Mrs. Aurea Goodwin - School Nurse
My name is Aurea Goodwin. I was born and raised in Brasil - Rio de Janeiro. My primary language is Portuguese. I have a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University in Pennsylvania. My background is Rehabilitation, Home Health and School Nurse.
Being a nurse is my passion. I feel so blessed to serve the children and parents of Pennington Traditional School. The children are a joy and the staff has been very supportive.
Please feel free to stop by, to call me at school or to email me:
Have a wonderful School Year!!!!


During this Covid-19 outbreak  in our county, state, country and the world, it is easy to be misinformed.  If you are interested in Covid-19 information please use a reputable site to answer your concerns and/or update yourself.  Here are some links that you might find helpful:

Virginia Department of Health  
Center for Disease Control (CDC)  
National Institute of Health (NIH)  
World Health Organization (WHO)  


Change in Tdap Vaccination requirement for the 2019-2020 School Year
Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, or Tdap). A minimum of 4 doses. A child must have at least one dose of DTaP or DTP vaccine on or after the fourth birthday. DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus) vaccine is required for children who are medically exempt from the pertussis containing vaccine (DTaP or DTP). Adult Td is required for children 7 years of age and older who do not meet the minimum requirements for tetanus and diphtheria.



Services provided by school nurses include:
1. Promotion of healthy life styles.
2. Health care counseling or guidance to students, their family, and to staff.
3. Identify health concerns by observation and assessment of needs, and provide appropriate care.
4. Medication management
5. Immunization verification according to state guideline requirements.
6. Screenings: vision, hearing, scoliosis


Lyme Disease Awareness

Prevent Meningitis

Breakfast, It does a Body GOOD!

"Eat your breakfast". It's the most important meal of the day!" Why are parents always saying that?
Well, after a long night of sleeping, your fuel tank is empty.Breakfast is the fuel that gets you going so you can hit the road.
What Should You Eat?
Any breakfast is better than no breakfast, but try not to have doughnuts or pastries all the time. They're high in calories, sugar, and fat. They also don't contain the nutrients a kid really needs. If you have a doughnut for breakfast, you won't feel full for long.
Just like with other meals, try to eat a variety of foods, including:
  • fruit
  • vegetables
  • grains ( make at least half your grains whole grains)
  • protein (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dry beans, nuts, and seeds)
  • dairy products ( lowfat or fat-free milk, cheese, and yogurt)
Breakfast Ideas
First, the traditional ones:
  • eggs
  • French toast, waffles, or pancakes (try wheat or whole-grain varieties)
  • cold cereal and milk
  • hot cereal, such as oatmeal or cream of wheat (try some dried fruit or nuts on top)
  • whole-grain toast, bagel, or English muffin with cheese
  • yogurt with fruit or nuts
  • fruit smoothie, such as a strawberry smoothie
Skipping Breakfast
Weight! In fact, someone who skips breakfast tends to eat more calories throughout the day.Some kids skip breakfast because they sleep too late or because they think it's a way to stay thin. But skipping breakfast doesn't help people maintain a healthy
If you find yourself skipping breakfast because you're too rushed, try these quick breakfasts. They're easy to grab on the way out the door or can be prepared the night before:
  • single servings of whole-grain, low-sugar cereal
  • yogurt
  • fresh fruit
  • whole-grain muffin
  • trail mix of nuts, dried fruits, pretzels, crackers, and dry cereal
And now some weird (but yummy) ones:
  • banana dog (peanut butter, a banana, and raisins in a long whole-grain bun)
  • breakfast taco (shredded cheese on a tortilla, folded in half and microwaved; top with salsa)
  • country cottage cheese (apple butter mixed with cottage cheese)
  • fruit and cream cheese sandwich (use strawberries or other fresh fruit)
  • sandwich — grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly, or another favorite
  • leftovers (they're not just for dinner anymore!)
body mass index (BMI), which is a sign they may be who don't eat breakfast are less able to learn at school, get less iron (an important nutrient) in their diets, and are more likely to have a higher
On the other hand, kids who eat breakfast do better in school, are more likely to participate in physical activities, and tend to eat healthier overall. They tend to keep their weight under control, have lower blood cholesterol levels and fewer absences from school, and make fewer trips to the school nurse with stomach complaints or headaches related to hunger.So tomorrow morning, don't run out the door on an empty stomach. Fuel up with a healthy breakfast.

Remember to Sneeze in your sleeve!



What's New In PWCS Medical Policies?
PWCS has made changes to the Medication Regulation, Regulation 757-4. The new document was approved October 19th, 2011 and is posted on this page below under theHealthClinic Forms file. The new regulation allows School Health Services and SACC to use the same documents. Some highlighted changes include:

NEW MEDICATION AUTHORIZATION FORM. The parent/guardian now completes the first portion of the form AND the second portion of the form for over-the-counter medications to be given within the dosing guidelines listed on the box.You may omit the Diagnosis &ICD-9 fields. Parent/guardian should sign in both the first & second portion of the form.

A physician will fill out the second portion for prescription medicationsOR over-the-counter medications to be given differently than the recommended dose/duration listed on the packaging. A note written on physician stationery or a prescription pad may also serve as authorization.

NON-MEDICATED PRODUCTS. Products including saline or contact lens solution, petroleum jelly, Clearasil, lip balm, hand lotion, insect repellant and sunscreen may be carried and appropriately used in school however no spray or aerosol products are permitted.

COUGH DROPS/THROAT LOZENGES. Students in grades K-12 may now carry and appropriately use cough drops/throat lozenges provided they are in the original packaging. Students may not share under any circumstances.


Vision & Hearing Screenings take place every year for all 3rd and 7th Grade students and students who are NEW to PWC public schools. The screenings are a requirement in accordance with state regulations, the Virginia Department of Health. You will be notified if the screening results indicate a potential problem that requires further evaluation by a doctor. If you wish to have your student screened, please contact the school nurse.

Kids New Year Resolutions for tots to teens!!

H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Brochure for Parents