Nurse's Notes

Montvale Elementary! 

WE ARE MONTVALE STRONG!

SUSAN VANBLARICAN, RN
MVES SCHOOL NURSE
BCPS

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WELCOME BACK TO ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR!!

WE ARE EXCITED TO SEE YOUR CHILDREN BACK IN OUR BUILDING THIS YEAR!!

I AM THRILLED TO RETURN AS YOUR SCHOOL NURSE FOR MVES.
I AM HERE FOR YOUR CHILDREN. I AM HERE FOR YOU. 
LET'S MAKE THIS A GREAT AND HEALTHY SCHOOL YEAR IN 2021-2022!

IMPORTANT FOR RISING KINDERGARTEN!! PLEASE READ!
PLEASE NOTE CHANGES FOR KINDERGARTEN IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS HAVE CHANGED. STUDENT MUST HAVE 2 DOSES OF HEPATITIS A FOR THE START OF 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR. SEE BELOW...

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.

    With the new requirements, are students in first grade and above required to receive the HAV vaccine doses?

  • No, rising first grade students and above will be considered “grandfathered” and will not be required to receive the HAV vaccine doses.

    If a first grade student comes to Virginia from out of state, will they be required to have the HAV vaccine doses for school entry?

  • No, the first grader is not required to have the Hep A series, however, it is recommended.

    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.

If your child has NOT had these required vaccines you must provide the proper documentation prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year for these immunizations. Phone calls or notes from parents are not acceptable forms of meeting this requirement.  To avoid delay in getting your child’s schedule please make every effort to meet this requirement by providing the school with one of the following by July 15, 2021:

  1. Proof of having the booster vaccines required for school entry.
  2. A notarized religious exemption form with a raised seal or registration number.
  3. Medical exemption form signed by your physician indicating temporary or permanent exemption on the Virginia School Entrance Health Form.

The school division may exclude your child from school attendance if this requirement is not met. Teacher assignment or class schedules will not be released until this health information is provided to the school and verified. If you need a copy of your child’s current school immunization record, please request a copy from the nurse and one will be provided within three business days. It is strongly suggested you discuss these changes with your health care provider in order to schedule your child soon to meet this school health requirement. Thank you for your prompt attention to this requirement.

 

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PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD HAS A MASK ON BEFORE THEY GET ON THE BUS OR GET IN THE CAR TO COME TO SCHOOL. MASKS ARE STILL REQURIED FOR THE SCHOOL DAY. THANK YOU FOR HELPING US STAY SAFE AT MVES!! 

How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask | CDC


How to wear a face mask correctly: Common mistakes to avoid
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Please click on the link to the left " newsletter/important notifications" and find the "
Parent health screening before school" ... This form should be used daily before  you send or bring your child to school. 


Please see the "Can my Child go to school" flow-sheet by clicking on the left side 
" newsletter/important notifications"
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COMPARE
We are asking parents to make sure you are available by phone during the school day, or designate some one to be "on call", sort of speak, for your child. If you are called to come pick up your child for an illness, we ask that you promptly do so for the safety of your child and others. 

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                               IMPORTANT!!
         2021-22 Health Care Plans and medication authorization

 
Please see me if your child has any of the following:

  • Asthma ( we are asking that your child use a spacer for their inhaler this year)
  • Allergies
  • Seizures
  • Dietary Restrictions
  • Chronic migraines
  • diabetes
  • medication needs during the school day, we are asking any meds that CAN be given at home, please do so. 

There is mandatory BCPS paperwork  required for your child’s pediatrician to  complete and return to the clinic. In the column to the left you will find links under MEDICAL FORMS for these required care-plans. 

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SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH.... In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, the VDOE is teaming up with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Virginia Academy of School Psychologists (VASP), the Virginia School Counseling Association (VSCA), the Virginia Association of School Counselors (VASC), the Virginia Association of School Social Workers (VASSW), and other community partners to promote Suicide Prevention Month in Virginia.  
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In September, we recognize the following observances:

September: Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month
September 5-11: National Suicide Prevention Week
September 10: World Suicide Prevention Day


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Susan VanBlarican ,RN
MVES CLINIC
SVANBLARICAN@BEDFORD.K12.VA.US



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n April 2019, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) changed the minimum recommended age for the tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) adolescent booster vaccine from 10 to 11 years old.  That changes the grade for which students are evaluated for receipt of the Tdap vaccine from 6th to 7th grade.
n April 2019, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) changed the minimum recommended age for the tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) adolescent booster vaccine from 10 to 11 years old.  That changes the grade for which students are evaluated for receipt of the Tdap vaccine from 6th to 7th grade.
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