Nurse's Page

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Patricia Brannan,RN
Jaime Holofchak, RN


Welcome to Staunton River High’s Clinic!

Basic information:

  • The clinic is open from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM every school day.
  • The telephone in the clinic is for health related calls only. Calls must be brief due to the limited number of phone lines.
  • Students must bring a pass from their teacher when coming to the clinic.
  • Permission forms for acetaminophen (generic Tylenol) and Benadryl (for emergency use) are available in the clinic. Forms are good for only one year. 
  • Any student taking prescription medication at school must turn in a medication form signed by the student’s doctor. Student’s are not to carry any medication, prescription or over the counter, without a form signed by the parent and approved by the school nurse.
  • Vision, hearing, and scoliosis screenings will be done for all tenth grade students in September or October of each year.
  • Students with chronic health problems such as diabetes, asthma, seizures, or life threatening allergies need to notify the school nurse and get a care plan.


Click Here for School Entrance Health Form Instructions

Click here for School Entrance Physical Exam Form

Click here for school immunization requirements

Click here for the medication administration permission form

Click here for the Non-Aspirin pain reliever form

 

What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Because these two illnesses have a lot of similarities, it can be difficult to tell them apart.

 

If you have a cold, you’ll probably experience symptoms such as:

•runny or stuffy nose

•sore throat

•sneezing

•slight fever (more common in children)

•cough

•headache or body aches

•mild tiredness

 

Cold Prevention

Avoidance: Because colds spread so easily, the best prevention is avoidance. Stay away from anyone who looks sick, and don’t share utensils or any other personal items—even with people who seem healthy. Sharing goes both ways—when you’re sick with a cold, stay home.

 

Good Hygiene: Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands often with warm water and soap to get rid of any germs you might have picked up during the day, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. When they’re not freshly washed, keep your hands away from your nose, eyes, and mouth. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and always wash your hands afterward.

Healthy Habits: These include getting plenty of sleep, eating lots of fruits and vegetables, exercising, and managing stress to keep cold germs at bay.

 

If you have the flu, symptoms may be similar but more severe:

•dry, hacking cough

•fever or chills (although not everyone with the flu will run a fever)

•sore throat

•muscle or body aches

 •headache

•stuffy and runny nose

•profound fatigue (may last two to three weeks)

•Some people may experience vomiting and diarrhea, but this is more common in children (CDC, 2011).

Flu Prevention

Vaccination: The best way to prevent the flu is by getting the flu shot. Most doctors recommend getting the shot in September, at the very start of flu season. However, you can still get the vaccine in late fall or winter.

Good Hygiene: To avoid picking up the influenza virus, wash your hands often and thoroughly with warm soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth.

 

~Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can be carried out, when needed to tell if a person has the flu. Most people with flu symptoms do not require testing because the test results usually do not change how you are treated.




The BCPS nurses are so excited to receive Grant Funding from the 
Bedford Community Health Foundation to move the school clinics into the digital age.  A BIG thank you to the Foundation Board for recognizing and supporting this need. Watch for more information to follow as we connect to CAREDOX for our Electronic Medical Records in the school clinics. As a parent you will have an active role in this process to allow for a quicker easier way of communicating your child's health information.