Nurse's Notes


News from the School Nurse:
                           Donna Hensley, RN

Clinic hours are 7:30 to 3:00

Revised March 2017

Welcome to Forest Elementary!

Get a flu shot every year.  The flu vaccine provides protection for 4 months.  If you have not already done so it is not too late​.
Wash hands frequently, stay away from sick people, cover our mouths when coughing or sneezing, staying home when we are sick!
Hand sanitizer is not as strong of a protective measure as washing hands during flu season.
Parents can help the schools by making sure communication occurs with the school nurse or secretary regarding their child's sickness no matter what type of illness.
Having up to date emergency contact information and someone to pick your child up in a timely response is very important.
Students who are ill must first be seen by the school nurse to determine if they need to go home.  This helps the school nurses track students that are going home because of illnesses that my be contagious.
BCPS custodial staff have increased their frequency of cleaning doorknobs, faucets and general wipe down.  After every transportation run, the bus seats are wiped.


Help prevent the spread of "Zika" by taking action at home and in your community.
"Zika" is a virus caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.  Did you know that mosquitoes can breed and multiply in as little as one teaspoon or bottle cap of water?
This spring dispose of standing water in pots, vases, and other containers.  Any standing water around the home or school can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes as this is where they lay their eggs.  Clean out gutters, repair screens on windows, and remove any debris on the property that may hold standing water.
*Use insect repellent as recommended by health authorities
*Use lightweight, long sleeve clothing, pants when possible
*Keep doors and windows closed when possible
*Change water in flower vases and dog bowls at least once/week
*Pour out water from flower pots and replace with damp sand
*Cover and seal all water containers
*Don't leave objects that can accumulate water exposed
Symptoms of Zika exposure
*Mild fever
*Skin Rash
*Muscle Joint Pain
*Inflammation of eyes


Tdap Booster is required for all rising 6th graders prior to the first day of school for the 2017-18 school year.  Please provide the school with one of the following by
JULY 17, 2017
1. Proof of having the booster vaccine
2. A notarized religious exemption form with a raised seal or registration #
3. Medical exemption form signed by your physician indicating temporary or permanent exemption.
​The local health department provides the immunization ​for free​ for sixth grade school enrollment but you must bring with you your most updated immunization record.
​Teacher assignment or class schedules 
​will not​ be mailed until this health information is shared with the school.

sick child
Flu Season is still here!  Prevention is the best tool when it comes to fighting the flu.  Handwashing and adequate rest are at the top of the list!  A daily dose of fresh air is always a plus!  Strive to eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water and always eat breakfast!  If you child has been sick with flu keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication, keep them home until they are without vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours.  If your child has not received their flu immunization please consider getting them vaccinated today! It's not too late!

snowman concussion
Playing in the snow can be fun but please be safe with snow day activities!
Sled only with adult present
Keep feet and hands dry
Use mittens and not gloves
Dress in layers
Don't sled head first
Don't wear scarves when sledding
Wear winter sports helmets
Daytime sledding only
Don't make sledding jumps
Take breaks from the cold

BCPS nursesare going Digital!
The BCPS nurses are so excited to receive Grant Funding from the Bedford Community Health Foundation to move the school clinics into the digital age.  A BIG thank you to the Foundation Board for recognizing and supporting this need. Watch for more information to follow as we connect to CAREDOX for our Electronic Medical Records in the school clinics. As a parent you will have an active role in this process to allow for a quicker easier way of communicating your child's health information.  

Don't forget to enroll your child in CAREDOX
We will no longer be sending home the "yellow slips" with clinic visit information on them.  Each student's clinic visit will be sent electronically to your designated email address. 

If you do not have access to this technology you may request a printed copy of a specific clinic visit. 

Happy Birthday

Special arrangements should be made in advance with your child's teacher if you wish to share a special treat for your child's birthday.  Non-editable or healthy treats are recommended.  Please do not send in high sugar items!

All health forms that are required for students are listed below.  Please remember that forms are not carried over from year to year.  
A new form is required each year.

Health Forms

Medical Form - Asthma Revised.pdf

Medical Form - Bus Driver.pdf

Medical Form - Diabetic.pdf

Medical Form - Dietary.pdf

Medical Form - Health Service Plan.pdf

Medical Form - Physician-Parent Med Admin Form.pdf 

Medical Form - Seizure.pdf

Antihistamine Form.pdf

Allergy Action Plan 2012.pdf

Health Form Instructions.pdf

School Entrance Health Form.pdf

Acute Concussion Care 2015 (1).pdf

Release of Information Form.pdf

Get the year started off right!

children playing

Healthy Kids Make Great Students!

  • Please encourage your child to eat breakfast!
  • Sugary drinks should be avoided and replaced with water as often as possible
  • Give frequent reminders to wash hands to prevent the spread of germs
  • Encourage your child to be active and to play safe

    It’s important that we give a “Hoot” and take care of our body because it’s the only place we have to live in.

Give a hoot
"9-5-2-1-0 for Health"
5 key behaviors that promote healthy weight and overall good health for children!
9- Get at least 9 hours of sleep each day.  Recent research has linked inadequate sleep with a higher risk for childhood obesity.
5 - Five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.  Reduces the eating of less nutritious foods which contribute to unhealthy weight gain.
2 - Limit screen time to less than 2 hours outside of school.  Time spent in front of a screen is less time spent in physical activity.  High doses of screen time decreases metabolism and increases snacking.
1 - Get at least 1 hour physical activity per day.  Research shows that most kids don't get enough physical activity which aids in calorie consumption.
0 - Eliminate sugar-added beverages.  This habit increases intake of 'empty' calories.

Medication Administration
Medications cannot be administered without a "permission to dispense medication" form on file in the school clinic.  Prescription medications, herbal medication, or doses higher than the bottle recommends will require a physician signature.  Please do not send medication to school by the student.  A parent or guardian needs to bring all medications to school.  If your child requires a prescription medication to be taken during the school day....please request a separate bottle form the pharmacy for the school clinic.  All medication must be provided in the original container.  No medication whether it is prescription or over the counter will be accepted in baggies!
A parent or guardian must administer the first dose of any new prescription medication or over the counter medication that the student has never taken previously.  Close supervision by the parent/guardian is recommended for 12-24 hours to detect if any serious reactions occur.  New medication will not be administered the first time in the school clinic.  Medicine must be picked up at the end of the school year.  Any medicine not picked up will be discarded.  
Any changes in prescription medication dosages must have a physician's order.  Each medication requires it's own medication form.

Guidelines of when to keep your child home

  • Fever that is more than 100 degrees (students should be without fever for 24 hours without receiving fever reducers before returning to school.
  • Diarrhea/vomiting within the prior 24 hour period
  • Respiratory congestion with fever and thickened yellow or greenish drainage
  • Severe and persistent earache
  • Continuous coughing
  • Redness of the white of the eyes accompanied by yellowish discharge and matted eyelashes


           Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns (434-525-2681)