Nurse Mary Helen CrowderNurse Mary is here to provide basic first aid and emergency medical care, screen students for illness, administer medication, maintain clinic records, perform routine health screenings, and educate parents and students about health maintenance. If she can be of help to you or your children, please do not hesitate to call. See below for some health-related reminders.

Absences Due to Illness

If your child will be absent from school due to an illness, please report his/her absence by calling the SAES front office at (804) 749-4222.

Returning to School After an Illness

In order to be present at school, a student should be free of fever, vomit, and diarrhea for a minimum of 24 consecutive hours without medication.


Hanover County’s medication policy prohibits any student/child to transfer any type of medication, prescription or over-the-counter. A parent or guardian must personally take all medication, properly labeled and in the original container, to the clinic. The parent/guardian must complete a “Permission to Dispense Form.” If your child must take any medication at school for 10 days or more, we require a doctor’s written order.


We distribute allergy alert letters at the beginning of the school year to those in classrooms in which there is a child with severe allergies. These letters provide guidelines for foods that must be avoided as snack items throughout the year in order to protect our students. If you receive an allergy letter, please read it carefully, and keep it for reference throughout the year.

Wellness Policy

During the summer of 2015, Hanover County’s school board revised the wellness policy (School Board Policy 6-3.19) to state that students may not bring food into the school building to share with other students. If you wish to recognize your child’s birthday or another special occasion, please do not send edible treats for the class.

This policy also requires that we provide all parents with advance notification of any instructional activities or classroom parties that may involve food. For this reason, you will receive advance notice of these events, including a specific menu. This notification will also give you the opportunity to provide permission for your child to participate or offer information regarding any accommodations he/she may need.


Please access and print forms on the division Health Services page.

The following forms may be picked up from the clinic or requested from Mrs. Mary Helen Crowder.

  • Memorandum of Understanding for Private Duty Nurse
  • Release of Medical Information
  • Medically Fragile Health Services Plan
  • Medical Procedure Order Form
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