School Nurse

School nurse:

Kamella Peirce BSN RN NCSN kpeirce@bedford.k12.va.us

Health Update (revised 11/28/17)

Happy Holidays!  We hope we find all of our BMS family healthy and happy.  The flu season is in full swing and prevention is definitely the tool of choice.

  • Remember good hand-washing and healthy lifestyles are the top two rules of prevention!  This would include a good eight hours of sleep each night, a healthy and balanced diet along with plenty of water and regular exercise.  A daily dose of fresh air is always a plus!
  • If the flu should catch up with you, increase your rest and your fluids.  Treat symptoms with over-the-counter medications.  Above all, do not share your flu!  Stay home until fever free for 24 hours.

 We wanted to remind you that we do not have allergy or cold medicines in the clinic.  Should your child require allergy or cold medicine, please medicate him/her prior to their arrival at school.

Health  Information:

         All children having received a scoliosis referral letter should be seen by a physician and a return letter must be given to the school either confirming the scoliosis or not. 

Students having received a vision referral letter are strongly recommended to seek an eye exam done by an eye doctor. Our method of testing is not as accurate as that of a professional eye exam.  Your child’s eyesight will directly affect his/her ability to work well both in and out of the classroom setting.

Clinic Reminders
If your student would like to participate in any off campus field trips or activities, he/she must have a completed and signed emergency form on file in the clinic as well as an updated infosnap page. This information is necessary should an emergency arise.  If you need another emergency form your student can pick up another copy from the clinic.

Please note that if your child uses an inhaler for their sports activities they MUST HAVE AN ASTHMA CAREPLAN ON FILE in the clinic.

Electronic Medical Documentation:
BCPS would like to extend a big thank you to the Bedford Community Health Foundation for the grant awarded to help fund "The Electronic Clinic".  This funding will help our current school clinics transition into electronic medical record documentation. 

All information is stored securely and is HIPAA and FERPA compliant. You should have received an email directly from CareDox with a personalized link to establish your child's record electronically. Once you open the email and link into CareDox, you will receive clinic passes electronically!

The benefits of CareDox include:

*Streamlined medical information sharing, limiting paper mail, faxing, or phone calls
*Real-time or early evening notifications when your child visits the school clinic.
*Accurate and portable vital information for daily and emergency use.
*Fill out your child's health profile ONCE, and update any changes each year, ensuring it is always up-to-date.

If you have not completed the caredox registration you will not receive any clinic visit information. It is important for you to complete the registration process.  

If you do not have access to this technology you may request a printed copy of a specific clinic visit. 

Facts about CareDox are located at this link: https://www.caredox.com/category-faq/parents/

CELL PHONE USE TO TEXT/CALL:
In the case of an illness, students are expected to come to the clinic prior to parental contact.
This process is necessary to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff in our school.

*Should the student contact the parent without coming to the clinic, the parent will be sent to the clinic to pick up their child.
*The student will then be called to the clinic where an assessment will be completed prior to being dismissed with the parent.
*While this assessment will be done in a timely manner, the students that are already in the clinic will be seen first as it is our priority to return students to class as quickly as possible.

  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this process.

It is the goal of the school nurse to look out for the well-being of your children.  We always put forth our best effort to make your student feel better and send him/her back to class.  We understand the important relationship between attendance and good grades.  However, a request to call a parent will not be denied. 

 If your child feels the need to call you, they are allowed to do so from the clinic phone.  At this point, it becomes a decision for you and your child to make together regarding whether the child will remain in school or be dismissed.  

Enjoy the cooler weather and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the clinic during school hours between 8:30am and 4pm at 540-586-7735. 

Stay healthy and happy and remember to wash those hands!

Kamella Peirce, BSN RN NCSN
BMS School Nurse

 

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