School Nurse


Barb Ratliff, RN


Hello, everyone and welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year!  My name is Barb Ratliff and this is my 7th year as the school nurse at Stewartsville Elementary. Our clinic is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. – 2:45 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.

   Tips for starting school:

Please do a daily wellness check on your child:

Does your child have cold/flu-like symptoms such as nasal drainage, sore throat, persistent cough, difficulty breathing, headache, chills, significant muscle aches/pains, loss of taste/smell or diarrhea?  OR does your child have a fever?  KEEP HOME

Have emergency cards, health care plans/medications in to nurse one week before school starts.  Please call and make an appointment to bring these items into school.

If your child is new to BCPS (in-person or virtual learner) all school entry requirements must be completed prior to the start of school.

Please provide your child with a mask that will be worn in spaces where proper social distancing may be difficult, such as in the clinic.

Encourage your child to eat breakfast at home or at school everyday.

Make sure your child gets at least 8 hours of sleep each night.

Sneakers are best for active participation and safety.

Remind your child that hand washing is our SUPERPOWER!  Reinforce proper hand washing with your child.

handwashing superpower

Hand washing videos for children:
Grades K - 2:

Grades 3 and 4:

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.


Can my child go to school?






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

Eating disorders parent info. sheet



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




BCPS uses Caredox 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 CareDox with a personalized link to establish your child's record electronically.  Please take time to complete your child's Caredox 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: or contact me at the school at (540)890-2174.

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