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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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
- Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher with an oral thermometer
- Headache plus one other symptom
- 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
- 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
- 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!