Nurse Notes
Important 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


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.

  I want to highlight a few important reminders.  Any medicine to be given 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 information up to date.  If your child gets sick or injured at school, this information is our only means of contacting you without delay. 

                     Notes from the Clinic


Please pick up your child’s medications at the end of the school year. Any medication not picked up by May 26, 2017 will be discarded!!! If your child will need any medications for the next school year, please pick up the forms that are required from the clinic before the end of this school year. If you have a child that will be entering the 6th grade in the fall, documentation of a Tdap vaccine is required to be at the Middle School by July 17, 2017. Please try to get the vaccine as early as possible before the date that it is required to avoid the rush at the doctor’s offices!!


Lastly, have fun in the sun this summer!! When you are outside protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Shirts, hats, and sunscreen protect your skin from UV rays.

SLIP! on a shirt. Protect your skin with clothing.

SLOP! on sunscreen. Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.

SLAP! on a hat. Wear a hat with a wide brim. Your ears, neck and face get lots of sun.

SLIP! SLap! slop!  is a campaign adopted by the American Cancer Society to remind us how to prevent skin cancer.

Have a safe, healthy, and enjoyable summer! 


                                        Kindergarten 2017-18

Here are some important reminders regarding your child’s entry into Kindergarten.   Before entering Kindergarten, your child must have a complete Virginia State Physical form. Physical must be completed within 12 months prior to August 1, 2017. Immunizations need be up to date.  Physical and Immunizations must be sent to the school no later than July 17, 2017. Your child must have the required health information by this date in order to attend school. 

 Kindergarten students will have hearing and vision testing done during the school year if not completed on the physical. 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.

 If your child needs to take medicine at school the “Permission to Dispense Medication form” must be completed and signed by a parent/guardian. Prescription medications must have signature from a physicianAll medication (over the counter or prescription) must be transported to school by parent in original container.

 Please notify the nurse about any health concerns your child might have. All paperwork needs to be filled out prior to starting school to address any of these medical needs. (Diabetes, allergies, seizures, medications etc.)   

 When your child is absent for any reason, please notify the school (call the office at 534-6159).  Also, 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.       

 As your school nurse I am responsible for caring for sick or injured students, and I am a resource for parents, students, and staff. I will encourage and talk to your children about staying healthy throughout the school year.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at the school. I look forward to meeting each of you and your children.







How do you know when your child is sick??

Here are some guidelines to help you make this “morning decision” a little bit easier.  Suggestions for keeping your child at home:

  • 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 very 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.
  • Fever that is more than 100 degrees, taken by mouth or ear.  (Your child should be without a fever for 24 hours before returning to school.)
  • Earache that is severe and persistent. 
  • Redness in white of eyes, yellow eye discharge and matted eyelashes.  (This may suggest pink eye.)
  • Rashes with blisters, oozing and is painful. 

A good question to ask yourself as a parent is, “Would I want my child to sit next to a child with these symptoms?” 

Head Lice

Head lice infestation, or pediculosis, is spread most commonly by close person-to-person contact. Bedford County Public Schools has a “no nit policy.” Please notify the school nurse when your child has head lice.  Children must be checked by the nurse prior to re-admission to school. 

Head lice may be difficult to see but signs to look for include:

  • Persistent scratching of the head or back of the neck.
  • Visible crawling lice on the scalp and/or hair.
  • White specks in the hair that may look like dandruff. Dandruff is easily removed but nits (eggs) are glued to the hair shaft and very difficult to remove. 


Thank you.

Valerie Cote, R.N.

School Nurse, TJES