Nurse's Notes


News from the School Nurse:
                           Donna Hensley, RN

Clinic hours are 7:15 - 2:45

Revised  August 2020

Welcome to a new school year!
We are heading into a new year like none we have had before.  Things will be different for sure.  We will look a bit different with face masks but we will get through this together!
This is my 29th year as a BCPS school nurse and I look forward to another year at
Forest Elementary School.

Always remember we are in this together!

Hand Hygiene will be our best friend this year in keeping everyone safe!

Face coverings, hand hygiene, and physical distancing are the best way to prevent COVID-19.


Students should practice social distancing when they are out of the house and this includes while at school.  It is important to limit contact with others in an effort to stop the spreading of this virus.

You can stay up to date on information regarding COVID-19 by visiting the  following websites:

Virginia Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The all important question is:

Covid-19 vs. Cold vs. Flu vs. Allergies

COVID-19 Mental Health Supports - Jeffco Public Schools


Bedford County Public Schools is working to carefully monitor the health status of our school and community in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Our school division maintains regular communication with the regional offices of the Virginia Department of Health, which serves as the conduit of information for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

Our School Nurse Team continues to provide appropriate preventative health instruction for students and families in regard to any communicable conditions, especially those of a respiratory or viral nature. 

  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially in areas where someone is known to be ill. 
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.


If your child has health concerns please provide the school nurse with the necessary form that enables our staff to assist your child with health needs that may arise during the school year.  These forms expire at the end of each year and cannot be carried over from year to year.  Medication cannot be administered without the appropriate Bedford County form.  Hand written notes are not acceptable (even for cough drops).

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


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

Health Form Instructions.pdf

School Entrance Health Form.pdf

Acute Concussion careplan

Release of Information Form.pdf

Get the year started off right!

children playing

Healthy Kids Make Great Students!

sick info picture

  • 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.

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

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