Jennifer Knauff RN, BSN
Covid 19 Testing Opportunities
If your child (18 and under) feels sick and would like them Covid tested, you can go to the Alleghany County Fairgrounds Monday-Friday from 9am to 12 noon. The health deparment will probably have the results back in 2 days.
Covid 19 information for parents-
Please click below link to see how you detirmine when you should and should not send your child to school. This should be done every morning before placing student on the bus or bringing them to school.
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Flu vaccine information
The Garrett County Health Department will offer flu vaccines by appointment only this season. There will not be mass clinics and walk-ins cannot be accommodated in order to comply with COVID-19 precautions.
It is anticipated that there will not be flu vaccinations given at public schools. Parents can schedule an appointment for their child through the health department or seek a vaccine from their doctor or pharmacy.
To schedule a flu vaccine at either the health department’s Oakland or Grantsville location, call 301-334-7697 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The department will have a limited number of appointments later in the day to accommodate people who need them.
Participants are asked to arrive a few minutes before their designated appointment time. All individuals must wear a face covering and observe social distancing of at least 6 feet. Hand sanitizer will be available.
Residents should call to reschedule an appointment if they are experiencing fever, cough, sore throat, sudden loss of taste or smell, unexplained fatigue or muscle aches or vomiting or diarrhea.
Clinics will not be held at senior meal sites, so people who usually receive their flu vaccine at those locations should schedule an appointment.
Residents should bring their medical insurance card to the appointment. For those who are uninsured or insurance does not cover flu vaccine, there will be no cost.
For more information, call 301 334-7770 or 301-895-3111
Use of the Health room
We encourage students to access the health services provided, but the following rules must be followed:
Emergencies and special needs will be dealt with on an individual basis.
Unless a student has an obvious injury that needs medical attention between classes, NO IN BETWEEN CLASS VISITS—students must have a signed planner to report to the health room. The nurse will work with teachers to make sure students do not use the health room to avoid classroom responsibilities.
Maximum 20 minute visit to the health room or as determined by the health nurse.
Students may visit the health room at lunch only with a pass or notification via walkie talkie from the lunch room monitor.
Students may schedule appointments to see the nurse by signing the list outside of the health room. If it is an emergency, report the issue to the main office so that students can receive help right away.
Maryland immunization requirements mandate that students enrolled in 7th grade must show proof of TDAP and Meninngicoccal vaccines. If you have a child in 6th grade this year your student will be affected by these immunization requirements.
Tdap vaccine is required for preteens in 7th grade for protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). Protection provided by the DTa vaccine received in childhood wears off as kids get older, so preteens and teens need a booster shot known as Tdap. Getting this booster not only protects preteens and teens, but also the people around them-especially little babies and elders. (Centers for Disease Control)
Meningococcal vaccine is required for preteens in 7th grade for protection against Meningococcal disease. Meningococcal bacteria can cause severe disease, including meningitis and sepsis, resulting in permanent disabilities and even death. (Centers for Disease Control)
Call your health care provider to make sure your child is current on required immunizations. You will need to provide documentation from your health care provider that your child has received a dose of Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine. Please send the required documentation to your child's school nurse.
All students must meet the immunization requirements or have a signed exemption form to be enrolled in Garrett County Public Schools. Contact your nurse if your child has a bonafide religious objection or a permanent or temporary medical contraindication documented by your primary care provider. Your child’s school nurse will be able to answer any questions you might have.
3 OR 4- DTAP
7TH and 8TH GRADE:
1 OR 2-VARRICELLA
3- HEP B
* 1- MENNINGOCOCCAL
* Please note that these two immunizations must be obtained prior to entering 7th grade
A child enrolling into the Garrett County public school’s pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, or first grade that currently resides, or has previously resided, in an at-risk area shall provide certified documentation of the child’s blood lead testing. As of October, 2015, all of Garrett County is considered “at risk” and all children born on or after 1/1/15 must be tested for lead at 12 and 24 months.
Printable lead form- LEAD FORM
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.
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