From Nurse Susan

TIGER

GOOOOOOO Tigers!!!!
2016-2017

FLU UPDATE:
CLICK LINK BELOW

/UserFiles/Servers/Server_1061224/File/Influenza Update February.pdf
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PARENTS IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED UP FOR CARE-DOX, PLEASE DO SO. 
THIS IS THE FORM OF COMMUNICATION BCPS NURSES WILL USE IF YOUR CHILD VISITS THE CLINIC, UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY AND THEN YOU WILL GET A PHONE CALL AS USUAL. WE NO LONGER ARE SENDING HOME CLINIC PASSES FOR VISITS. 

You may email the Parent Support Team at Care-Dox if you have not received an email from them. 
Their email address:   Activation@CareDox.com

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Pregnant? 
Spring is approaching and so are the mosquitoes! Educate you and your family on the zika virus.

Warning: Zika Virus
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~Zika can cause microcephaly and other severe brain defects in pregnant women.
~ There is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus infection.
~Protect yourself from mosquito bites.
~Daytime is most dangerous.
~Mosquitoes that spread chikungunya, dengue, and Zika are aggressive daytime biters.
~They can also bite at night tho! 
~Use insect repellent!! It works! Look for the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or paramenthane-diol, or 2-undecanone
~Wear protective clothes
~Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and use insect repellent.
~For extra protection, treat clothing with permethrin.
~Mosquito-proof your home...
~Use screens on windows and doors.
~Use air conditioning when available.
~Keep mosquitoes from laying eggs near standing water.

For more information visit
www.cdc.gov/zika
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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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Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and a great way to be independent. 
But it is important to remember that a bicycle is not a toy; it’s a vehicle! 

Be cool – follow some basic safety tips when you ride.
 

Safe Riding Tips
Before using your bicycle, make sure it is ready to ride. You should always 
inspect your bike to make sure all parts are secure and working properly. 
Remember to:

  • Wear a Properly Fitted Bicycle Helmet. Protect your brain, save your life. For more information see the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publication 
    “Easy Steps to Properly Fit a Bicycle Helmet.” 


  • Adjust Your Bicycle to Fit. Stand over your bicycle. There should be 1 to 2 inches between you and the top tube (bar) if using a road bike and 3 to 4 inches if a mountain bicycle. The seat should be level front to back. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat.

  • Check Your Equipment. Before riding, inflate tires properly and check that your brakes work.

  • See and Be Seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather, or at night, you need to be seen by others. Wearing white has not been shown to make you more visible. Rather, always wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding day or night. Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.

  • Control Your Bicycle. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack. 

  • Watch for and Avoid Road Hazards. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs. All these hazards can cause a crash. If you are riding with friends and you are in the lead, yell out and point to the hazard to alert the riders behind you.

  • Avoid Riding at Night. It is far more dangerous to ride at night than during the day because you are harder for others to see. If you have to ride at night, wear something that makes you more easily seen by others. Make sure you have reflectors on the front and rear of your bicycle (white lights on the front and red rear reflectors are required by law in many States), in addition to reflectors on your tires, so others can see you.

Many bicycle-related crashes resulting in injury or death are associated with the bicyclist’s behavior, including such things as not wearing a bicycle helmet, riding into a street without stopping, turning left or swerving into traffic that is coming from behind, running a stop sign, and riding the wrong way in traffic.
To maximize your safety, always wear a helmet AND follow the rules of the road.


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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 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 their middle school with one of the following by July  2017 .

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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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>

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DO YOUR CHILDREN NEED HEALTH INSURANCE?
FAMIS (Family Acces 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!!

     

    Susan VanBlarican, RN
    School Nurse

    Bedford Elementary School
    Monday-Friday
    8am-3 pm

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