Nurse Notes

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School Health Entrance Form
Immunization Requirement Form
BCPS Medication Form
BCPS Anihistamine Form   
Acute Concussion Care Plan
Asthma Action Plan
Seizure Action Plan
Medical Form - Diabetic
Allergy Action Plan

Dietary Form
Bus Driver Medical Information Form
Care Plan for Health Services
Release of Information Form
Eating Disorders-Parent Info Sheet


                             Valerie Cote, RN

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 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.

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.

Tips - How to Stay Healthy Against the Flu


What Is the Flu?

Influenza is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by the influenza viruses. It can be mild to severe and at times lead to death. It can take 3-7 days to recover from the flu. Please take steps to protect yourself.


“Take 3” - Steps to Fight the Flu
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges you to take the following steps to protect yourself and your family from influenza:

  1. Vaccinate
    • Take time to get a flu vaccine. It is not too late.
    • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the most important step in protecting all of us against this serious disease.
    • Getting a vaccine is very important for people at high risk for flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease, immune compromised and people 65 years of age and older.
    • The flu vaccine does not give you the flu however; it takes two weeks for the body to gain protection from the shot. The vaccine is only 30% effective this year but that is better than not getting the shot.
  2. Stop Spreading Germs
    • Take preventive actions every day.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze. Cough into a tissue or your upper sleeve, not into your hands.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol based hand cleaners are also effective.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home from work or school when you are sick.
    • Do not medicate to cover up a fever then come to work or send your sick child to school.

3.      Antiviral Drugs

·         See your doctor within 2 days of symptoms of the flu, which include; fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches.

·         Take antiviral drugs if your doctor recommends them.

·         These prescriptions medicines can make your illness milder, make you feel better faster, and may prevent serious flu complications.   

·         Drink plenty of fluids, rest often and limit your activity.


                              Dangers of Vaping


The CDC recommends that you should consider refraining from using e-cigarette or vaping products particularly those containing THC because of the recent reported incidents of lung injury.

Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are also called vapes, e-hookahs, vape pens, tank systems, mods, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). They work by heating a liquid to produce an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs. The liquid can contain nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils and other substances, flavorings and additives.

Symptoms of lung injury that have been reported are cough, shortness of breath or chest pain. People have also reported having nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever or fatigue. If you have symptoms and have recently used e-cigarette or vaping products, see a healthcare provider.

If you have any questions, please contact CDC-INFO or call 800-232-4636.


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