September 8, 2020 is the first day of school for the GCPS students.

The GCPS central office will be closed to the public until further notice. Anyone with a question or concern may contact public.info@garrettcountyschools.org, and you will receive a response.

There have been 52 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County.

Please continue to check our website and the GCPS Coronavirus Updates page for more information.

Northern Garrett

High School

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Nurse

Welcome to Northern High School’s Nurse’s page

My name is Dee Kennell, Northern High's school nurse. On this page you will find information about good health practices, prevention of spreading communicable diseases, school health updates as well as links to health information and education. Feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions at deann.kennell@garrettcountyschools.org or by calling the school at 301-746-8668. Visit the Garrett County Public Schools Health Service Page for links, education and frequently used forms.
 
Nurse's Notes
Communicable diseases are one of the most common causes of student absenteeism. Therefore, prevention and control of communicable disease in the school setting is an important goal in Garrett County Schools. Good handwashing is the most important prevention tool when it comes to communicable disease. Remember to apply soap, lather well and rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Scrub all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between the fingers and under the nails. Be sure to wash your hands before eating and after using the restroom. Visit the CDC website for more information about good handwashing.
 
 
Remember to use homemade or alternative face coverings as recommended by the CDC. Reserving Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical professionals is a way we all can help while working to prevent spread and protect our community. http://bit.ly/diy-masks

School requirements

Physical Exam

A physical examination by a physician or certified nurse practitioner must be completed within nine months prior to entering the public school system or within six months after entering the system. A Physical Examination form designated by the Maryland State Department of Education may be used.
 
 

Immunizations

 
All students must meet the immunization requirements. Contact your nurse if your child has a bonafide religious objection or a permanent or temporary medical contraindication documented by your primary care provider or have a signed exemption form to be enrolled in Garrett County Public Schools. Your child's school nurse will be able to answer any questions you might have.
 
9-12TH GRADE:
  • 3 DTaP
  • 1 Tdap *
  • 3 Polio
  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 2 MMR
  • 1-2 Varicella-or documented history of chickenpox
  • 1 Meningococcal *
* Please note that these two immunizations must be obtained prior to entering 7th grade
 
 

Medications

In general, the administration of medication to students while they are in the schools is to be discouraged. If a student must have medication while in school, treatment schedules which allow doses to be given at times other than during the school hours are preferred and encouraged. The medication must be provided to the school by the parent/guardian in the original container. The Medication Administration Form must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian and prescribing health care provider. This includes any prescription medications and over the counter medications. Inhalers for asthma, insulin for diabetes, and auto-injectors with epinephrine for severe allergic reactions are all considered EMERGENCY MEDICATIONS. These medications can be carried and self-administered by the student when appropriate and with authorization from the prescriber, parent, and school nurse.

Vision/Hearing

Screening is provided to new students and by those referred by a teacher or a parent/guardian. If your child should show abnormal results, a letter of notification will be sent home with referral recommendations.

Health Emergencies

In the case of an emergency at school, the parent or guardian will be notified. If the parent/guardian cannot be reached, the emergency contact will be notified. Be sure to provide accurate and updated contact information. Changes/updates can be made by emailing or calling the school. If an emergency situation should arise and emergency medical services are needed, 911 will be called. Any and all measures will be taken to support the health and safety of the student.
 
Please notify the school nurse immediately of any medical conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, seizures or life threatening allergies to such things as peanuts, other foods, insect bites or medications, which may cause an emergency situation with your child. Please provide the EpiPen and/or inhaler if ordered. The school nurse will work with you to develop a Health Care Plan to meet your child's health needs.
 
When your child is sick……
 
School attendance is important but there are times that your child may need to stay at home. The following is a guideline that may help with making this decision should it become necessary.
  • Sore throat; unable to swallow with swollen, painful neck glands
  • Chills
  • Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher with an oral thermometer
  • Headache plus one other symptom
  • Earache
  • Rash, unexplained
  • Flushed face, especially cheeks
  • Runny nose with thick white or greenish mucous
  • Severe cough, persistent enough to be disruptive or that causes vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting: 2 episodes in 24hrs. (If sick through the night, stay home.)
  • Reddened eye/s with discharge (pus)
  • Asthmatics who: Have a respiratory infection, fever over 100 degrees, wheezing or coughing that does not get better one hour after taking medication, weakness or fatigue that makes daily activities difficult, or breathing difficulty.
Please feel free to consult the nurse by phone or email in the morning if you are unsure about keeping your child home.
 
Seasonal Influenza (or common flu) is a respiratory illness that can be transmitted person to person. Most people have some immunity, and a vaccine is available. We encourage students and staff to get vaccinated!
 
Symptoms of influenza include:
  • Fever, usually high
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat (sometimes)
  • Runny or stuffy nose (sometimes)
  • Muscle aches
  • Chest discomfort
  • GI symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea can occur but more often in kids than adults
If you or your child experiences flu symptoms, contact your family doctor immediately. There are medications that may shorten the course and severity of the illness.
 
Remember, your best protection from illness is to wash your hands frequently. If your child’s illness requires a doctor’s visit remember to get an excuse, otherwise please send a parent note. If you are ill stay home until you are better and upon return, please remember to sneeze and cough into your sleeve!

Chronic Illness

Asthma

Seizures

Diabetes

Allergies

Food allergies
 

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