Health Department

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administration office is open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Clinic services are not offered at our 10777 Main Street location in Fairfax.

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

Fairfax County Health Department works in your child’s school as a blended Public Health Model.

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.
  • 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.

School Health Promotion Toolkit

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

Parents…

  • Play an important role in school health by providing documented health information about their children, which includes filling out a Health Information Form each year.
  • Notify school health room staff any time their child’s health needs changed to ensure the necessary in-school supports are provided.

Schools…

  • Set policy and guidelines for school health to follow federal, state and local mandates.
  • Promote healthy nutrition and fitness through the school curriculum.
  • Support health needs of the students by participating in training and education provided by the PHN.
  • Participate in education and training provided by PHNs.
  • Promote health and wellness in the school community.

School Health Aides…

  • Are trained paraprofessionals assigned to work in the Fairfax County Public Schools school health rooms during school hours.
  • Provide care of illness or injury that occur during school hours based on standard protocols and guidelines.
  • Help to ensure students take medications appropriately.
  • Coordinate mandated vision and hearing health screenings for students.
  • Respond to health emergencies.
  • Monitor student absence data.

Public Health Nurses…

  • Assess students by reviewing the information provided by parents.
  • Coordinates care and if indicated, develops individual care plans to support the student with a health condition during the educational day.
  • Train teachers, administrators and other school staff to support individual student health needs.
  • Develop and implement health promotion and disease prevention programs to educate the school community about public health concerns such as nutrition, fitness, chronic disease and emotional well-being.
  • Supervise, train and work closely with School Health Aides in multiple schools.
  • Investigate reports of communicable disease and increased absences in schools.

Required School Immunizations

Immunizations required for entry into Fairfax County Public Schools are available free at the Health Department's five clinics.

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.

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