Our Lady of Hope Catholic School A National Blue Ribbon, K-8 school located in Potomac Falls, VA Messengers of Hope for the World!

Nurse’s Corner

Nurse’s Corner

Welcome Back students and their families we are excited for the new school year. We hope everyone is ready to have a happy and healthy year. In the event a student gets sick or injured Our Lady of Hope Catholic School has a full-staff Nurse Clinic. Mrs Duren is on duty Monday, Tuesday , and Thursday. Mrs James is on duty Wednesday and Fridays.


Mrs. Jennifer Duren, LPN

Email: nurse@ourladyofhope.net

Mrs. Carol James, Clinic Aid

Email: nurse@ourladyofhope.net

Absentee Line: 703-433-6762

Wellness Reminder from the Nurse

If your student is feeling unwell, please do not send them to school.  As we have now been dealing with COVID going on 3 years now our faculty is (and has been) well prepared to assist students who may need to stay home due to an illness of some kind.  No one wants the student to fall behind, least of all, their teachers.  Please notify their teachers if they will not be able to attend class due to illness. 

Parents/guardians have the primary responsibility for the health and well-being of their children.  School health services supplement, rather than substitute, for parental care and concern for the health of the students.  

Students with fevers and/or contagious or infectious diseases will be sent home promptly and will be excluded from school while in that condition, according to the Virginia Department of Health regulations. Once the student is confirmed to be free of communicable illness by a health care provider, or is fever free/symptom free for 24 hours without taking anti-fever medications, the student may return to school.


Please email your child’s teacher(s), School Office, and the Nurse Email if your child is:

  • Absent due to Illness
  • Absent NOT due to illness (this will decrease the chance that we send you a 3-day Doctor’s Note email!)
  • Tardy
  • Leaving Early for the Day (or for an appointment)

The Student Attendance & Absentee Protocol can be found here for your reference.

Coronavirus Symptoms Compared With Flu, Common Cold, and Allergies

COVID-19 Resources

Effective August 1, 2022, the Diocese will follow the guidelines set forth by the Virginia Department of Health.

All of the guidelines published by the Virginia Department of Health have been reviewed.  It has been determined that the guidelines published for K-12 school settings are the most appropriate for all of our diocesan entities.  As it pertains to COVID, the Diocese will follow the Virginia Department of Health’s “Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention for Students, Teachers and Staff in Child Care, K-12 Schools, and Day Camp Settings.”  These guidelines will apply to all diocesan entities, including parishes without a diocesan school as well as the Central Administrative Office and its satellite locations.  Current guidance may be found at the following link: 


Quarantine Information



Student Forms

VA School Entrance Health Form – New Students & 7th Graders

Health History Update – All Students (annually in August)

Vaccine Religious Exemption Form

Tuberculosis Clearance

Other Medications (pain relievers, prescription medications )

Medication Authorization

Refusal to provide medication and Liability Waiver


Inhaler Administration

Asthma Action Plan


Epinephrine Administration

Allergy Action & Treatment Authorization Form

Antihistamine Form