School Nurse:  Mrs. Johns, BS, RN
Email:  [email protected]
Phone: 703-494-9153

It is the policy of Prince William County Schools and Lake Ridge Elementary School that parents/guardians are responsible for picking up their child in a timely manner when they are notified by the school that their child has complained of illness or injury while at school. Our school staff serves as the link between parents/guardians and children.

When a child complains of illness, it is the responsibility of the school staff to note and communicate obvious symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, fever, etc. to parents/guardians. It is not the responsibility of the school staff to determine whether or not a child is actually ill. We are not able to diagnose specific illnesses, and we are not equipped to care for an ill or injured student for an indefinite amount of time.’s illness or injury at school.

If the parent/guardian is unable to come to the school when notified, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to make arrangements for another responsible person or someone who is listed on the child’s Emergency Information Card to act on their behalf and pick the child up at school. The fact that a parent works does not excuse him/her from that responsibility.

Please call the school when phone numbers or emergency contact people change.

Responsibility of Parents/Guardians

It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to pick-up their child within forty minutes of notification that their child is ill.

Please keep your child home if any of the following apply:

  • Exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Fever of 100.0 F or greater.. exclude student until student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours.
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, ringworms, 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.
  • Rash of unknown origin (especially if accompanied by a fever
  • Head injury
  • Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.
  • Colds-a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.
  • Diarrhea or vomiting-exclude student until student has been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
  • Stiff neck associated with a fever and/or a recent injury.
  • Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in school.

COVID-19 Information and Resources for Parents


PWCS Daily Health Screening


  PWCS Health Protocols 2020-21

  Free testing


 VDH Algorithm for evaluating a child with COVID-19 symptoms or exposure


Covid19 and You interactive and personalized tool

When is it safe to end isolation/quarantine?

 COVID-19 International Travelers Information