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

Let's get started on a healthy new year
Start the day with a healthy breakfast. It refuels the body and provides energy for the day. Choose foods that are rich in whole grains and protein with little added sugar to boost kids’ attention, concentration, and memory.

“Take 3” Steps to Fight the Flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) urges you to take the following steps to protect yourself and your children from influenza:

  1. Vaccinate
    • Take time to get a flu vaccine.
    • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the most important step in protecting against this serious disease.
    • Getting a vaccine is very important for people at high risk for flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease, and people 65 years of age and older.
  2. Stop Germs
    • Take preventive actions every day.
    • Teach your children to cover their cough or sneeze. Cough into a tissue or your upper sleeve, not into your hands.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol based hand cleaners are also effective.
    • Teach your children to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home from work or school when you are sick.
  3. Antiviral Drugs
  • See your doctor within 2 days of symptoms which include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches.
  • Take antiviral drugs if your doctor recommends them.
  • These prescriptions medicines can make your illness milder, make you feel better faster, and may prevent serious flu complications.


A parent must sign a consent form before any medicine can be given at school.

  • Authorization forms are available at school and under Health Forms above.
  • 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.

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. 

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.  

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.


Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease (Coxsackievirus)
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a mild viral disease. Symptoms may include fever, sore throat, stomach pain and diarrhea, and a rash of tiny blisters on the palms of hands, soles of the feet and in the mouth.

The virus that causes hand, foot, and mouth disease is transmitted by direct contact with nose and throat secretions, feces, blister fluid.

No specific anti-viral treatment is available. Fever and pain can be managed with over-the counter fever reducers and pain relievers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration.

School Exclusion Guidelines
Your child should be without a fever for a full 24 hours without the use of medication before returning to school.

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  

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:

Facts about CareDox are located at this link:

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.      

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. 

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