School Nurse

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Barb Ratliff, RN
bratliff@bedford.k12.va.us
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WELCOME BACK WILDCATS!!!!


Hello, everyone and welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year!  My name is Barb Ratliff and this is my 8th year as the school nurse at Stewartsville Elementary. Our clinic is open daily from 7:20 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need to discuss your child’s health concern/medication with me.  The school number is (540)890-2174.

Important items as we move forward in the year:

If you are new to BCPS, or if you haven’t previously, please sign up for SchoolCare, our electronic medical record.  This allows you to be notified of your child’s clinic visit through email.  You should have received an email with further instructions on this procedure after completing your Info snap.  If you have signed up in the past, you will also need to update your information annually in order to receive clinic visit notifications.  It is a very convenient means of communication regarding your child and his/her health.  If you have any questions with the SchoolCare process, please contact me.

 If your child has a medical condition potentially requiring treatment at school, please call the clinic to make an appointment to bring in the health care plan from your physician AND any medication.  This is very important and could greatly impact your child’s health and safety should they need them at school.

During the fall, we will have our yearly vision and hearing screenings for Kindergarten, (unless previously done with the school entrance physical), 3rd graders, 5th graders, and all students who are new to Bedford County.  5th graders will also have scoliosis screening.  Please make every effort to have your child present at school those days and assure they are wearing their glasses or contact lenses, if they have them.  Vision and hearing screenings apply to virtual students as well, and more information for those students will be forthcoming.   

If you do not want your child screened, you must notify the school by sending a written note to the clinic stating your request.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.

I hope you all are settling into the new school routine and I look forward to helping your children have a safe and healthy 2021-2022 school year.

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**Important Information for Parents/Guardians with Children Entering Kindergarten**

Each parent or guardian is responsible for providing written proof from a healthcare provider that documents their child's age-appropriate immunizations(s). This will include the prescribed number of doses of vaccine(s) and administration dates. All students enrolled in Bedford County Public Schools must provide this information, regardless of whether participating in person or with remote learning. Vaccines must be administered as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and must be administered within time and age requirements (VDH School Requirements: Immunization).

What are the NEW changes regarding kindergarten school entry vaccination requirements?

Before children enter kindergarten they now need two properly spaced doses of the hepatitis A vaccine (HAV). The first dose should be administered at age 12 months or older. The HAV vaccine requirement is an addition to the existing kindergarten vaccine requirements. Prior to the law going into effect children entering kindergarten were not required to have the HAV vaccine.

If a Kindergarten student presents with only one dose of the HAV vaccine on the first day of school, can the student receive a conditional enrollment?

Yes, the student can receive a conditional enrollment as long as the student has received the first dose of the HAV 2-dose series. The conditional enrollment period is 180 days.

  The school division may exclude your child from school attendance if this requirement is not met.

Hepatitis A vaccine information sheet (VIS)

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Can my child go to school?

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handwashing superpower

Hand washing videos for children:
 
Grades K - 2:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMbCZfb5k3M

Grades 3 and 4:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBGsoimPXZg

If you are called by the clinic to come pick up your student please make prompt arrangements to do so- in less than one hour. Please keep all emergency contact information up to date.

 

 

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Please refer to the BCPS information sheet on eating disorders recommended for parents of student grades 5-12:

Eating disorders parent info. sheet

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Please see that attached letter from the VA Department of Health regarding the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series:

HPV letter - English

Spanish version:
HPV letter - Spanish

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DON'T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR SchoolCare!!!

 

BCPS uses SchoolCare as an electronic medical record that allows parents to be notified through email when their child visits the health clinic while at school.  It also is a means for parents to provide us with accurate medical information. All information is stored securely and is HIPAA and FERPA compliant. You will receive an email directly from SchoolCare with a personalized link to establish your child's record electronically.  Please take time to complete your child's SchoolCare enrollment. If you have signed up in the past, you will need to go into the website and update, even if there are no changes. 


IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE, PLEASE EMAIL:
Support@schoolcare.com. or contact me at the school at (540)890-2174.



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