School Nurse

School nurse:

Kamella Peirce BSN RN NCSN kpeirce@bedford.k12.va.us

Health Update (revised 11/08/18)

  • Please note that if your child uses an inhaler for their sports activities they MUST HAVE AN ASTHMA CAREPLAN ON FILE in the clinic.
  • If your child does not have the required form for Tylenol/Benadryl or permission for these medications is not granted via caredox we cannot administer it to them.
  • Your child MAY NOT carry OTC medicine with them (i.e.: Motrin, Midol, Claritin, etc). They can keep it in the clinic to be administered by the nurse provided the correct form is completed, signed and on file in the nursing office.

With allergy season underway, we wanted to remind you that we do not have allergy or cold medicines in the clinic.  Should your child require an allergy or cold medicine, please medicate him/her prior to their arrival at school.

The Benadryl we do stock is for emergency allergic reactions involving acute respiratory distress only.  (i.e.: bees, peanuts, etc…) It is not given for stuffy noses or itchy eyes.

Screening Information:

  • Vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings have been completed. You have been notified if a concern was found.   Screenings are also completed for any new students transferring from out-of-state schools, private schools or those whom have been home schooled.
  • If your child is not in the 7th grade and you have a concern in one of these areas, please call the school nurse.  We will gladly screen your child and provide you with the results.

Health  Information:

You may have recently heard about AFM or Acute Flaccid Myelitis in the news where children suddenly became weak in their arms or legs. This condition is not new, but the increase in the number of cases seen starting in 2014 is new. Please clinic on the link to the left for more information. 

Other:
Here are some guidelines to help you make the “morning decision” of whether your child is too sick to attend school:

  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting within the prior 24hour period.
  • Cold with fever and thickened yellow or green drainage from nose.
  • Sore throat with fever and swollen neck glands.
  • Cough that keeps your child awake at night.
  • Fever that is more than 100 degrees, taken by mouth or ear.

(your child should be without a fever for 24 hours before returning to school.)

  • Earache that is severe and persistent.
  • Redness in the white of eyes along with yellow eye discharge and matted eyelashes.
  • Rashes with blisters, oozing and painful.

A good question to ask yourself as a parent is, “Would I want my child to sit next to a child with these symptoms?”

Clinic Reminders

If your student would like to participate in any off campus field trips or activities, he/she must have a completed and signed emergency form on file in the clinic as well as an updated infosnap page. This information is necessary should an emergency arise.  If you need another emergency form your student can pick up another copy from the clinic.

CELL PHONE USE TO TEXT/CALL:
In the case of an illness, students are expected to come to the clinic prior to parental contact.
This process is necessary to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff in our school.

*Should the student contact the parent without coming to the clinic, the parent will be sent to the clinic to pick up their child.
*The student will then be called to the clinic where an assessment will be completed prior to being dismissed with the parent.
*While this assessment will be done in a timely manner, the students that are already in the clinic will be seen first as it is our priority to return students to class as quickly as possible.

  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this process.

It is the goal of the school nurse to look out for the well-being of your children.  We always put forth our best effort to make your student feel better and send him/her back to class.  We understand the important relationship between attendance and good grades.  However, a request to call a parent will not be denied. 


 If your child feels the need to call you, they are allowed to do so from the clinic phone.  At this point, it becomes a decision for you and your child to make together regarding whether the child will remain in school or be dismissed.  

Have a wonderful school year and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the clinic during school hours between 8:30am and 4pm at 540-586-7735. 

Stay healthy and happy and remember to wash those hands!

Kamella Peirce, BSN RN NCSN
LMS School Nurse

 

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