A note from Nurse Durden...
I am happy to serve the students at Buford Middle School. It is very important to me that the students are healthy and ready to learn each and every day. Please make sure you keep me informed of any illnesses, injuries, or special needs your child may have. Also, if you have any questions related to the clinic or the needs of your child, please feel free to call me at the school or email me. Thank you for allowing me to assist you in meeting the needs of your child.
Cherie Durden, RN​
Health Services
The clinic is housed in Student Services. In the event there should arise a question of illness, especially illness suspected of being contagious, the school nurse will contact the parent/guardian. Parents will be called if the child shows any of the following signs/symptoms of illness or injury:
  • temperature of 100.4 or greater
  • repeated visits to the clinic on the same day
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • any major marring of skin (bruising, cut, swelling, rash)
  • unrelieved pain
  • intolerance to normal movement or activity
  • head lice/nits
Medication Administration
A parent or guardian must bring any/all medications/supplements to the school and fill out a medication administration form (available below). Students are not allowed to carry any medications or supplements with them at school or on the bus. The only exceptions are for inhalers/epi-pens (emergency meds), and a waiver must already be signed and on file in the nurse's office. Carrying medication/supplements in a book bag violates BCSS Rule 7.
Administration of medicine during school hours is discouraged. Parents should check with their physicians regarding the need for medication during school hours. Medications prescribed three times daily often can be given before school, after school, and at bedtime. 

BCS Nurses administer medication for students prescribed by doctors on a continual basis. All other over-the-counter, homeopathic, herbs, essential oils, etc are not administered at school but may be administered by the parent before or after school as desired. Over-the-counter drugs (Tylenol, Advil, Benedryl, etc) are not administered on a continual basis, unless prescribed by a physician for chronic/acute disorders.
Head Lice
Buford City Schools has a no-nit policy. Students may not attend school if they have live lice or nits in their hair. If a student is found to have lice or nits, a parent will be called to pick them up from school. Students should be treated with an FDA-approved shampoo and have all of the nits removed before returning to school. A parent or guardian should plan to accompany the child to school the morning they return. The nurse must re-check the student before they are allowed to return to class. *Remember, all nits and live lice must be removed before they can return to school.
***Absences related to lead lice are unexcused. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the treatment to use or removal of nits, please feel free to contact the school nurse.
Flu Information
Please check the Georgia Department of Public Health website for important information about the flu.
Immunization and Vision, Hearing, and Dental Forms
All students in Georgia schools must have up-to-date immunizations properly recorded on a Georgia Department of Human Resources form before a schedule will be issued. The form and immunizations may be obtained at the Buford Health Department as well as from your private healthcare provider.
All students born on or after January 1, 2002 and entering, advancing, or transferring into 7th grade in Georgia need proof of an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster vaccination (called “Tdap”) and an adolescent meningococcal vaccination (“MCV4”). Proof of both vaccinations must be documented on the Georgia Immunization Certificate (Form 3231).
All students who have moved to Georgia from out of state this school year are required to have a Georgia Department of Human Resources Ear, Eye, and Dental Certificate. This information must be on the proper form. Students whose immunization records are incomplete or expired will be withdrawn from school.
Forms: Common BMS forms for our clinic are available below. We can accept any medical action plan provided by your child's physician as long as it is current. Additional Medical Action Plan forms are available in the BMS clinic if needed. Please contact our nurse with any questions.