Nurse Notes

Katherine Rivera - TJES School Nurse

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


Welcome to TJES. Here are 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. This school year because of Covid 19 restrictions there will be no nebulizer treatments done at school also please provide a spacer with your child's inhaler. Please keep your child's emergency card up to date. If your child gets sick or injured at school, these cards are our means of contacting you without delay. 

Please make prompt arrangements to pick up your child when the school notifies you that your child is ill. Pick up should be in less than one hour.

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. 

Looking 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 the school nurse here at the school. Thank you.

                                        Kindergarten 2022-23

Welcome to Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. Here are some important reminders regarding your child’s entry into Kindergarten. Before entering Kindergarten, your child must have a completed Virginia State Physical form. Physical must be completed within 12 months prior to August 1, 2022. Immunizations need be up to date. Effective July 1, 2021, a minimum of two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine is now required to enter Kindergarten. The physical and immunizations should be sent to the school no later than July 15, 2022. 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. Please contact the clinic if your child is found to have head lice before sending them to school.

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.) Also, please register/update your information in SchoolCare which is the BCPS digital health platform so you will receive emails of your child’s clinic visits. The link to register for SchoolCare

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.

                      Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (Coxsackievirus)

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a mild viral disease caused by coxsackievirus.

Symptoms may include fever, sore throat, stomach pain and diarrhea, and a rash of tiny blisters on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and in the mouth (lasting 7 to 10 days). This illness is most commonly seen in the summer and fall.

 Transmission:  The virus that causes hand, foot, and mouth disease is transmitted by direct contact with nose and throat discharges and feces of infected people (who may be asymptomatic) and aerosol droplet spread. Adults and children are susceptible; however, incidence is highest in young children. A person can be a source of infection as long as the virus is shed in the stool, usually several weeks (as long as 8 to 12 weeks). The incubation period is 3 to 6 days.


                 Covid Vaccine Information  

The Covid vaccine is now available for children ages 5-11  years of age. Please see the Virginia Department of Health website for details.

FOR PARENTS:  Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19.

 This condition causes different body parts to become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal (digestive) organs. We do not yet know what causes MIS-C, however, many children with the syndrome had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID-19. MIS-C can be serious, even deadly, but most children diagnosed with this condition have gotten better with medical care.

 Contact your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic right away if he or she is showing symptoms of MIS-C:

 • Fever

• Abdominal pain

 • Vomiting

 • Diarrhea

• Neck pain

• Rash

• Bloodshot eyes

• Feeling extra tired

Children may only have one or a few of the symptoms. Not all children have the same symptoms. Seek emergency care right away if your child is showing any emergency warning signs of MIS-C or other concerning signs:

• Trouble breathing

 • Pain or pressure in the chest that does not go away

 • New confusion

 • Inability to wake or stay awake

• Bluish lips or face

 • Severe abdominal pain

Parents or caregivers who have concerns about their child’s health, including concerns about COVID-19  or MIS-C, should call a pediatrician or other healthcare provider immediately. Healthcare providers can follow CDC recommendations to keep children and their parents or caregivers safe if an in-person visit is needed.

 Keeping Parents and Partners Informed

CDC activities to investigate MIS-C are one piece of the CDC Response to COVID-19. For more information, visit our Responder Stories and read about CDC in Action.




Thank you.

School Nurse, TJES


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