Nurse's Notes



Updated October 13, 2022
Linda Preston BSN, RN
Questions or Concerns, please contact me
linda.preston@bedford.k12.va.us or (540)297-5144
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. https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/get-thelatest-guidance/k-12-education-and-child-care/
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.
Medications
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 physician. All 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.
SchoolCare
If you have not already, please be sure to register for SchoolCare so that you receive notification of your child'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. https://secure.caredox.com/signup/#/new/organization_group/1151


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