Nurse's Notes

 nurse

Updated 9-20-2021
Donna Hensley, RN
   
                    
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns
dhensley@bedford.k12.va.us or 434-525-2681
Clinic hours are 7:15 - 2:45


 
If you have questions about whether your child should come to school due to symptoms/exposure please call the school and ask to speak to the nurse.


What does QUARANTINE mean for my child?
Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has Covid-19 away from others.  The child should stay home and not be going to the mall, out to eat, grocery store, or any public events in the community.  Monitor for developing symptoms and keep the school informed.
What does ISOLATION mean for my child? 
Isolation keeps someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 with or without symptoms away from others, even in their own home.  Stay in a specific room/area and away from others as much as possible.  Use a separate bathroom if possible.  Do not eat together as a family.

If your child has any symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, diarrhea/vomiting, runny nose, and body aches) PLEASE DO NOT HAVE THEM TESTED ON DAY 1 OF THEIR ILLNESS! Testing too soon often results in a FALSE NEGATIVE RESULT.  If symptoms persist wait 5 days before testing and don't send them to school during this waiting period.  An early negative test gives the parent a sense of relief.....The student is sent to school.....only to develop more symptoms later and then end up with a positive test after other students have been exposed.  
PLEASE HELP US AS WE STRIVE TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE AND WELL.

HEALTH SCREENINGS......vision and hearing screening for kindergarten students who did not receive this with their kindergarten entrance physical will be completed in October/November as well as 3rd and 5th grades.  In addition, 5th graders will have a scoliosis screening.  Speech therapists screen all students in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade for Voice, Speech, and Language.  
If you do not want your child screened you must notify the school by September 30th.

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