Nurse's Notes


News from the School Nurse:
                           Donna Hensley, RN

Clinic hours are 7:30 to 3:00

Revised May 2017

Welcome to Forest Elementary!

Don't forget!  All medications should be picked up by the last day of school.  Medication that is not picked up will be discarded.  

Don't forget!  Medical forms for the 2017/18 school year will be mailed to your home mid May.  Medical forms are good for only one year.  Please make arrangements to have forms completed with physician signature before the first day of school for an easy start of the school year.  It is often difficult to get physician appointments in August!

Have a SAFE and FUN summer!

Parents of rising 6th graders check out the link below for information regarding the HPV vaccine.
Copy and paste the link into your web browser.


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.

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

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)