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

Parents that have a child with any medical concerns, physical handicap, asthma, diabetes, heart disorder, seizure disorder, food or bee sting allergy, etc., need to come by the clinic to discuss your child’s health needs. You must complete the required paperwork so we can assist your child with any medical needs that may arise during the school year.


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.

Health Screening
Beginning September 17, your school nurse will perform vision and hearing screenings for Kindergarten, 3rd and 5th graders and transfer students.  5th graders will also receive scoliosis screenings. You will be notified by letter or telephone of any concerns. You must send a note to the clinic if you do not want your child screened. Speech Therapists screen all students in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade for voice, speech, and language. If you do not want your child screened by our Speech Therapist, you must notify the school by the end of the second week in September.

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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