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Nurse Notes

Welcome to the NLA Health Center

School Nurse: Jessica Haefer, RN, BSN

  • Students must be healthy to be educated and educated to be healthy.
  • -unknown



2020-2021 School Year

 

Rising 6th graders:

Medical records will be transferred up to the FMS school nurse as usual. Please bear in mind that I do NOT transfer any medications. If your child still has a medication in the clinic please contact me or Mr. Abe to arrange a pick up time. If your child had a care plan this school year then we expect he/she will need it again next year. A new care plan is needed for each school year and should be signed by the doctor and parent! I will be mailing home blank copies of care plans in the next week so that as you schedule physicals or talk with your doctor you can have those forms completed as well. Your child does not have to have a new physical to start at the middle school but if you are getting one done it is always best practice to get a copy. Remember that if your child is going to participate in sports he/she will need a VHSL physical to practice and play. Any time your child gets a vaccine you should ask your doctor for an updated vaccine record and ensure that the school nurse receives a copy. Proof of TDaP vaccine is now required upon entry to 7th grade but whenever your child receives it you can bring documentation and the nurse will note it on the file. If you have already given me proof of TDaP I have documented on your child’s health file and will be making the middle school nurse aware. 

Returning NLA students:

If your child had medications in the clinic I still have those locked up unless they have expired. If your child had a care plan for this school year I am expecting that he/she will have one next year. In the next week I will be mailing home blank copies of care plans for you to have filled out when you do go to the doctor.  A new care plan is needed for each school year and should be signed by the doctor and parent! Please be sure to have the new care plan and any medications/supplies that you child needs for the start of school in the fall. Watch for communication from the school and/or myself on how and when drop off of those items should occur. A new physical is not required for the new school year but if your child is having physical done it is alway best practice to get a copy. If your child is getting any immunizations please be sure to get an updated vaccine record and get a copy to me. If you need a copy of a care plan before they arrive in the mail, or if you misplace the copy I send home before your child’s appointment, a digital copy can be found here: http://bedfordnla.sharpschool.net/our_school/nurse_notes/medical_forms

Please email me if you have any questions.

 

Incoming kindergarteners and transfer students:

 

If your child is transferring to NLA or starting Kindergarten with us in the fall, he/she will need to have an up-to-date immunization record, and a copy of a physical that is less than 12 months old. These will need to be on file with the nurse before your child can start school. If your child has any medical conditions- such as asthma, a life threatening allergy, or daily medication that he/she will need to take a school then you will need to have the appropriate care plan form filled out by your doctor. The form and all necessary supplies/medications should be in the clinic with the nurse before the first day of school. If your child has any chronic health concern that may need attention while at school please email me to arrange a time for us to speak. We can discuss your child’s diagnosis and any forms/supplies/medications that may be needed at school. (Jessica Haefer, RN- school nurse jessica.haefer@bedford.k12.va.us



Picking up items/medications:


If your child still has medications or other items in the clinic that you find yourself in immediate need of, please contact Mr. Abe at joel.abe@bedford.k12.va.us or the nurse at jessica.haefer@bedford.k12.va.us to arrange a time to pick up things from the clinic. Please do not show up at the school without first arranging a time for pick up. This will ensure that someone is there to meet you and assist you with getting your items and signing them out correctly. 

If you are wondering about picking up your child's other belonging from his/her classroom please watch for an email or other contact with information on how and when the school will be conducting those pick ups. Please be patient as we are awaiting guidance from entities above the school on how and when we can do this as we are also having to follow social distancing and "stay at home" guidelines. 

If you are finding your family is in need of particular assistance please do not hesitate to contact me. Our faculty and staff at NLA are well aware that these are trying times in uncharted waters. Please reach out to us if you need to and we will explore what resources can best assist you. We miss our students and their families! Please stay safe!!!


COVID-19 Information

What is COVID-19?

Covid fact sheet.pdf

Please check out the link below for preparing your family:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/protect-family.html

Covid-19 vs. Cold vs. Flu vs. Allergies



The best way you can prevent the spread of germs is to wash you hands!




ALWAYS wash hands before eating, after coughing and sneezing, and after using the bathroom!

To learn more about protecting yourself and your family from infections, and about the use of antibiotics, please visit the link below.
Infections and Antibiotics

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Medication Administration Reminder:

If your child requires prescription medication to be administered at school, please request a labeled bottle from the pharmacy for the school clinic. Any medication (prescription or nonprescription) to be administered at school must be in the original container and a BCPS Authorization to Administer Medication form must be completed. Each individual medication will need it's own form. All prescription medications must have a health care provider's signature on the medication form. Students taking medication for the first time need to be with their parent/guardians for the first 12-24 hours.
Please note that your child can keep cough drops, Tylenol, Motrin and other over-the-counter medications in the clinic to use as needed, but there must be a medication form for each one and the medication must be provided by the parent/guardian in the original labelled container. Students should not bring in medications themselves. All medications must be delivered to the school nurse or other school office staff member (not a teacher) by an adult. Student carrying medications on school campus can face disciplinary action per BCPS policy as this is a serious safety concern. Please contact the nurse if you have any questions about this. 


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 A fever of 100 degrees or higher indicates that some infectious process is at work. Even if there are no other obvious symptoms, please keep your child home. They should be fever free for 24 hours (without anti fever medication) before returning to school. Fevers are often higher in the afternoon and evening than in the early morning hours. 

Students should be free from vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours from the last episode before returning to school. 


Insurance

If members of your family are in need of insurance coverage please check out the link below for Insure Kids Now. This is a great resource for finding coverage plans, dentists, and care providers. 
InsureKidsNow.gov

CAREDOX
Caredox is the digital charting system that BCPS nurses use to record student visits to the clinic. Please be sure that you are registered so that you receive a notification when your child has had a clinic visit. These notifications will not go out until the evening. If there is an urgent matter or concern you will be called directly. Please follow the directions on the CAREDOX Parent Letter for getting registered. 


If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached by phone, at the school (434-525-2177) or by email (jessica.haefer@bedford.k12.va.us). 

Thank you,

Mrs. Haefer, School Nurse

 

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