Nurse's Notes

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Holly Hogan, RN BSN

HES School Nurse

Flu Mist
The Central Virginia Health District (Virginia Department of Health) has partnered with Bedford County Schools to offer Flumist vaccine. The charge for the vaccine is $30 for each dose. The Health Department will accept payments from insurance companies or payers with which The Virginia Department of Health has a billing arrangement. Packets of information, with a consent form, will be coming home within the next week outlining the process.

Please know that if your child is less than 9 years of age, they will require 2 DOSES of the vaccine.
The completed consent form must be turned back in by  Tuesday, October 30th.

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For new and returning students

There is not medication at school for the nurse to give the students with the exception of Benadryl for allergic reactions ONLY. If you would like for your child to be able to receive Tylenol, Ibuprofen, cough drops, etc. then you will have to bring it in to the nurse and fill out the proper paperwork. If it is a prescription medication, a permission form must be signed by the parent and the childs' physician. Medication must be brought in by an adult and will not be accepted from a student.

BCPS has adopted a new  wellness policy. Under the forms tab there is a list of Healthy Foods that are acceptable. You can also use the Smart snacks in Schools Calculator that is on the district School Nutrition page or follow this website:

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Remember with Halloween coming, that any snacks/party items must be ran through your child's teacher to be sure everything is in compliance. Other items, such as pencils or stickers, can be used in place of candy during Halloween. Be sure that items are not a potential choking hazard for a child.  

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  • A fever that is 100 degrees or higher, prior to medication. Students need to be fever free 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Severe and persistent earache
  • Sinus drainage that is green or yellow
  • Red eyes with drainage and matted eyelashes
  • Vomiting or diarrhea, your child should stay home for 24 hours after symptoms are resolved

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  • Parents that have a child with any medical concerns, physical handicaps, asthma, diabetes, heart or seizure disorder, food or bee sting allergy, etc. need to meet with the school nurse to discuss your child’s health needs.  It is important that you fill out the required papers so we can assist your child with any medical needs that may arise during the school year.
  • Please encourage your child to eat breakfast at home or school every day.
  • For the safety of everyone please do not send your child to school if they are sick.
  • If your child is on medication, please request a separate bottle from the pharmacy for the school clinic.  All medicine must be in the original container.

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​Always check with the teacher to see the process for celebrations. There are always food allergies within the class. Remember that food allergies are serious and can be life threatening. Treats can be non-food items such as pencils, markers, stickers, etc. ​Also consider any food or non-food item that could be a choking hazard. Please be in compliance with the new BCPS Healthy food snack list and utilize the Smart snacks in School calculator on the BCPS website
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