School Nurse

School nurse:

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

Health Update (revised 1/08/19)

Happy New Year! We are well on our way thru this school year and hope all is well with you and your family. 
If you have any new changes to your address or phone number please contact the school to notify them of the change as these are what we rely on to contact you in an emergency. 


Screening Information:

  • Vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings have been completed and you have been notified if a concern was found.  If you have not returned the referral paperwork please do so. You will be contacted both by phone and mail until we have results with which to record on your child's health file.  
  • 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:

January is Thyroid Awareness Month. 
Your thyroid is a small gland found at the base of your neck. Your thyroid makes thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone controls many activities in your body, including how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. Diseases of the thyroid cause it to make either too much (hyperthyroidism) or too little (hypothyroidism) of the hormone. 
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism may include:
Fatigue, Drowsiness
Forgetfulness ,Difficulty with learning 
Dry, brittle hair and nails
Dry, itchy skin
Puffy face
Constipation 
Weight gain and fluid retention 
Heavy and/or irregular menstrual flow

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism may include:
Anxiety, irritability, trouble sleeping 
Weakness (in particular of the upper arms and thighs, making it difficult to lift heavy items or climb stairs or get up from a chair)
Tremors (of the hands)
Perspiring more than normal, difficulty tolerating hot weather
Rapid, forceful, or irregular heartbeats
Fatigue
Weight loss in spite of a normal or increased appetite
Frequent bowel movements
Irregular or absent menstrual periods

Both of these issues can be treated medically. If you have concerns regarding the above, click on the link below for more information and contact your physician for an appointment.

http://www.thyroidawareness.com/sites/all/files/Hypothyroidism.pdf
https://www.thyroid.org/wp-content/uploads/patients/brochures/ata-hyperthyroidism-brochure.pdf

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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