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 - Get Moving
The American Heart Association recommends that children get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity every day. If your workout makes you breathe harder and sweat, you're helping your heart stay healthy.

Choose Whole Foods
Many health experts believe that eating more whole foods is our best bet for improving health and preventing disease. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains retain their fiber and nutrients that are often removed in processed foods.

 Ways to Add Whole Foods to Your Diet

  • Include fresh vegetables and fruits in most meals and snacks.
  • Add beans to your meals and snacks – a great source of fiber and nutrients.  Consider chickpeas, hummus, hearty soups.
  • Eat fewer convenience and processed foods to limit sugar, salt, fat, additives.
  • Choose products with 100% whole grains. Try whole wheat bread, oatmeal, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, popcorn.
  • Choose water and fat free or low fat milk instead of sugary drinks. 

Be kind whenever possible.
Do something nice for others every day.

Tdap Booster required for rising 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 2017-2018 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 17, 2017:

  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.


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 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:

Facts about CareDox are located at this link:

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. 


The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each fall. Please schedule your child's vaccine with their physician or health department.

What can I do if my child gets sick?

Talk to your doctor early if you are worried about your child’s illness. Antiviral drugs can treat flu illness and work best when started during the first 2 days of illness. 

When can my child go back to school after having the flu?

Keep your child home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.  A fever is defined as 100 degrees F. 

About Zika

Zika virus spreads to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.   A mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person already infected with Zika. That mosquito can then spread the virus by biting more people. Zika virus can also be spread from a pregnant woman to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. For more information go to

Zika Symptoms

Many people infected with Zika won’t have symptoms or will have only mild symptoms. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain, headache. Symptoms can last for several days up to a week.

Why Zika is risky for some people

Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a baby to have a birth defect of the brain called microcephaly, impaired growth, defects of the eye, or hearing defects.

Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites

  • Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants.
  • Use insect repellent. When used as directed, EPA registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective. Always follow the product label instructions.
  • Treat clothing and gear. Treat items such as boots, socks, pants, and tents with permethrin or purchase permethrin treated clothing and gear.  Be sure to follow product instructions. Do not use permethrin products directly on skin.
  • Mosquito proof your home. Use screens on windows and doors. Repair holes in screens. Use air conditioning when available. Keep mosquitos from laying eggs in and near standing water. Check inside and outside your home for standing water.
  • If you have a baby or child, do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months of age. Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs. Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, or cut or irritated skin. Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
  • Mosquito netting can be used to cover babies younger than 2 months old in carriers, strollers, or cribs to protect them from insect bites. 

What to do if you have Zika

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Take medicine such as acetaminophen to reduce fever and pain.
  • Do not take aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • If you are taking medicine for another condition, talk to your doctor before taking additional medication.


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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