• Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Some facts to consider in reference to any respiratory illness.

Hand washing is the single most effective way to decrease the spread of illness.  Hand washing should be done with soap and running water.  Friction is used to rid germs from the surfaces of your hands.  Wash the front, back and between the fingers for at least 20 seconds.  Allow the water to rinse your hands from the wrist to the fingertips.  Turn off the faucet with a paper towel and dry your hands.

Hand sanitizer is a great way to disinfect your hands when soap and water are not readily available.  When using hand sanitizer, remember to rub until your hands are completely dry.  Refrain from overdoing it with hand sanitizer as this may remove some of the good bacteria from your hands.

Below is a comparison chart to show you how many symptoms respiratory illnesses have in common. Just because you develop a runny nose does not necessarily mean that you have a virus, it may just be the common cold.  If you develop a fever, usually over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, consider seeking professional intervention.  comparison chart

Tell your children that we miss them and hope to see them soon!  Love your families, practice social distancing and keep healthy.  Our hearts and thoughts are with our Gator families.


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• Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Heart attack can be sudden and intense, but most of them start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort.  Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

Chest discomfort–Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back.  It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

Discomfort in other areas of the upper body–Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Shortness of breath–This feeling often comes along with chest discomfort.  But it can also occur without chest discomfort.

Other signs–May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Call 911/EMS immediately if you recognize one or more of these signs.

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• Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Stroke is a medical emergency.  Time lost is brain lost.  Know these signs to act fast!

F–face drooping.  Ask the person to smile.  Is it uneven, is the face drooping on one side?

A–arm weakness.  Ask the person to raise their arms straight out from their body.  Does one arm drift or hang limply?

S–speech.  Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.  Is their speech unclear or do they seem confused?

T–time.  Call 911 if you suspect a stroke.  Every minute matters.

If given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug can usually reduce the long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.

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• Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Flu season, it’s coming!   Be prepared by getting the flu vaccine NOW!  The cost of the vaccine is covered by most insurances and it only takes a few minutes to get one.  You can even stop by a clinic/pharmacy/drug store without an appointment to get the vaccine.   Don’t wait until the season starts, the vaccine may be unavailable at that time and all the sick people will be in line with you.  Remember, you don’t “get the flu” from the vaccine.  However, the vaccine is a live virus which helps your body build its’ own antibodies to defend against the flu.

Flu Symptoms

Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Flu vaccine providers:

Publix Pharmacy

$44 under 65

$79 over 65

Receive a $10 gift card when you get your flu shot

Kroger Little Clinic

Under 6 months $40

$60 for under 65 and over 6 months

$60 over 65

No cost with most insurances

CVS Minute Clinic

$50 under 65

$70 over 65

No cost with most insurances

Target- Select Stores

$23.09 under 65

$56 over 65

No cost with most insurances

$5 Target Coupon when you get your flu shot


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• Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Congratulations to all of our gators and teachers on a very successful, fun and exciting school year!  We had house challenges, Gator Gala, book fair, field day, math, Fall Festival, May Madness basketball, science, garden towers, Watch Dogs, language arts and so much more.  Next year is going to be even better!  I’m so proud of all of our students and how they have worked SO hard this year, it really shows.

A reminder about medication.  If your child had medication on stock in the clinic, you will need to pick it up.  I cannot send it home by your child, safety first.  If it is not picked up by end of the school day on June 12, I will have to dispose of it.   This is a great opportunity to pick up medication sheets to prepare for school year 20/21.   I have enjoyed working with your child and getting to know them better.

Be careful during the summer, the sun can burn and there are ticks and poison oak/ivy out.  Be safe around the water, always have a buddy with you.  Enjoy summer break!


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• Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

I’m including two notifications from VDH about the flu and the norovirus, both of which are prevalent in our community.  I hope you will find this information helpful.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s physician or the Henrico Health Department at:  804-501-5216.



Thank you for keeping your child at home when they are feeling ill.  Your child should remain home for 24 hours after the fever has broken and without the aid of Tylenol, Advil, Ibuprofen, etc.  We are working to keep all of the Greenwood gators healthy!


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• Thursday, May 11th, 2017

We are quickly closing another successful school year at Greenwood.  During the last week of school, we will have many visitors.

Remember during this time to stop by the clinic to pick up any medications that have been available for your child this school year.  Any medications not picked up by 2:00 PM on June 12th will have to be disposed.  This is Henrico county policy.  I hate to waste medication, it’s just like pouring money down the drain.  Please don’t let this happen to you!  I look forward to seeing many of you.  Remember to pick up medication forms for next school year, I have them available.  They may also be downloaded from the HCPS website by going to:   Click on prescribed or OTC medication form.

For rising 6th grade students–CONGRATULATIONS!  We will miss you but wish you every success as you start middle school.  Make it fun, join the band, a club or a sport team.  So many options!!

I thank you for your support.  It is vital to have an open line of communication to ensure the health, safety and well being of our gators.  Looking forward to school year 2020/2021!

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• Thursday, April 06th, 2017

Did you know that HCPS has an app designed to assist you with school menus?  Not only what’s on the menu, but ingredients, nutritional values, and allergens.  Included are colorful pictures with serving sizes.  It’s a helpful tool when planning your child’s meals.

Check it out at:


Nutrislice School Menus



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• Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Good news for parents of children with severe food allergies.   There is help for the cost of the auto-injectors!  Go to  for a $10 off savings.   This is for the Impax brand of generic epinephrine.   Both strengths of epinephrine are covered, the 0.15 mg and the 0.3 mg pens.    HCPS does not endorse this product, just providing information for parents to consider.   Remember to have all auto injectors ready for school to begin on September 8, 2020.  If you have any questions, I can be contacted at    Thank you in advance for helping us keep our gators safe and healthy!

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• Wednesday, October 05th, 2016


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