Nurse's Notes


News from the School Nurse:
                           Donna Hensley, RN

Clinic hours are 7:30 to 3:00

Revised  April 2018

Welcome to Forest Elementary!

Don't forget to enroll your child in CAREDOX which is Bedford county's electronic medical documentation program.  This will allow you to receive documentation of your child's clinic visit electronically.

The 2006 General Assembly enacted a law that requires all 6th grade students to have a Tdap booster immunization prior to school entry.
Please meet this requirement by providing the school with one of the following by July 16, 2018:
1) Proof of having the booster vaccine
2) A notarized religious exemption form with a raised seal or registration number
3) Medical exemption form signed by your physician indicating temporary or permanent exemption on the Virginia School Entrance Health Form

  You may drop these forms off with the FES nurse until May 18th.  After this date you must drop them off at FMS.
Teacher assignment or class schedules will not be mailed until this health information is shared with the school.
The Tdap immunization can be received at your doctor's office, military clinic, or local health department.  The local health department provides the immunization free for sixth grade enrollment.  The Health Department requires that you bring your most updated immunization record.


It's SOL time again......
healthy breakfast

Attention:  Parents of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades:
Make sure your child eats a good breakfast with protein during SOL testing that runs April 30th through May 18th.

Spring Allergies are here......

As springtime approaches we love seeing the flowers blooming and the trees budding which brings along the pollen that plagues so many.  And for most children it means more outdoor activities.  Those with seasonal allergens may need a few tips in safely getting relief from the runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, etc.

During allergy season, keep windows closed, use air conditioning when possible, and choose your outdoor activities during a time when pollen counts are lower.  Have your child wash hands or shower and change clothing after outdoor play. Also changing your child’s pillowcase daily may be helpful.   A child with severe seasonal allergies should not mow the lawn as this tends to kick up pollen and mold spores.  If reducing exposure is not possible or ineffective, talk with their doctor for additional ways to help ease those allergy symptoms.

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

spring allergies

All medications need to be picked up by the last day of school....Medication not picked up will be discarded (other than inhalers and epi-pens).

New medical forms are required each year for medical conditions like asthma, allergies, diabetes, seizures, etc.  Forms for the 2018-19 school year will be mailed to you before the last day of school.

Don't wait until August to get these forms completed.  Doctor's offices fill up quickly in the summer months.  Don't wait.  Make your appointments now.

Forms are due by the 1st day of school.

All 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, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, green beans, pepper slices, snap peas, squash, 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, yogurt, lowfat cottage cheese, lowfat string cheese, hardboiled eggs, lowfat dips, nuts (be alert to allergies), sunflower seeds, turkey 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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