Health Department

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administration office at 10777 Main Street in Fairfax is open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Clinic services are not offered at this location. COVID-19 call center hours are Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm.

703-246-2411
TTY 711

10777 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H.,
Director of Health

School Health Services Program

The latest: What parents need to know about the 2022-23 school year

1Roll-out of enhanced systems for at-school medication management

This school year, the Fairfax County Health Department is changing medication protocols to help ensure the safety of medication administration management in Fairfax County Public Schools. These changes include:

  • Any time you drop off or pick up a medication in the health room, a Medication Delivery/Pick Up Form will be completed and signed by both the parent/guardian and the School Health Aide or school staff member. This form will document that all required authorizations are complete, and the number of pills or amount of medication accepted/returned. A copy of the form will be given to the parent/guardian and school administrator.
  • Medications received will be verified to ensure the description of the medication on the container/packaging matches the medication in the container.
  • All medications must be in the original pharmacy container. Over the counter (OTC) medications must be in an unopened original container. It will no longer be acceptable for parents/guardians to bring in refills from home and place them into the container currently in the health room.
  • Only a 30-day supply of medications should be brought to school. No more than 100 tablets or pills of OTC medication should be brought to school.
  • All requirements outlined in FCPS Regulation 2102, First Aid, Emergency Treatment and Administration of Medication for Students, continue to apply.  

1Stay Up-to-Date on Required School Immunizations

Documentation of immunization is required for children entering kindergarten, 7th grade, 12th grade, and for new students transferring into schools in Fairfax County. Learn more about required school immunizations.

 

1Tips for a Healthy Start to the School Year

 

  • Get your ZZZs: Ensure your children have a healthy sleep schedule. Kids ages 6-12 need 9-12 hours nightly, teens ages 13-18 need 8-10 hours. Learn more.
  • Eat a healthy diet: Plan for a healthy school lunch. Get the MyPlate guide to school lunch. Download healthy lunch recipes that are low in fat, sugar and sodium, but high on whole grains, dark green and orange veggies, and beans. School lunch menus: FCPS, FCCPS
  • Wash your hands: Model good handwashing behaviors at home. For best results, wet, lather, scrub for 20 seconds, rinse, then dry. Learn more.
  • Get outside and play: Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Decrease screen time and get outside. Learn more.
  • Follow this useful checklist for newly enrolled students from the Virginia Department of Health.

 

About the School Health Program

The School Health Services Program is an extension of the Fairfax County Health Department. School Health Services staff and other Health Department employees work together to:

  • Monitor communicable diseases, such as the flu and norovirus, and COVID-19.
  • Ensure access to health services, such as immunizations.
  • Support community initiatives that go beyond school walls to promote a healthy community for all.

School Health Aides (SHAs) and Public Health Nurses (PHNs) are Fairfax County Health Department employees who work with Fairfax County Public Schools staff. Together, they promote a safe and healthy educational environment by providing health support services in the school setting.

Everyone has a role to play in student health:

Required School Immunizations

Immunizations required for entry into Fairfax County Public Schools are available free from the Health Department.

School Entrance Health Form

Parents and guardians enrolling their child in public schools can download the Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Health Form MCH 213G and MCH 213G instructions.

School Health Promotion Toolkit

Help raise student, staff and family awareness about making healthy choices.

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