School Nurse

School nurse:

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

Health Update (revised 3/6/17)
The school year is moving along rapidly as is the flu season! The CDC recommends annual flu shots for everyone 6 months of age and older. Healthy people can carry the flu virus with no symptoms and then pass it to more vulnerable people such as infants and the elderly. However, as more people get vaccinated it becomes harder for the flu viruses to spread. 
    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.

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!

If your child has any special health problems/allergies please come by the clinic if you have not already done so.  It is extremely important that you fill out the required permission forms/health care plans/emergency card so that we can assist your child with any medical needs that may arise during the school year.   For the safety of your child they will not be allowed to participate in field/class trips without this emergency card form on file.

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

All necessary forms are available in the green column to the left via the links.

For the health and safety of your children, if he/she has an identified medical health concern for which we have received a careplan or medical documentation from a physician AND the condition has in some way changed we need to be quickly notified so that new updated information can be obtained from the physician. If you have not signed a medical release giving clinic staff/administration permission to discuss the medical concern with your physician then the responsibility to obtain the updated information will belong solely to the parent. 


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