Nurse's Notes


News from the School Nurse:
                           Donna Hensley, RN

Clinic hours are 7:30 to 3:00

Revised  May 2019

Welcome to Forest Elementary

Attention: Parents of rising 6th grade students
What are the changes regarding the Tdap school vaccination requirements?
To align with current guidelines, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation effective July 1, 2019, that changes the grade in which students are evaluated for receipt of the Tdap vaccine from 6th grade to 7th grade.

It's that time of year --- when people start planning their summer vacations.  If you venture overseas for some summer fun, kick-off your travel adventure with CDC Traveler's tips.
Use the CDC destination tool for country-specific health advice, medications, and vaccines.  Pack a travel health kit with the medications you may need, first aid supplies, and your health insurance card.  
During your trip prevent insect bites by using insect repellent to protect you from serious diseases spread by mosquitoes, tick, fleas, and some flies.  Disease such as Zika, dengue, yellow fever, tick bite fever, and malaria.
Eat and drink safely.  Contaminated food or drinks can cause traveler's diarrhea which is the most common travel-related illness.

spring allergies

Spring is here ..... and with spring comes allergies.  Flowers are blooming and the trees are budding which brings along the pollen that plagues so many.  And with spring comes outdoor activities.  Those with seasonal allergens may need a few tips in safely getting relief from the runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, etc.

1.  Keep windows closed
2.  Use air conditioning when possible
3.  Have your child wash hands or shower and change clothing after outdoor play.
4.  Change your child's pillowcase daily.
5.  A child with severe seasonal allergies should not mow the lawn as this kicks up pollen and mold spores.  

Allergy medications are not stocked in the school clinic.  Please medicate your child before their arrival to school.

spring allergies

All medications that a student takes during the school day must be brought to the clinic, in the original container and proper forms signed.

We do not supply cough drops at
Forest Elementary School

You may be hearing a lot about measles lately.  And all of this news on TV, social media, Internet, newspapers and magazines may leave you wondering what you as a parent really need to know about this disease.  CDC has put together a list of the most important facts about measles for parents like you.
1.  Measles can be serious.  Look for the symptoms listed in the chart below:
measles chart
2.  Measles is very contagious.  It spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  
3.  Your child can still get measles in the United States.  Measles was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000 thanks to a highly effective vaccination program.  However, measles is still common in many parts of the world.  Even if your family does not travel internationally, you could come into contact with measles anywhere in your community.  Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk.
4.  You have the power to protect your child against measles with a safe and effective vaccine.  The best protection against measles is measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.  Your child needs 2 doses for best protection.

AFM (Acute Flaccid Myelitis)
The news has recently reported an increase in the number of cases. This continues to be a rare condition but yet very serious.  Symptoms to be alerted to are listed below:
Difficulty moving eyelids or drooping eyelids
Facial droop or weakness
Difficulty swallowing or slurred speech
Sudden arm or leg weakness
If your child develops any of the above symptoms please have them evaluated by a physician immediately.

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 careplan

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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