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


Monthly Health Theme - April
Drink less sugar. Choose water or milk most of the time. 

Tdap Booster is required for 6th Grade Students
The 2006 Virginia General Assembly enacted a law which requires all 6th grade students to have tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) booster immunization prior to school entry.  Each parent must provide the proper documentation prior to the start of the 2018-2019 school year for this immunization. Phone calls or notes from parents are not acceptable forms of meeting this requirement.   Please meet this requirement by providing the school with one of the following by July 16, 2018: 

  1. Proof of having the booster vaccine.
  2. A notarized religious exemption form with a raised seal or registration number.
  3. Medical exemption form signed by your physician indicating temporary or permanent exemption. 

The school division has the right to exclude your child from school if this requirement is not met. Teacher assignment or class schedules will not be mailed until this health information is shared with the school. If you need a copy of your child’s current school immunization record, please request a copy from the nurse at your school but understand it may take up to three days to receive it.


Put your medicines Up and Away and Out of Sight
Approximately 60,000 young children are brought to the Emergency Room each year because they got into medicines that were left within reach. Are all the medicines in your home stored safely? Keep your child safe. Here’s how:

  • Put medicines and vitamins up and away and out of children’s reach and sight.
  • Put medicines away every time.
  • Make sure the safety cap is locked.
  • Teach your children about medicine safety.
  • Tell your guests about medicine safety.
  • Be prepared in case of an emergency.

Call your Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 right away if you think your child got into a medicine or vitamin. Visit the Up and Away Campaign website at upandaway.org to learn more.

 

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  


CareDox
Bedford County Public Schools are utilizing CareDox as a new 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/


Boonsboro Elementary 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 or class parties. 


Oral Allergy Syndrome
Do you ever get an itchy mouth when eating watermelon or cantaloupe? What about that luscious peach that left your gums raw and irritated?

Could be you are one of millions whose pollen allergy also sets them up to react to certain foods.

It’s called oral allergy syndrome (OAS) and what’s behind it are protein similarities among some pollen-producing trees, grasses and weeds and related fruits and vegetables. For instance, a person who gets a runny nose or drippy eyes when exposed to ragweed pollen in the air might develop an itchy, tingling mouth or lips when eating banana, melon or cucumber.

As many as one out of every three people with seasonal allergies may experience oral allergy syndrome. The exact number is unclear because the condition often goes undiagnosed. Symptoms can be mild, making it less likely that people will see a doctor for diagnosis. On the other hand, parents might not associate a child’s dislike of a vegetable with an allergic reaction.

Common Food Triggers

Oral Allergy Syndrome is particularly common among people allergic to ragweed – some 36 million people in the U.S. – but it also affects people with other allergies. Researchers have identified specific foods that relate to birch, grasses and ragweed.

Birch pollen: almond, apple, carrot, celery, cherry, hazelnut, kiwi, peach, pear, plum, potato, pumpkin seed

Grass pollen: kiwi, melon, peach, tomato

Ragweed pollen: banana, chamomile, cucumber, Echinacea, melon (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew), sunflower seed, zucchini 

Oral Allergy Symptoms

Symptoms of OAS include itchiness, irritation, and/or mild swelling or hives in or around the mouth.

Symptoms can also seem quite random. For instance, many people are only bothered during pollen season; the rest of the year they can eat pollen-related foods with no problem. So if you’re allergic to ragweed, a melon in February (when ragweed is dormant) may not bother you at all, while one in September (when ragweed pollen counts are high) could set off symptoms with the first bite.

Some people with OAS will react to fresh foods but not cooked or canned varieties. If you have grass allergy, for instance, you may be able to eat tomato sauce on pizza but develop itchy mouth from fresh tomato in a salad. Others may find they can eat certain varieties of a fruit (Macintosh apples versus Granny Smith, for instance) or fruits without their skins.

 Oral Allergy Diagnosis and Treatment

While most oral allergy symptoms will go away when you stop eating the food, it’s a good idea to see an allergist for an individual consultation any time you experience allergy symptoms related to food.  Food-related symptoms can sometimes alert you to a more dangerous allergy, such as latex. A board-certified allergist can give you an accurate diagnosis, advise you which foods to avoid and recommend treatments to relief symptoms. 


Ringworm (Tinea)
Ringworm is a common skin infection that is caused by a fungus. It’s called “ringworm” because it can cause a circular rash (shaped like a ring) that is usually red and itchy. Anyone can get ringworm. The fungi that cause this infection can live on skin, surfaces, and on household items such as clothing, towels, and bedding. Ringworm goes by many names. The medical terms are “tinea” or “dermatophytosis.” Other names for ringworm are based on its location on the body – for example, ringworm on the feet is also called “athlete’s foot.” 

Symptoms
Ringworm can affect skin on almost any part of the body as well as fingernails and toenails. The symptoms of ringworm often depend on which part of the body is infected, but they generally include:

  • Itchy skin
  • Ring-shaped rash
  • Red, scaly, cracked skin
  • Hair loss

Symptoms typically appear between 4 and 14 days after the skin comes in contact with the fungi that cause ringworm. 

Treatment
The treatment for ringworm depends on its location on the body and how serious the infection is. Some forms of ringworm can be treated with non-prescription (“over-the-counter”) medications, but other forms of ringworm need treatment with prescription antifungal medication. For non-prescription creams, lotions, or powders, follow the directions on the package label. Contact your healthcare provider if your infection doesn’t go away or gets worse.

Ringworm on the scalp (tinea capitis) usually needs to be treated with prescription antifungal medication taken by mouth for 1 to 3 months. Creams, lotions, or powders don’t work for ringworm on the scalp. 

School Exclusion Guidelines
In ringworm of the body (tinea corporis), students should be excluded from school until 24 hours after drug therapy. During treatment, the student should be excluded from the gym. School exclusion is not indicated if being treated by a health care provider and as long as infected area can be covered. 



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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