Nurse's Notes

Donna Garrett, RN
MNES School Nurse 


Eating Disorders - Parent Letter

Bedford County Public Schools is working to carefully monitor the health status of our school and community in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Our school division maintains regular communication with the regional offices of the Virginia Department of Health, which serves as the conduit of information for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Our School Nursing Team has received frequent updates for monitoring potential symptoms and risk for COVID-19 through school clinics. At the time of this posting (3/4/20), the CDC has confirmed no cases of COVID-19 for Virginia. 

Our School Nurse Team continues to provide appropriate preventative health instruction for students and families in regard to any communicable conditions, especially those of a respiratory or viral nature. 

  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially in areas where someone is known to be ill. 
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has developed a parent resource on how to talk about this important health topic with your child. The CDC provides daily updates and health-related guidance in regards to COVID-19 if further information is needed for your family.

Coronavirus Fact Sheet from the Virginia Department of Health

What is the difference between a cold and flu?

Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu is highly contagious.You can help protect your family by getting a flu vaccine.



Lake Christian Ministries

13157 Old Moneta Road

Moneta, VA 24121

(540) 297-3214


Pantry hours:

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon – closed New Year’s Day and MLK Day

Last Tuesday of each month from 5 to 6:30 p.m.



1159 Promised Land Rd.

Moneta, VA 24121

(540) 296-0609


Pantry hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

First and third Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


To qualify for USDA food, your income may not exceed the below. However, emergency food is available to anyone in need, regardless of income. Anyone who receive SNAP, SSI and/or TANF automatically qualifies for USDA food.


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Recently, there has been a lot of information in the news about vaping. Vaping related illnesses and deaths are on the rise. E-Cigarettes are not safe. Second hand vapor/smoke can harm your child’s lungs. A potentially life threatening situation may occur, if skin is exposed to liquid nicotine, or if it is accidentally swallowed. Bedford County Public School’s policy prohibits vaping and/or smoking on school grounds. Remember to keep all your vaping materials away from children.


For more information on the dangers of vaping, please visit:





Wellness Policy
Bedford County has updated their wellness policy. There are links above to the list of healthy food snacks and a Wellness Policy. You can also use the smart snacks schools calculator that is on the district School Nutrition page or follow this website:

FAMIS is Virginia’s health insurance for children of eligible families. Coverage includes doctor visits, prescriptions, dental care, vision care, emergency care and much more.

Call 1-855-242-8282 or go online to



Please register your child in CareDox. CareDox is how the nurse communicates with the parent. The nurse no longer sends home paper clinic visits. You will receive an email from CareDox about your child’s visit. Go to

CareDox Parent Information


Protect your family……

 Clean your hands — Washing your hands often will help protect
you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an
alcohol-based hand rub.
 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth — Germs are
often spread when a person touches something that is
contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, and
mouth. Remind you child not to touch their faces.
 Avoid close contact — Avoid close contact with people who are
sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect
them from getting sick, too.
 Keep your child home when they are sick — Staying home will
help prevent spreading their illness to others. Also resting will
hopefully decrease the recovery time.
 Cover your mouth and nose — Cover your mouth and nose with
a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those
around you from getting sick.
 Practice other good health habits — Frequently disinfect
surfaces, especially when someone is ill. Get enough sleep, be
physically active, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.

When should I keep my child home….?

  • Fever more than 100, your child should stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without taking fever reducers.

  • Productive cough with fever.

  • Severe and persistent earache.

  • Sinus drainage that is green or yellow.

  • Red eyes with yellow drainage and matted eyelashes.

  • Vomiting and diarrhea, your child should stay home for 24 hours after symptoms are resolved.

Classroom Celebrations

Always check with the teacher to see if there are any food allergies in the class, before you bring food into the classroom. Remember that food allergies are serious and can be life threatening. Treats can be non-food items such as pencils, markers, stickers, etc.
Also consider any food or non-food item that could be a choking hazard.  Food items that are brought into the class should be healthy.  See the Healthy Food Snack list.

Medication:  All medication must be brought to school by the parent.  According to Bedford County Public Schools policy, no medication should be transported on the bus.  Prescription drugs require a consent form signed by the doctor.  Over-the-counter drugs must be in original packaging and require a consent form signed by the parent.


Communication:  If your child has had a recent illness or injury that you are concerned about please contact me by phone @ 540-297-4411  


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