Nurse's Notes


News from the School Nurse:
                           Donna Hensley, RN

Clinic hours are 7:30 to 3:00

Revised  October 2018

Welcome to Forest Elementary!

Best ways to prevent getting the Flu
 Get the Flu vaccine and wash your hands using soap and water with vigorous rubbing as often as possible.

child with cold
And always cover your nose and mouth in the crook of your arm (elbow) when you cough or sneeze for good respiratory hygiene!


Don't forget to enroll your child in CAREDOX which is Bedford county's electronic medical documentation program.  We must have your current email address for you to participate.  This will allow you to receive documentation of your child's clinic visit electronically.  If you have not signed up and would like to do so please contact your school nurse for more information.
This is the only way you will be notified of your child's visit to the clinic unless there is an emergency.  Sign up today at

Health forms that are required for students are listed below.    

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

Healthy Food Snack List
Fruits/Veggies: Avocado, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery sticks, cucumber, green beans, lettuce/spinach, pepper slices, snap peas, squash, tomatoes, apple slices, applesauce, bananas, blueberries, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, craisins, dried apricots or other fruit, dates, frozen 100% juice bar, grapefruit, grapes, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon
Protein & Dairy:  Cheese sticks or chunks or slices, yogurt, lowfat cottage cheese, lowfat string cheese, hardboiled eggs, lowfat dips, nuts (be alert to allergies), sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, turkey/ham/chicken slices
Whole grains:  Cheerios, Graham crackers, Fig bars or other fig cookies, oatmeal, popcorn, pretzels, rice cakes, sesame sticks, tortilla chips/salsa, trail mix, whole grain bagels, English muffins, whole grain crackers, whole grain wheat/grain bread
Other items:  100% fruit juice, milk (non-fat or 1%), plain or flavored water, sherbet, low fat icecream, popsicles, pizza
This list is not free of food allergen concerns.  The teacher has the right to limit food items.

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

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)

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