Nurse's Corner

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School Nurse: Amy Gelles, RN BSN  (540)583-5421

A Special Message from BCPS:

Bedford County Public Schools

Dear Parent of Students in Grades Five through Twelve:

Eating disorders are serious health problems that usually start in childhood or adolescence and affect both girls and boys. With early diagnosis, eating disorders are treatable with a combination of nutritional, medical, and therapeutic supports.  Recognizing the importance of early identification of at-risk students, the 2013 Virginia General Assembly passed a law requiring each school board to provide parent educational information regarding eating disorders on an annual basis to students in the fifth through twelfth grades. 

It is important to note that eating disorders are not diagnosed based on weight changes as much as behaviors, attitudes, and mindset. Symptoms may vary between males and females and in different age groups. Often, a young person with an eating disorder may not be aware that he/she has a problem or keeps the issues secret. Parents/guardians and family members are in a unique position to notice symptoms or behaviors that cause concern. Noting behaviors common to people with eating disorders may lead to early referral to the primary care provider. It is important for eating disorders to be treated by someone who specializes in this type of care. 

After reviewing the information on the reverse side of this letter, if you think your child may be showing signs of a possible eating disorder, please contact your primary health care provider, school nurse, guidance counselor or one of the resources listed below.

  • Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.)

www.feast-ed.org 

Toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237 



Back to School
Back-to-school doesn't have to mean back-to-worrying. Though safety inside your child's school is ultimately the responsibility of the principal and school staff, parents can take a few basic steps to ensure a safe school experience, too. These are recommended by the 
National Association of Elementary School Principals:

  1. Learn the school's emergency procedures. Emergency plans and phone numbers are usually included in school handbooks and posted in classrooms. Taking a few extra minutes to familiarize yourself and your child with emergency information can give him the confidence he needs to act quickly in emergency situations.  
  2. Know travel routes to and from the school. Make sure you and your child know both primary and alternate routes. In an emergency, roads can be blocked and it's important to have a backup plan.
  3. Know and follow school security and safety measures. These might include signing in when visiting the school, being escorted when walking through the building, or wearing a visitor pass. Following these procedures also sets a great example for your kids.
  4. Talk with your child about safety. Be specific. Talk about instinct and paying attention to funny feelings of fear. Explain what to do if she doesn't feel safe (find a teacher, call 911, etc.). Make sure she knows how to contact you or a trusted neighbor who is likely to be at home.
  5. Inform school staff about health and emotional concerns. Whether your child has a food allergy, a physical disability, or has been subject to bullying, make sure to keep your child's teachers and principal in the loop.
  6. Get involved. Talk with the principal about what you can do to increase school safety, such as organizing parents to form a neighborhood watch before and after school. Sometimes parent groups are highly successful in making improvements in traffic safety during drop off and pick up times.

  

 

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  Health Care Plans

Please remember if you are a student who has a medical care plan at your base school and/or daily medications, rescue medications, etc. please contact the school nurse or provide the school with that information.

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have as a student or parent. My number is 540-583-5421. I am available at the Alternative Education Center as well as Bedford Science and Technology Center.

 

  

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If you need a medication permission form or health care plan for your child for the 2019-20 school year, you can get them now.  You must have new permission forms signed each year. Please make every effort to take care of any needs your child may have BEFORE the first day of school.  Parents of diabetic students should meet with School Nurse and provide medications, physician orders and supplies during the week prior to school start date.  Permission to dispense medication forms and other health information are available on the BCPS web page under School Nursing Services or contact your school nurse.

 

* State law requires all students entering 7thh grade receive the Tdap vaccine. Proof of vaccine administration or documentation of a medical or religious exemption form must be submitted before school entry.  This requirement must be completed for all rising 7th grade students before entering middle school.  Class schedule will not be mailed if your child has not complied with this health requirement.    

  

Important clinic information:


Medical and Emergency Concerns

If your child has a history of asthma, diabetes, seizure disorder, food or bee sting allergy, or any other health issue, please contact the school nurse. It is important that you fill out the required permission forms/health care plans so that we can assist your child with any medical needs that may arise during the school year.



Medication - Rules and Procedures

Please note the procedure regarding the administration of medication during the school day. This policy has been set forth by Bedford County Schools for the safety of your child:

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 Acetaminophen pain reliever and emergency use antihistamine are available in the clinic for occasional student use. The appropriate Bedford County form must be signed. A parent will be notified if Acetaminophen is given more than twice in one week.

· Any over the counter medication must be accompanied with the appropriate Bedford County form. In addition, it must be in the original container. Dosage instructions on the label will be followed.

· Hand written notes and/or phone requests by a parent regarding medication cannot be honored.

· Prescription medication requires a signed permission form from the physician as well as parent. These must be on the appropriate Bedford County form. Medication must be in the original pharmacy container (ask the pharmacist for a small labeled container for the school). Any changes in prescription medication dosage must have a physician order. Each medication requires its own medication form.

· Asthmatics may carry and self-administer inhalers if the proper paperwork is filled out along with a doctor’s signature. All inhalers must be properly labeled.

· Please do not send medication to school with your child. It is preferred that a parent or guardian bring medication to school.

· Medication must be picked up at the end of the school year; any medication not picked up will be discarded.


Immunizations

Review of all health records will be completed to verify that all students are properly immunized. Parents/Guardians will be notified if any documentation is missing.


Medical Insurance

If your child needs medical insurance, the children’s health insurance called FAMIS may be available to assist you and your family. Please contact school nurse for more information.


Sickness

A fever is a temperature of 100 degrees or more. Your child needs to be fever free without medication or administered antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.


Student Wellness Policy

Bedford County Public Schools recognizes the link between student health and learning. The division desires to provide a school health policy promoting good nutrition, physical activity and wellness. A revision of the Student Wellness policy was completed in May 2018. You can visit the BCPS website to review the goals that have been established to promote student wellness.


Important Miscellaneous info

The clinic is a Safe Zone for discussion of any health concerns a student may have.  Students should ask a teacher to come to the clinic. The nurse will call parent as needed.

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