From Nurse Susan

TIGER

GOOOOOOO Tigers!!!!
2017-2018
LICE

              How to prevent lice:

Kids at school and in childcare settings are going to play. And their play may lead to the spread of head lice. However, you can take steps to prevent the spread of lice among children and adults. Here are some tips on how to prevent the spread of lice:

  1. Don’t share items that touch the head like combs or towels.
  2. Avoid activities that lead to head-to-head contact.
  3. Keep belongings, especially upper body clothing, away from shared areas like coat closets.

When kids play, they may naturally place their heads close together. But if your child’s friend has head lice, your young one may come home with it.
Ask your child to avoid games and activities that lead to head-to-head contact with classmates and other friends. Put long hair in a ponytail or braid. A small amount of hair spray/gels or product may help contain stray hair and harder for the lice to attach its eggs.

It’s not always easy to know who has head lice and who doesn’t. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sometimes it can take up to six weeks for those with lice to experience symptoms such as itching.

When people, especially kids, come into close contact or share belongings, lice can easily pass from one person to another. This is true even if you teach children good hygiene and practice it yourself. But by taking some precautions, you may be able to prevent your child from getting or spreading lice. :-)

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PARENTS IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED UP FOR CARE-DOX, PLEASE DO SO. 

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WE ARE DIGITAL!

The BCPS nurses are so excited to have received Grant Funding from the Bedford Community Health Foundation to move the school clinics into the digital age!!!
  A BIG thank you to the Foundation Board for recognizing and supporting this need!!! 
Please register your child in the Care -dox system if you have not done so already. We will no longer be using paper clinic passes. All communication regarding clinic visits are done electronically. This will be the only way you are notified of clinic visits unless there is an emergency.
As a parent you will have an active role in this process to allow for a quicker easier way of communicating your child's health information.  CareDox is 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:   Activation@CareDox.com

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You can help reduce the spread of strep throat and other viruses; such as colds and the flu.

  • Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water.
  • Keep sick children home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without using fever reducing drugs.
  • If your child is taking an antibiotic, they must be on it for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Do not send your child to school if they are sick.
  • Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food, utensils, napkins, towels and to cover their cough and sneezes with their elbow when a tissue is not available.
  • Discard your child’s toothbrush once the antibiotic treatment is started and replace it with a new one.
  • Keep your families’ toothbrushes and utensils separate until they have been washed. It’s also good to label toothbrushes with your child’s name. 
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When Should I Keep My Child at Home:

How do you know when your child is really sick?  
Here are some guidelines to make this "morning decision" a little easier.  
Suggestions for keeping your child at home:

  • Fever that is more than 100 degrees. (Your child should be without a fever for a full 24 hours without the use of medication before returning to school).
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting within the prior 24 hour period.  (If your child has diarrhea and is vomiting he/she should see a doctor.  Children can get dehydrated quickly).
  • Cold with fever and thickened yellow or green drainage from nose.
  • Sore throat with fever and swollen neck glands.
  • Cough that keeps your child awake at night.
  • Earache that is severe and persistent.
  • Rashes with blisters, oozing and painful.
  • Redness in the white of eyes, yellow discharge and matted eye lashes. (This is suggestive of pink eye/conjunctivitis. Exclude from school while symptomatic or until 24 hours of antibiotic treatment).

A good question to ask yourself as a parent is:

 "Would I want my child to sit next to a child with these symptoms?"

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Dear Parents of Rising 6th Grade Students!!!!!! IMPORTANT!!!

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.  If your child is under the age of 11 at the time of entering sixth grade, your physician may opt to give you a temporary medical exemption until your child turns 11.

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 their middle school with one of the following by July  2018 .

1.Proof of having the booster vaccine on doctors letterhead .
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. 


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PLEASE SEE THE NURSE IF YOUR CHILD HAS ANY MEDICAL NEEDS OR CONCERNS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED...ASTHMA, DIABETES, FOOD ALLERGIES (nuts, shellfish etc), INSECT ALLERGIES, LATEX ALLERGIES, MEDICATION REQUIREMENTS OR SPECIAL NEEDS DURING THE SCHOLASTIC DAY. 
The Authorization to Administer Medication form is only good for ONE school year only

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS HAVE TO HAVE A DOCTOR'S SIGNATURE ON THE AUTHORIZATION FORM. CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW IN YELLOW.

http://bedford.sharpschool.net/UserFiles/Servers/Server_1057178/File/Departments/School_Health_Services/bcps_med_form_admin.pdf

IF YOUR CHILD HAS ASTHMA CLICK ON THE ORANGE LINK BELOW.

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MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION REMINDER 2011.doc

      * It is important that you fill out the required papers and provide needed supplies if any, so we can assist your child with any medical needs that may arise during the school year, and are better able to care for your child.

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 ***Any and all medications that a student takes during the school day must be brought to the clinic, in orginial container and proper forms signed.
WE DO NOT SUPPLY COUGH DROPS AT BEDFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
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Did you know that pet food ingredients might include your child's allergens? 

Shrimp in fish food flakes, eggs in the cat's kibble, casein in bone treats, and peanut butter inside the family dog's latex rubber chew toy? Yes! Allergens are commonly found in pet food and treats. 

Children can come into contact with a pet's food either from contact with the pet, from a pet licking a child, or from handling the food itself. 

Be sure to read ingredient labels on pet food, treats and chew toys to make sure they are safe in case your child comes in contact with them. Also look for voluntary warnings on pet food packaging: some products will contain advisory statements indicating that the product is made on equipment or in facilities that produce other products containing peanuts or tree nuts. 

Pets can have food allergies, too, so it is possible to find "hypoallergenic" products available for pets that may also be free of your child's allergens as well. -
See more at:
http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org

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Bedford Community
Health Center
 

Do you live in Bedford? Looking for accessible healthcare?
582 Blue Ridge Ave, Bedford, VA 24523
www.jhcvirginia.org
Services Provided:
• Pediatric primary care
• Pediatric vision and hearing
screenings
• Well-child examinations
• Immunizations
• Flu vaccines
• Coming soon: adult primary care &
behavioral health
Call to schedule your
appointment! (540) 425-7910

They accept all forms of insurance! Please
provide proof of insurance at your
appointment.
Services are also provided on a “sliding
scale” to those with no insurance
coverage. Fees will be determined on
proof of income and completion of a fee reduction
application.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE!!
Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Health Form (MCH 213), previously provided in printed form by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), will only be available electronically. To be more cost efficient, VDH will no longer send out paper copies of this form. Please click on the link below to obtain this form: 

href="http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/ofhs/childandfamily/childhealth/schoolhealth/forms.htm">http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/ofhs/childandfamily/chil
dhealth/schoolhealth/forms.htm</a>



DO YOUR CHILDREN NEED HEALTH INSURANCE?

FAMIS (Family Access to Medical Insurance Security Plan) 

...covers kids/teens for doctor visits, checkups, glasses, dental and much more for for low to no cost!
 And you can enroll at any time of the year. There is no open enrollment period.
Call the Cover Virginia Call Center at 
1-855-242-8282 or go online to www.coverva.org to find out if your children qualify for FAMIS!!

    HAVE A GREAT YEAR!!!! :)

    Susan VanBlarican, RN
    School Nurse

    Bedford Elementary School
    Monday-Friday
    8am-3 pm

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