetigo are all infections and must be treated with medication for a minimum of 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. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.
  6. Colds – a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.
  7. Diarrhea or vomiting – exclude until student has been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
  8. Stiff neck associated with a fever and/or a recent injury.
  9. Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in school.

Here's the difference between COVID-19 symptoms & allergies

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PWCS cares deeply about students’ emotional well-being during their time away from school.  If a student is in need of emotional support during this time, please feel free to send an e-mail to studentsupportservices@pwcs.edu.  A school mental health or health professional will answer and offer virtual support to students to the best of their ability.  This e-mail is not to be used for emergency situations as it will not be monitored 24 hours a day.  If a student is ever in an emergency situation he/she is encouraged to call 911 or utilize one of the resources listed below:

 

Emergency Resources:

ACTS Helpline                                               703.368.4141

1.800.SUICIDE (24-hour hotline)               1.800.784.2433

Crisis Text Hotline (24-hour hotline)         741741   

PWC Child Protective Services Hotline     703.792.4200

PWC Community Services Board               703.792.7800