Margaret Bitler, RN

Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School Nurse

p: (757) 221-0949 (Option 1)
f: (757) 565-9379

It is the goal of the school health clinic to support student success by providing health care through assessment, intervention, and follow-up for all children within the school setting. The school nurse addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social health needs of students and supports their achievement in the learning process. The school nurse not only provides for the safety and care of students and staff but also addresses the need for integrating health solutions into the education setting.  As the school nurse, I provide first aid, medication administration, and monitor the health of the students, in addition to health education.  Under the orders of a physician I am also able to provide additional specialized care and treatments as necessary.

If your child has any health concerns or conditions, please feel free to contact me to set up an appointment by phone.  To promote the health needs of students please provide any daily medications or emergency medications that may need to be administered during the school day.  Furthermore, Individualized Health Care Plans can be developed to support the health care needs of individual students to support attendance and learning.

Clinic hours are from 8:45 am to 4:00 pm, and all parents and students are welcome to visit the clinic, located in the main office.

All medical information remains confidential unless the information causes harm to your child or to others.

Is my child well enough to go to school?

Many parents are concerned about when to keep children who have been ill home.

The following is intended to help parents with this decision:

Your child should stay home if he/she:

  • has a fever of 100o or more (should remain at home for 24 hours after fever is gone)
  • has vomited or has diarrhea (should remain at home for 24 hours after vomiting and/or diarrhea has stopped)
  • has a persistent cough
  • has any rash
  • has open or draining skin sores
  • has inflamed or draining eyes or ears

If your child is well enough to attend school, but must have medication during the day, all school clinics are staffed with registered Public School Nurses.  If you are not familiar with the Williamsburg-James City County School medication policy, please contact the nurse at your child’s school.

Please do not ask that your child be excused from movement class after an illness unless the request is accompanied by a physician’s note.

If a modification in activity is needed for a short time, contact the movement or classroom teacher.

Working together we can help prevent the spread of disease and limit the days of school missed due to illness.