Nurse Notes


School Nurse: Linda Gibson, RN

Clinic Hours: 7:30-3:00

Thank you- Bedford Community Health Foundation for the grant awarded to BCPS to purchase Dell Chromebooks and printers for each school clinic which will enable us to provide electronic medical records documentation of student health concerns, clinic visits and administrating of medications, all of which is currently done on paper.  Thank you BCHF, BCPS Board and P. Knox, School Nurse Supervisor for enabling our clinics to enter the digital age!

5th Grade Tdap Vaccine
The Virginia law requires all 6th grade students receive the Tdap booster immunization prior to middle school entry. Please open the link in the blue box to your left, to view the BCPS Tdap letter sent home with 5th grade students.

All medications must be picked up at the end of the school year. Medication not picked up by 4:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 will be destroyed. 


Influenza (commonly referred to as the “flu”) is a viral disease of the respiratory tract. There are two main types of influenza virus: A and B. Illness is usually characterized by sudden onset with symptoms of high fever or chills, headache, congestion, muscle aches, and a dry cough. Some individuals may experience stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and conjunctivitis (inflammation of the lining of the eyes). Most people are ill with the “flu” for a week or less.

Transmission:  The flu is spread through direct contact with an ill person.  Infection with the “flu” does not make a person immune. The viruses that cause influenza frequently change, and people may be infected with a new strain.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older.

Diagnosis: Diagnosis is generally made presumptively based on symptoms. However, laboratory tests can be obtained to confirm this diagnosis.

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?” 


Guidelines of when to keep your child home

  • Fever that is more than 100 degrees (students should be without fever for 24 hours without receiving fever reducers before returning to school.
  • Diarrhea/vomiting within the prior 24 hour period
  • Respiratory congestion with fever and thickened yellow or greenish drainage
  • Severe and persistent earache
  • Continuous coughing
  • Redness of the white of the eyes accompanied by yellowish discharge and matted eyelashes

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.


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Medication Administration

Medications cannot be administered without a BCPS Permission to Dispense Medication form on file in the school clinic.  Prescription medications, herbal medication, or doses higher than the bottle recommends will require a physician signature.  Please do not send medication to school by the student.  A parent or guardian must bring all medications to the school.  If your child requires a prescription medication to be taken during the school day, please request a separate bottle form the pharmacy for the school clinic.  All medication must be provided in the original container. 

New medication will not be administered the first time in the school clinic. A parent or guardian must administer the first dose of any new prescription medication or over the counter medication. Close supervision by the parent/guardian is recommended for 12-24 hours to detect if any serious reactions occur. 

Medicine must be picked up at the end of the school year.  Any medicine not picked up will be discarded.  
Any changes in prescription medication dosages must have a physician's order.  Each medication and each student requires separate medication forms.


BCPS Wellness Policy

The following Nutrition Guidelines are to promote student health, safety and reduce childhood obesity.

  • The school administration and teaching staff have the right to limit food items at school celebrations and events.
  • Students are encouraged not to share food or drinks during the school day.
  • Students are allowed to carry a transparent water bottle to school.  This privilege can be removed by the school administration or limited to certain areas of the school.
  • Energy drinks are not allowed during the school day.  Energy drinks are defined as: any product sold as an "energy boost";it is usually a carbonated beverage that contains caffeine and other stimulants along with herbal ingredients that end in (ine) or when the purpose is to increase energy and mental alertness.  Some examples are Red Bull, Monster, Vault, AMP, 5 Hour, Full Throttle, etc.
  • Parents should communicate with the school nurse, teachers and cafeteria manger regarding any medical concerns that involve food that could potentially be life threatening.
  • When planning classroom school parties it is preferred that the focus be more on activities, crafts or events rather than being centered on food.

            Please review the Healthy Food Snack List for ideas.



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