School Nurse

From Your School Nurse (revised 1/29/18)

Trysh Brannan, RN
Clinic Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Phone: 540-892-5674  Fax: 540-892-5677 

Is it a cold or the flu???

Both illness make you miserable, but each is caused by different bugs that settle in different places.

Flu: Culprit: influenza virus which has different strains. 

            Symptoms: Think F.A.C.T.S (fever, aches, chills, tiredness, sudden onset). Can also cause headache, sore throat, and hacking cough. Young children may also have gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea.

            Treatment: bedrest, fluids, over the counter medications to treat symptoms.

             Prevention: flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age, especially if you have compromised immune system, other chronic health conditions, or are pregnant. *It's not too late to get your flu shot*

           Complications: bronchitis, pneumonia

Cold:  Culprit: more than 200 types of rhinovirus.

                  Symptoms: runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion. Often a sore throat and mild cough as well. Young children may run a fever.

                 Treatment: over the counter cold medicines for older children to treat symptoms.  Zinc and Vitamin C may shorten a colds duration. 

                 Prevention: frequent handwashing to prevent spread.

                Complications: sinus infection, ear infection 


Please remind your students to wash their hands frequently, keep hands away from their eyes, nose, and mouth and not share food or drink with other students. 

Please keep your children at home until they are fever free for 24 hours (without medication) and able to tolerate food and drink without vomiting.

If your child needs to take medicine during the school day, this must be brought in by an adult and have the proper paperwork on file. 

All health forms and care plans are online under the Nurse Information Section.
If your child has a chronic health concern, please make sure the appropriate careplan is completed asap. 
If your child takes medication, please make sure you have completed and turned in ALL medication forms needed in order for me to administer needed medications.

The forms are only valid for the current school year and must be completed yearly. Please DO NOT send in medications with your child. Parents/Guardians must bring these into the clinic. If it is a prescription medication, a physician signature is required.

We DO NOT supply cough drops at school.

Starting the first day of school, all clinic visits with the school nurse, will be documented in Caredox.  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. Please take time to complete your child's Caredox enrollment. 

                                      A HUGE THANK YOU!
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. 

Another BIG THANK YOU to our School Board. Goodview has a new AED in our school. Thank you for providing our school with life saving equipment.





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