School Nurse

Welcome from Gwen Natyzak, R.N.
Boonsboro Elementary School Nurse for 16 years
and 29 years as a Registered Nurse

 Contact me with any questions or concerns at (434) 384-2881
Clinic hours:  7:15 - 2:45

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

3 W's to reduce your risk of COVID-19
Wear a mask
Wash your hands
Watch your distance ( keep 6 feet of space between you and your friends)

COVID-19 Resources:
Virginia Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Recommendations to support and protect children’s emotional well-being during the pandemic

Create a safe physical and emotional environment by practicing the 3 R’s: Reassurance, Routines, and Regulation.

First, adults should reassure children about their safety and the safety of loved ones, and tell them that it is adults’ job to ensure their safety. Second, adults should maintain routines to provide children with a sense of safety and predictability (e.g., regular bedtimes and meals, daily schedules for learning and play). And third, adults should support children’s development of regulation. When children are stressed, their bodies respond by activating their stress response systems. To help them manage these reactions, it is important to both validate their feelings (e.g., “I know that this might feel scary or overwhelming”) and encourage them to engage in activities that help them self-regulate (e.g., exercise, deep breathing, mindfulness or meditation activities, regular routines for sleeping and eating). In addition, it is essential to both children’s emotional and physical well-being to ensure that families can meet their basic needs (e.g., food, shelter, clothing). 

Increase children’s self-efficacy.

Self-efficacy is the sense of having agency or control—an especially important trait during times of fear and uncertainty. Children often feel more in control when they can play an active role in helping themselves, their families, and their communities. For example, children can help by following safety guidelines (e.g., washing their hands), preparing for home confinement (e.g., helping to cook and freeze food), or volunteering in the community (e.g., writing letters or creating art for older adults or sick friends, sharing extra supplies with a neighbor).

Emphasize strengths, hope, and positivity.

Children need to feel safe, secure, and positive about their present and future. Adults can help by focusing children’s attention on stories about how people come together, find creative solutions to difficult problems, and overcome adversity during the epidemic. Talking about these stories can be healing and reassuring to children and adults alike.

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Resources for children on COVID-19 and staying healthy

BrainPOP: Coronavirus (4-minute video, activities, and games)

National Public Radio: Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

PBS Kids: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (includes a list of videos, games, and activities about handwashing and staying healthy at the bottom of the article)

  • 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.
No nebulizer treatments will be administered at school. A spacer is required for inhalers. 

Health Screenings
Your school nurse will perform vision and hearing screenings for Kindergarten ( if not completed on their School Entrance Health Form), 3rd graders, and transfer students. 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. Screening will be available for Virtual Learners as well. More information to follow.

Healthy Tips

  • Encourage your child to eat breakfast at home or school every day.
  • Make sure your child gets at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Teach your children to wash their hands well and often with soap and water.
  • Sneakers are best for active participation and safety.


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.      


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. 
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Facts about CareDox are located at this link:
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