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Health Update (revised 5/13/19)

Spring is in the air!
  (So are pollens, molds and other allergens!) The national news is reporting that this year could be one of the worst years yet for allergies. The allergy season has actually started 2-3 weeks earlier than usual!

We want to remind you that we do not have allergy or cold medicines in the clinic. 

Should your child require an allergy or cold medicine, please medicate him/her prior to their arrival at school.

The Benadryl we do stock is for emergency allergic reactions involving acute respiratory distress only.  (i.e.: bees, peanuts, etc…) It is not given for stuffy noses or itchy eyes.

If you have any new changes to your address or phone number please contact the school to notify them of the change as these are what we rely on to contact you in an emergency. 

Clinic Reminders

If your student has medication or supplies in the clinic, please make arrangements to pick them up by the last day of school.  Any medication not picked up must be destroyed.

We will be mailing asthma, allergy, seizure, daily meds, diabetic and health service careplan forms home for the 2019/2020 school year.  The individuals receiving these forms have been determined from this year’s emergency card information.  Please have them filled out and signed by the physician over the summer and return to the clinic the first week of school.  Thank you for your cooperation.


In the case of an illness, students are expected to come to the clinic prior to parental contact.
This process is necessary to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff in our school.

*Should the student contact the parent without coming to the clinic, the parent will be sent to the clinic to pick up their child.
*The student will then be called to the clinic where an assessment will be completed prior to being dismissed with the parent.
*While this assessment will be done in a timely manner, the students that are already in the clinic will be seen first as it is our priority to return students to class as quickly as possible.

  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this process.

It is the goal of the school nurse to look out for the well-being of your children.  We always put forth our best effort to make your child feel better and send him/her back to class.  We understand the important relationship between attendance and good grades.  However, a request to call a parent will not be denied. 

 If your child feels the need to call you, they are allowed to do so from the clinic phone.  At this point, it becomes a decision for you and your child to make together regarding whether the child will remain in school or be dismissed. 


 I am available Monday through Friday during school hours from 8:30am to 4:00pm.  Please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns at 540-297-7151 and ask to be directed to the nurse.

Thanks for helping keep our community healthy!
Rachel Pettis, RN
School Nurse

Helpful Information

Healthy Snack List
HPV Information for Parents

Click Here for School Entrance Health Form Instructions

Click here for School Entrance Physical Exam Form

Click here for school immunization requirements




If you have not signed up for CAREDOX yet please use the instructions in the document below to do so. This will streamline communication between you and the clinic about your child's health information. 

CareDox Health Registration Flyer- English
CareDox Health Registration Flyer- Spanish

The BCPS nurses are 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.  



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