Nurse Notes

‚ÄčImportant Health Paperwork

School Health Entrance Form
Immunization Requirement Form
BCPS Medication Form
BCPS Anihistamine Form
Influenza information
Zika virus information
-  Talking to your kids
-  Help to control mosquitoes 
HPV letter


                         Valerie Cote, RN


Caredox Information

Welcome to Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.  As your school nurse, I have many responsibilities that include caring for sick or injured students, and to act as a resource for parents,students,and staff.


Hearing and vision screenings on all students in grades three, five and all students new to Bedford County Schools will be performed in the fall. (September 20th and 21st). Kindergarten students will only be screened if it was not done on the school entrance physical. Fifth grade students will receive scoliosis screening also. Height & weight screenings will be done early in the school year on all students. If you do not want your child to participate in the screenings, please send a note to the clinic. Pediculosis (head lice) infestation is a prevalent concern among young school age children.  I will periodically check your child’s classroom for head lice for preventative reasons.


I want to highlight a few important reminders. Any medication to be administered to a student must be brought to the school by the parent/guardian in the original container. Please do not put medication in a sandwich bag with a note and send it to school with your child.  The “Physician/Parent Authorization to Administer Medication” form must be completed and signed by the parent and physician for any prescription medicine to be administered during school hours. Please keep your emergency card up to date. If your child gets sick or injured at school, these cards are our only means of contacting you without delay. Also, please register/update your information in CAREDOX which is the BCPS digital health platform so you will receive emails of your child’s clinic visits. The link to register for CAREDOX is


When your child is absent for any reason, please notify the school (call the office at 534-6159).  In addition, when your child returns to school after an absence a note from the parent must be sent to the office so that your child can be excused. 


I look forward to the many opportunities this school year will bring to further interact with you and help your children as needed. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me here at the school. Thank you.


                                                        Valerie Cote, RN

                                                       TJES School Nurse