Meghan Bennett - School Nurse

meghan.bennett@bedford.k12.va.us


(revised July 2019)


FMS SCHOOL NURSE NOTES

Welcome Back for the 2019-20 school year!


Attention: Parents of 6th grade students
What are the changes regarding the Tdap school vaccination requirements?
To align with current guidelines, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation effective July 1, 2019, that changes the grade in which students are evaluated for receipt of the Tdap vaccine from 6th grade to 7th grade
. However, students are eligible to receive the vaccine at age 11.  Proof of the vaccine will be required prior to the start of their 7th grade school year.  It is advised to have it done sooner rather than later to avoid waiting until the last minute.  You can send in updated shot records at any time - you do not need to wait until next school year. For further questions, please refer to the Tdap FAQ section in the "Health Forms" link on the left of the page. 


Clinic Reminders:

  • If your student would like to participate in any off campus field trips or activities, he/she must have a completed and signed emergency card on file in the clinic. This information is essential should an emergency arise.  If you need another emergency card your student can pick up a copy from the clinic or front office. If there are any health concerns there must be medical documentation/ medications/ supplies in the clinic (these documents are also available in the clinic).
  • Medication forms and care plans are only good for one school year.  If your student has a medical condition (i.e. - life threatening allergy, asthma, diabetes, etc.) or takes daily or as needed medications, a new form will be required for the 2019-20 school year.  These forms can be found by clicking the "Health Forms" link on the left of the page. 
  • Additionally, please register your child/children in CareDox. This is our electronic charting system that notifies you of treatment provided to your child/children. CareDox is HIPAA & FERPA compliant. If you would like to register, email CareDox at activation@caredox.com
  • Clinic hours are 8:30-4 


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Per county policy, if your child has been ill, please do not send them back to school until fever free (without medication) for 24 hours.  Please encourage proper hand-washing to help prevent the spread of germs. 

 


**Also, students should not call or text parent to go home. Student should ask teacher for permission to go to the clinic to see the nurse when not feeling well.**                                                                                                                  

Student Wellness Policy


The objectives of our Student Wellness Policy are to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity. Teachers are using other options for instruction/incentives rather than food items. Attention to individual student allergies and health care plans within the class population is required. No sharing of outside food and drinks among students. Do not send cupcakes, candy, or food treats for birthday celebrations or class parties.(For a complete list of recommended snacks see "Health Forms" portion of this web page) 

Medication Administration Reminder:

  • If your child is on medication please request a separate bottle from the pharmacy for the school clinic.  All medicine must be in the original container.
  • Please do not send medication to school by the child.  A parent or guardian needs to bring the medicine to school.
  • A physician’s authorization is required for all prescription medication. 
  • A parent or guardian signature is required before medication will be administered.
  • Medicine must be picked up at the end of the school year; any medicine not picked up will be discarded.
  • The Authorization to Administer Medication form is only good for one school year.
  • Any changes in medication dosage must have a physician’s order.  Each medication requires its own medication form.
  • Non-prescription medication will be administered as instructed on the box, unless accompanied with a physician’s order instructing to do differently.
  • Acetaminophen (middle and high only) and emergency use Antihistamine (all schools) are available in the school clinic providing there is written parent permission on file.



If you need assistance with health insurance please visit the FAMIS website at http://www.famis.org.


I hope the 2019-20 school year is a great one! Please do not hesitate to call with any questions. 

Meghan Bennett, RN, BSN
FMS School Nurse 






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