Nurse's Notes

 

News from the School Nurse:
                           Donna Hensley, RN
                       

Clinic hours are 7:30 to 3:00

nurse
Revised  February 2018

Welcome to Forest Elementary!


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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.
 
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Cold/flu season is here as well as the stomach bugs!  Prevention is the best tool when it comes to fighting these illnesses.  Handwashing and adequate rest are at the top of the list.  Also eating a healthy and balanced diet along with plenty of water and regular exercise.  Replace those sugary drinks with water as often as possible.  And eating breakfast is so very important!  A daily dose of fresh air is always a plus too!  If the flu catches up with your child increase their rest and fluids.  Please keep your child home until they are fever free without fever reducers for 24 hours and the same goes for vomiting/diarrhea. Keep your child home until they are without these symptoms for 24 hours.  Let's strive for wellness throughout the holiday season because
HEALTHY KIDS LEARN BETTER!
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO GET THAT FLU SHOT!
COVER YOUR NOSE/MOUTH WHEN YOU COUGH/SNEEZE
WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN WITH SOAP AND WATER
COME TO SCHOOL DRESSED FOR THE WEATHER
DON'T TOUCH YOUR EYES, NOSE, OR MOUTH


ATTENTION: PARENTS OF RISING 6TH GRADE STUDENTS:
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.

 

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

 



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