CFHS CLINIC MISSION STATEMENT
The Colonial Forge Clinic's primary goal is to provide exceptional care and monitor the health and well-being of our student body and staff and to provide limited medical attention or referrals as necessary. The school nurse provides emergency medical attention to students and staff, examines and assesses the general health care needs of the students and staff, and administers appropriate medication and treatment as prescribed by the individual’s personal physician. Assessing the health care needs of students includes enforcement of immunization laws, screening with a parental request for scoliosis, screening for vision and hearing impairment, and screening for students in need of dental attention.
Clinic personnel monitors and treats medical conditions through physical examination and evaluation of vital signs. The clinic notifies a parent or guardian when a condition is encountered which may indicate the need for further medical attention. The school nurse provides counseling for chronic illness, mental health, nutritional issues, disease prevention, and healthy lifestyles. The nurse works with other school and county officials to identify and eliminate hazards to the health and safety of students and faculty.
Mrs. Filippa B. Unger RN, BSN is the School Nurse for Colonial Forge High School. Including her years as a Substitute School Nurse, Filippa has been with Stafford County Public Schools for 20 years and has over 35 years of experience as a Registered Nurse.
Ms. Justine Grueterich has 17 years of experience attending to the needs of patients at various health care settings. She also received her Associates Degree in Nursing. Please join us in welcoming Justine to the Colonial Forge Clinic and the Forge Family.
Mrs. Leslie Cardwell is the Clinic Administrative Assistant and is American Heart certified in CPR, AED, and First Aid. She is also an Assistant Coach for the Forge Track Team
- No Student shall be administered medications or medical treatments (including crutches, wheelchairs, etc.), during school hours except upon the written request from a licensed physician who has responsibility for the medical management of the Student. The parent or guardian must sign all such requests. Medications and requests for medical treatments must be delivered to school by a parent or guardian.
- No prescription or non-prescription medications of any kind may be self-administered while on school premises (including aspirin and other over the counter pain relievers and cold remedies).
- All medications must be kept in the school clinic in the custody of the school nurse.
- It is the responsibility of the Student to report to the clinic at the proper time to receive medication or treatment.
- Nurses do not accompany Students on field trips.
Responsibility of Parent or Guardian:
- Parents and guardians shall be encouraged to cooperate with the physician to develop a schedule so that the necessity for taking medication/treatments at school will be minimized or eliminated.
- Parents and guardians will assume full responsibility for the supplying of all medications (please ask the pharmacist to provide a separate container for the school).
- Parents or guardians should deliver any medications/treatments to be administered under this policy. All controlled medication (such as Ritalin & Dexedrine) will be counted and documented at the time of delivery by school personnel.
Responsibility of Physician:
- The Student's Physician must complete a request form for each prescribed medication/treatment, the form must be signed by the parent or guardian, and it must then be filed with the school nurse in the school clinic.
- Medication containers must be clearly labeled with the following information:
- Student's full name.
- Physician's name.
- Physician's telephone number.
- Name of medication.
- Dosage, schedule, and dose form.
- Date of expiration of prescription.
- The physician must indicate to the pharmacy the need to provide prescription refills for the school.
Responsibility of School Personnel:
- The school nurse/designee will assume responsibility for placing medication in a locked cabinet. Controlled medication will be counted and documented at the time of acceptance.
- The school nurse/designee will administer all medications/treatments as ordered by the physician and will document date/time.
- The parent/guardian must pick up discontinued or unused medications. If not claimed by the end of the school year, the school nurse will properly dispose of the medication.
Filippa B. Unger, RN, BSN - School Nurse
Justine Grueterich, LPN, Nurse Assistant
Leslie Cardwell - Clinic Admin Assistant