School Nurse

School nurse:

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

Health Update (revised 5/1/17)

Spring is in the air!  (So are pollens, molds and other allergens!) The national news is reporting that this year could be the worst year yet for allergies due to the large amount of moisture we received from the rain and snow. The allergy season has actually started 2-3 weeks earlier than usual!

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 and Safety Information:
Please see the link located in the green column on the left for important information regarding the Zika virus.

Clinic Reminders

If you have a rising 6th grader for the 2017/2018 school year please be aware of the Virginia state law requiring that requires all of these students to receive a Tdap vaccine to start the new school year. It is best to not wait until the August rush to get this done--make an appointment by May!

We will be mailing asthma, allergy, seizure, daily meds, diabetic and health service careplan forms home for the 2017/2018 school year.  The individuals receiving these forms have been determined from this year’s emergency card information.  Please have them filled out and signed by the physician over the summer and return to the clinic the first week of school.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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

If your student has medication or supplies in the clinic, please make arrangements to pick them up by the last day of school.  Any medication not picked up must and will be destroyed.

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. 

We will no longer be sending home the "yellow slips" with clinic visit information on them.  Each student's clinic visit will be sent electronically to your designated email address. 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. 


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.

When a student comes to the clinic we are hopeful that we can make him/her feel better in a relatively short period of time and get him/her back to class.  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 spring 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. 

Kamella Peirce, BSN RN NCSN
BMS School Nurse

 

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