Nurse Notes

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


                     Valerie Cote, RN


Caredox Information


                  Notes from the Clinic


As another school year ends I would like to thank all of the wonderful parents for all of your help & support. I have just a few reminders before school ends:


Please pick up your child’s medications at the end of the school year. Any medication not picked up by May 25, 2018 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 16, 2018. 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! 


Healthy Food Snack List                           


Fruits and Veggies

Raw veggies: please cut and slice

Dried: Low sugar/salt

  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery sticks
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Green beans
  • Pepper slices
  • Snap peas
  • Squash
  • Apple slices
  • Applesauce
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe/honeydew melon
  • Craisins
  • Dried apricots or other fruit
  • Dates
  • Frozen 100% juice bar
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Orange
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Raspberries/Strawberries
  • Watermelon


*This list is not free of food allergen concerns. The teacher has the right to limit food items.



Protein and Dairy

Low-fat, low sugar

  • Cheese sticks or chunks
  • Yogurt
  • Low-fat cottage cheese
  • Low-fat string cheese
  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Low-fat dips
  • Nuts (be alert to allergies)
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Turkey slices

Whole Grains

Items that are whole wheat, oat flour, multi-grain, corn, etc. avoid bleached flour

  • Cheerios
  • Graham crackers
  • Fig bars or other fig cookies
  • Oatmeal
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Rice cakes
  • Sesame sticks
  • Tortilla chips/salsa
  • Trail mix
  • Whole grain bagels or English muffin
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Whole wheat/grain bread

Other Items

  • 100% fruit juice
  • Milk, non –fat or 1%
  • Plain or flavored water
  • Sherbet, low fat ice cream,popsicles
  • Pizza





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


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