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Clinic Info and Resources

Mrs. Chandra Burnside, MSN, RN, CNL, IBCLC
School Nurse
703-528-6781 ext 228
All health files for students at St. Thomas More Cathedral School are handled in Magnus Health, our electronic health record system. Most of our health files are paperless for the 2021-2022 school year. Magnus can be accessed at the top right icon bar on our website. 
All new enrollees, all rising Kindergarteners, and all preschoolers (even returning preschoolers) must have a health care provider complete the Commonwealth School Entrance Health Form. 

Students who require medications during the school day (either regularly or from time to time) will need to have additional paperwork completed by their healthcare provider. Some common conditions and their required paperwork are outlined below. As a courtesy the forms are attached on the right menu, however submission is only accepted via upload to Magnus (forms are also available to download and print from your Magnus account). Any questions should be directed to our school nurse at
Asthma: students will require an Inhaler Authorization Form and an Allergy Action Plan. 
Attention disorders: students will require a completed Medication Authorization Form for any medications to be taken during the school day for management of attention issues. Because these drugs are often controlled substances, we strongly prefer families partner with their care providers to arrange doses outside of the school day.

Diabetes: students will require a Diabetes Melitus Management Plan, a Medication Authorization Form for insulin, a Medication Authorization Form for Baqsami/glucagon, and a Diabetes Quick Reference Guide.

Epilepsy/seizure disorder: students will require a completed Seizure Action Plan, as well as a Medication Authorization Form for any maintenance or emergency medications supplied for school day use.

Food Allergies: students will require a Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Plan, as well as specific authorization forms for injectable epinephrine, and any antihistamines that are a part of the plan. 

Other chronic illnesses: it is our hope that medications will be administered at home to the greatest extent possible. Please reach out to the clinic if your child will require medications at school for other diagnoses. These medications will also require a Medication Authorization Form signed by a healthcare provider.
The Magnus daily health assessment must be completed by 7:15 am Monday-Friday. Individuals who do not have a completed health assessment submitted will not be allowed to leave their cars during arrival.

Please review the questions below. If the answer to any of these questions is YES, please do not come to school. You must consult the school nurse and your healthcare provider for further guidance.

1. Does this person have a temperature of 99.5 degrees F or higher or the sense of having a fever?
2. Does this person have a NEW loss of sense of taste or smell?3. Does this person have a NEW uncontrollable cough, especially accompanied with shortness of breath, that cannot be attributed to another condition (or a worsening from their norm if this person is asthmatic)?4. Has this person vomited or had an episode of diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
5. Does this person have a NEW sore throat that can not be attributed to another condition?
6. Does this person have a NEW severe headache that cannot be attributed to another condition?
7. Has this person tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 in the last ten days?
8. Has this person spent more than 15 minutes within six feet of contact (with or without a face covering) of someone found to be COVID-19 positive within the last 14 days?
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information and resources:


The Coronavirus explained, an animated video for children:


Information about talking to Children from National Association of School Psychologists:


General principles for talking to children about Coronavirus:


Virginia Department of Health:




I was notified by the Health Dept that I was in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do now?
Close contacts of someone with COVID-19 should quarantine (stay home) and monitor their health for 14 days, starting from the most recent day they were possibly exposed to COVID-19. It is recommended that all close contacts also be tested, if testing is available, to quickly identify if they are contagious. If tested and the result is positive, the person is considered to have COVID-19 and should isolate (stay home) and avoid unnecessary contact with anyone else. If tested and the result is negative, the close contacts will still need to complete the full original 14 day quarantine.

If I am a close contact of a person with COVID-19 and get tested after my exposure, can I return immediately to work or school if my test is negative?
No. If you are a close contact of a person with COVID-19, even if you have a negative test after your exposure, you should self-quarantine (stay home) and monitor for symptoms until 14 days after the date of last close contact with the person infected with COVID-19. It is possible that you were very early in your infection when your sample was collected and that you could test positive later.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
Isolation is the separation of people with COVID-19 from others. Quarantine is the separation of people who were in close contact with a person with COVID-19 from others.

Is it possible to have the flu and COVID-19 at the same time?
Yes. It is possible to test positive for the flu (as well as other respiratory infections) and COVID-19 at the same time.