School Nurse

Welcome from your School Nurse
Gwen Natyzak, R.N.

 Contact me with any questions or concerns at (434) 384-2881
Clinic hours:  7:30-3:00


Health Forms
Immunization Requirements
School Entrance Health Form
Physician and Parent Authorization to Administer Medication Form
Oral Antihistamines Parent Authorization Form
Asthma Healthcare Plan and Medication Authorization Form
Acute Concussion Short Term Care Plan


Bedford County Health Department will not provide FluMist at our school this year. Please contact your doctor or Health Department for a flu vaccine.

Influenza
Influenza (commonly referred to as the “flu”) is a viral disease of the respiratory tract. There are two main types of influenza virus: A and B. Illness is usually characterized by sudden onset with symptoms of high fever or chills, headache, congestion, muscle aches, and a dry cough. Some individuals may experience stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and conjunctivitis (inflammation of the lining of the eyes). Most people are ill with the “flu” for a week or less. 

Transmission:  The flu is spread through direct contact with an ill person.  Infection with the “flu” does not make a person immune. The viruses that cause influenza frequently change, and people may be infected with a new strain.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older.

Diagnosis: Diagnosis is generally made presumptively based on symptoms. However, laboratory tests can be obtained to confirm this diagnosis.

Treatment:  Health care providers generally advise individuals with influenza to drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest.

If your child has symptoms of the flu, please consult their physician and keep them home from school especially if they have a fever.

Please telephone our school office to let us know when your child is absent due to illness. We monitor for flu-like symptoms.



E-cigarettes
Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine, flavorings, and other ingredients to the user. Using e-cigarettes is sometimes called “vaping.” E-cigarettes do not create harmless “water vapor” – they create an aerosol that can contain harmful substances including:  nicotine, cancer-causing chemicals, ultrafine particles, volatile organic compounds, flavorings that have been linked to lung disease, nickel, tin, and lead.

Risks for youth

Nicotine exposure during adolescence can:

  • Harm brain development, which continues until about age 25.
  • Impact learning, memory, and attention.
  • Increase risk for future addiction to other drugs.

What can you do as a parent?

  • Talk to your child or teen about why e-cigarettes are harmful for them.
  • Set a good example by being tobacco-free.
  • Learn about the different types of e-cigarettes and risks for young people at www.CDC.gov/e-cigarettes.

For more info:
https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/54597/how-to-talk-to-teens-about-vaping


Model healthy social media use with younger children
About 1 in 5 children has a phone by age 8. Scholars like Jordan Shapiro and Stacey Steinberg have argued that parents need to model healthy social media use with younger children, and let them participate. And parenting expert Ana Homayoun says that parents can help establish healthier habits with the first phone by taking a heavier hand while children are younger — by checking the phone periodically, actively coaching kids on social media etiquette and handing the phone over only at certain designated times. Read more here:
https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/54713/its-a-smartphone-life-more-than-half-of-u-s-children-now-have-one


 Medications

  • A parent must sign a consent form before any medicine can be given at school.
  • Authorization forms are available at school and on this webpage. 
  • Parents must bring medication to school. Do not send medicine with your child.
  • Please request a separate bottle from the pharmacy for the school clinic.
  • All medicine must be in the original container.
  • Over the counter medications will be administered as instructed on the box.


Keeping kids healthy at school

Teach your children:

  • Good hand washing

  • Cough into elbow or sleeve not hands

  • Do not touch their face unless they have washed their hands

  • Not to put objects like pencils in their mouth

  • Don’t share food, drinks, utensils

  • Avoid head-to-head contact, do not share combs, brushes, hats

  • Store your sweater or jacket in your backpack

  • Keep open sores covered  


Student Wellness Policy
The objectives of our Student Wellness Policy are to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity. Teachers are using other options for instruction/incentives rather than food items. Attention to individual student allergies and health care plans within the class population is required. No sharing of outside food and drinks among students. Do not send cupcakes, candy, or food treats for birthday celebrations.

  • Celebrations with food are limited to three times per year per class.
  • Food items are to be selected from BCPS Healthy Snack List or from our school cafeteria. 
  • Teachers must notify parents of events involving foods.      

 

CareDox
Bedford County Public Schools are utilizing CareDox as a  tool for nurses to notify parents when their child visits the clinic as well as for parents to provide us with accurate medical information. All information is stored securely and is HIPAA and FERPA compliant. You will receive an email directly from CareDox with a personalized link to establish your child's record electronically.


You may email the Parent Support Team at CareDox if you have not received an email from them. 
Their email address:   Activation@CareDox.com

Facts about CareDox are located at this link: 
www.caredox.com/category-faq/parents/
                  

Conjunctivitis (Pink eye) 
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes that line the eyelids. The white part of the eye becomes pink and the eye produces lots of tears and discharge. In the morning, discharge may make the eyelids stick together. 

Transmission
Organisms that cause conjunctivitis are transmitted by touching or shaking hands, coughing, sneezing, touching an object or surface with germs on it, then touching your eyes before washing your hands.  

Treatment
Contact your child’s doctor with symptoms of conjunctivitis. Antibiotic treatment may be required if bacterial.

School Exclusion Guidelines
Exclude from school while symptomatic or until 24 hours of antibiotic treatment has been completed.

   

Does your child need health insurance?
FAMIS is Virginia's health insurance program for children. It makes health care affordable for children of eligible families. FAMIS covers all the medical care growing children need to avoid getting sick, plus the medical care that will help them if they get sick or hurt. 

For more information call 1-855-242-8282 (toll free) or log onto
www.famis.org.
   

 
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