From Nurse Susan

TIGER

GOOOOOOO Tigers!!!!

2018-2019
BES
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FLUMIST!
The flumist permission forms have been sent  home. Please fill out the front and back. Make sure you sign the top of the back of the page giving permission. 
The health department will be here on November 9th for those that have signed up to receive the flumist vaccination! If you have signed up and your child is absent that day, there will be no make up days here at BES. You would need to then go to the health department or your child's physician. 
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR HAVING YOUR CHILDREN ON TIME THIS DAY FOR THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT STAFF!
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Nutrition!!!!!

Good nutrition leads to great academic performance

Your body needs healthy fuel to perform, to grow and to ward off illness and disease. Would you feed a million dollar racehorse junk food & soda? Of course not, so think about what you eat...because you are worth far more than a horse!

Good nutrition has a positive and direct impact on your ability to do well in school. When your nutritional needs are met, you have the cognitive energy to learn and achieve. You will be better prepared to learn, more likely to attend school, and are more apt to take advantage of learning opportunities.

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Protein – Choose a variety of foods with lean protein

Protein is an indispensable nutrient and can be found throughout every tissue in our body. Protein is a vital source of energy but the most important function of protein is building and repairing tissue. We also need protein for our immune function, proteins transport vitamins and minerals throughout our body.

Grains – Make half of all the grains you eat whole grains

Eating grains, especially whole grains, provides health benefits. Dietary fiber from whole grains, may help reduce blood cholesterol levels and lower risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Grains are important sources of many nutrients, including several B vitamins, magnesium and selenium.

Vegetables - Make at least half of your plate fruits and vegetables

Eating vegetables provides health benefits — people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.

Fruits – Make at least half of your plate fruits and vegetables

Eating fruit provides health benefits — people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.

Dairy – Always choose fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk

Milk and dairy products are especially important to bone health during school aged years, when bone mass is being built. It provides important sources of calcium, potassium and vitamin D, and help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and help to lower blood pressure in adults.

      PLEASE KEEP IN MIND...
                                       Healthy Food Snack List
Fruits and Veggies
Raw veggies: please cut and slice
Dried: Low sugar/salt
Avocado
Broccoli
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery sticks
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumber
Green beans
Pepper slices
Snap peas
Squash
Apple slices
Applesauce
Bananas
Blueberries
Cantaloupe/honeydew melon
Craisins
Dried apricots or other fruit
Dates
Frozen 100% juice bar
Grapefruit
Grapes
Orange
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
Plums
Prunes
Raisins
Raspberries/Strawberries
Watermelon

Protein and Dairy
Low-fat, low sugar 
Cheese sticks or chunks
Yogurt
Low-fat cottage cheese
Low-fat string cheese
Hardboiled eggs
Low-fat dips
Nuts (be alert to allergies)
Sunflower seeds
Turkey slices

Whole Grains
Items that are whole wheat, oat flour, multi-grain, corn, etc. avoid bleached flour
Cheerios
Graham crackers
Fig bars or other fig cookies
Oatmeal
Popcorn
Pretzels
Rice cakes
Sesame sticks
Tortilla chips/salsa
Trail mix
Whole grain bagels or English muffin
Whole grain crackers
Whole wheat/grain bread

Other Items
100% fruit juice
Milk, non –fat or 1%
Plain or flavored water
Sherbet, low fat ice cream,  popsicles

*This list is not free  
of food allergen concerns. 
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Let's stay healthy!!!


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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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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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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 2019-2020 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  2019 .

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.

/UserFiles/Servers/Server_1061224/File/Revised asthma form 2016.docx
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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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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!!
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    HAVE A HEALTHY YEAR!!!! :)

    Susan VanBlarican, RN
    School Nurse

    Bedford Elementary School
    Monday-Friday
    8 am-3 pm

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