Nurse Notes

Important Health Paperwork

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


           GREETINGS FROM YOUR SCHOOL NURSE

                             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 https://secure.caredox.com/enroll/bedfordva

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.


                                             Kindergarten Registration

Please visit the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School website for the link to register for Kindergarten.  After completing online registration, please call the elementary school and make an appointment to bring in the required documentation.

 Registering for school on time helps every child, teacher, and school to be ready when school begins. Contact the school if you have any questions and register at your zoned school.

 Any child who is five years old on or before September 30, 2020 may enter Kindergarten.  

 Documents needed for Kindergarten registration:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Updated physical
  • Record of immunizations
  • Proof of residency (copy of mortgage, lease, or real estate tax statement)

 Forms to obtain these records will be available at your assigned school. All forms must be completed and returned to the school before your child can begin class.


                        COVID 19

Below is an article from the CDC on the Corona Virus and how to protect yourself and others from getting it. Please stay safe and healthy during this challenging time. 

Know How it Spreads

Illustration: woman sneezing on man

 

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

More details: How COVID-19 Spreads

Everyone Should

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

 

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

 

Avoid close contact

    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
Person with cloth face covering

 

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

More details: Cloth Face Covers

woman covering their mouth when coughing

 

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
cleaning a counter

 

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

 

                              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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