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

Welcome to a new and exciting school year at Liberty Middle School!

Hello, my name is Mrs. Kamella Peirce and I have been an RN for 35 years and a School Nurse for 12 of those years. I am excited to meet your children as well as yourselves

Health  Information (revised 9/18/2020):
Our School Nurse Team continues to provide appropriate preventative health instruction for students and families in regard to any communicable conditions, especially those of a respiratory or viral nature.

This brings me to the topic of COVID-19:

Is it strep?  or allergies? or the flu? or the common cold? or asthma? or COVID-19?
Click on the link to the left to see a quick reference chart comparing symptoms of each of these.

Hand hygiene, face coverings and physical distancing are the best preventions of COVID-19.

HAND WASHING:

Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and rub hands together vigorously.


SOCIAL DISTANCING:

Students and families should practice social distancing when out of the house.  It is important to limit contact with others in an effort to stop the spreading of this virus.

FACE COVERING SAFETY INFORMATION:

  • Do make sure it is a tight fit but still comfortable.
  • Do make sure it is clean
  • Do wear it with the correct side out.
  • Do change it if it is damp.
  • Don’t touch or adjust it.
  • Don’t borrow or lend your mask.

Please click the link in the column to the left to get some quick up-to-date information from the CDC and VDH. Here are some direct links for you to access even more information.

Virginia Department of Health
http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


Clinic Reminders

1. Please call and make an appointment with the nurse to bring any necessary supplies and/or medications to the clinic.

2. If your child is taking any daily medications it is strongly recommended that he/she be taking it at home. This is for the health and safety of all students as it will assist with limiting clinic activity, extra travel in the hallways, and student contact.

3. Due to COVID-19 and recommendations from the CDC, if your child has asthma he/she will need to use their inhaler with a spacer in the clinic to maintain a healthy and safe environment in the classroom. Nebulizers will not be administered in the school as the air ventilation system is not set up to accommodate this. 

4. Be mindful of signs of anxiety as we enter this school year. It is normal to be worried and stressed during times of crisis and while worry is a part of anxiety, people with anxiety tend to experience more exaggerated feelings of worry and tension. Some signs are stomach/digestion problems, trouble with concentration/memory or thinking clearly, increased heart rate, changes in energy and difficulty sleeping and irritability and/or restlessness.

5. When you are notified that your child needs to be picked up due to illness, parent/guardian must make prompt arrangements to have their child up picked up within one hour. Please keep your emergency contacts current. 

7th Grade Entry Requirements:
P
arents of rising 7th grade students: To align with current guidelines, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation effective July 1, 2019, that requires students entering 7th grade to have received the Tdap booster vaccination.  Proof of the vaccine will be REQUIRED prior to the start of their 7th grade school year.   

 
Screenings:
 
Vision and hearing screenings ONLY will be performed on all 5th grade students throughout both September and October.  You will be notified if a concern is found.  If you do not want your child screened call to clinic at 540-586-7735 and you must send a note to the clinic. Screenings are also completed for any new students transferring from out-of-state schools, private schools or those whom have been home schooled and are now entering LMS.

Virtual students will be notified of a screening date at which time they may arrive at LMS wearing masks and be screened using social distancing and appropriate precautions.

If your child is not in the 5th grade and you have a concern in one of these health screening areas, please call the school nurse.  We will gladly screen your child and provide you with the results. 


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 wait in the front office while the student is called to the clinic and the child will be assessed prior to leaving with parent/guardian.
  • For the health and safety of ALL students and staff an assessment must be completed prior to the student being dismissed with the parent.

Please know that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. 

We are all in this together and by staying informed and following the protections that have been put in place we can keep a healthy and safe environment for our students and staff.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the clinic during school hours or email using the address at the top of this page. 

Kamella Peirce, BSN RN NCSN
LMS School Nurse

 

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