Nurse's Office

Southern Middle School
Nurse's Office Southern Middle School
605 Harvey Winters Drive
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone 301.334.0765
Fax 301.334.2315

Healthy Living

How to keep your child healthy:


hand washing


Hand washing is the best way to keep your student healthy. Washing hands before eating and after using the bathroom are a few reasons to perform this. Hand washing should be done with soap and water and continued for 20 seconds. Kids might enjoy signing the ABC/Happy Birthday song while washing hands to ensure completeing 20 seconds.


When and How to wash your hands from the CDC


Communicable disease information

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


*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.

During the cold and flu season. If you or someone you know may need a flu shot, check with your doctor’s office to see what their clinic hours will be. Most pharmacies are also administering this vaccine.

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

Flu Table


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 health conditions:


The following forms may be printed and used to communicate (with the help of your childs primary care physician/speciality phyisician) any medication or treatments that may be needed while your child is in school.


Asthma-Please notify the nurse if your child has asthma. Also, have your childs doctor fill out the asthma action plan and medication order form so that the student can have a rescue inhaler at school.

Asthma Action Plan

Medication order form


Diabetes-Please notify the nurse if your child is diagnosed with Diabetes. The nurse and the appropriate staff will schedule a meeting to talk about care and delivery of supplies. Also, please have your Dr. fill out the Maryland Diabetes orders and Medication orders for Insulin, Glucagon, Glucose gel, Glucose tabs and any other medication your child may be taking while at school.

Maryland diabetes orders

Medication order form


Allergies- Please notify the nurse if your child has Food allergies. The nurse will collaborate with the cafeteria to assure there is another choice/option. The cafeteria does need an informational form signed by your childs doctor to make substitutions.

Food allergy form


Seizures- Please notify the nurse if your child is diagnosed with seizures or epilepsy. Also, have your childs physician complete and sign the seizure action form and medication form for emergency rescue medication. You may also like to give us my information by completeing the parent questionnaire form.

Printable seizure action plan

Parent questionnaire of a student with seizures.

Medication order form


ADHD/ADD-Please notify the nurse if your child has a diagnosis of ADHD/ADD. The Vanderbilt Assessment is below for you to print if your childs physician would like the teachers to fill it out. Also, even if your student is only on medication at home the nurse needs to be informed so that the Powerschool record is complete. Please notify nurse of any medication changes that occur throughout the school year.

Vanderbilt Assessment



It is extremely important for you to check your child’s head on a regular basis. Visit the centers for disease control webpage for more information . You can also contact your child’s school nurse with questions.

The best way to prevent transmission of head lice:

Teach children not to share combs, brushes, hair ornaments, hats, caps, scarves, headsets, or any other personal headgear.

Do not try on other people’s hats (even in department stores).

Teach children to hang coats separately - placing hats and scarves inside coat/jacket sleeves.

Clean or disinfect shared headgear (i.e., helmets) with Lysol® or rubbing alcohol before being used by others.


Garrett County Health Department

Dove Center