Nurse's Notes


Updated 8-22-2022

Clinic hours are 7:15 - 2:45


My name is Valerie Cote and I am the School Nurse at FES. I have been a school nurse for Bedford County Public Schools for 16 years and this is my first year at FES. I have been a registered nurse for 41 years. My clinic hours are 7:15 am-3PM. I am looking forward to getting to know the FES family. If you need to contact me my email is [email protected] and my contact phone number is 434-525-2681.


Sick Children

Please keep your child home from school if he/she has a fever (100.0 and above), vomiting, repeated episodes of diarrhea, persistent cough, or unidentified rash. Children must be fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours before returning to school. Therefore, if your child is sent home with a fever he/she will not be able to attend the next day.  Anyone picking up your child should have a valid ID to complete the sign out process. Children should be free from vomiting, diarrhea, and severe stomach cramping for 24 hours prior to returning to school. If your child has strep throat or other bacterial infection, he/she should be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning.

For any COVID related illnesses or quarantines please follow the Virginia Department of Health guidelines for return to school and consult directly with the school nurse.

Health Concerns

If your child has a chronic health condition that requires medication or other treatment at school, please be sure that the nurse has a care plan and all appropriate documentation on file, as well as any medications ordered. Documentation is required for us to be able to serve and care for your child in accordance with his/her doctor’s orders. If you have any questions or need additional copies of forms please contact the nurse. Lack of an appropriate care plan may result in a 911 call if your child begins to have complications with his/her medical condition while at school.


If your child needs to take medicine at school, the “Permission to Dispense Medication Form” must be completed and signed by a parent/guardian. Prescription medications must have signature from a physicianAll medication (over the counter or prescription) must be transported to school by a parent or guardian in the original container. If it is a prescription medication, it must have the prescription label from the pharmacy with it. All over the counter medications must be in the original, unopened container. 



If you have not already, please be sure to register for SchoolCare so that you receive notification of your child(ren)’s clinic visits.

Invitations have been sent out if your email is on file with the school so check your inboxes and spam folders please.

Vision & Hearing Screenings

Per the state requirement, all students in kindergarten and 3rd grade had a vision and hearing screening in September 2022. If you have received a referral letter from the nurse please follow up with an eye doctor and report findings back to the nurse.  If financial assistance is required, please contact me.


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