Southern

Middle School

Cover Art Slider

Slider image 1 of 1. Southern Middle School
Southern Middle School
Grades 6 - 8

Nurse

Contact Information:

Nurse
Megan Corby, RN
Phone: 301-334-8881
Fax: 301-334-2315
email: megan.corby@garrettcountyschools.org

 

Message Board

Christmas
As we enter the holiday season, please continue to monitor for COVID symptoms and be aware of any exposures. If you have any questions regarding illness or exposure to COVID, please call Mrs. Corby at 301-334-8881.
 
We are also seeing positive cases of strep and flu in our school, along with positive COVID cases. As always, the best practice to stay healthy is to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You should stay home if you aren't feeling well and talk with your PCP for futher guidance.

COVID-19 Protocols/Updates:

 
 
If your child has been exposed to a positive case of COVID or is having COVID like illness, testing is available at any GCPS school. Mrs. Corby conducts testing at Southern Middle School daily from 9:00-2:30pm. Please call Mrs. Corby to arrange testing at 301-334-8881.
 
Garrett County Health Department holds weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinics at their Oakland office on Tuesdays from 8:30-3:30. Please call 301-334-7770 to schedule an appointment or visit: COVID Vaccination Appointment.

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.
 
 

Lead Testing

Evidence of blood testing is required for all students who reside in a designated at risk area when first entering Pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 1st grade. The blood-lead testing certificate (DHMH 4620) or another written document signed by a Health Care Practitioner shall be used to meet this requirement. (All of Garrett County is designated as an at risk area.)
 

Immunizations

Vaccine
 
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.
 
PRE-KINDERGARTEN (3 year old and 4 year old):
  • 4 dtap
  • 3 Polio
  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 1 MMR
  • 1 Hib
  • 1 Prevnar
  • 1 doses of Varicella or History of Chickenpox
  • Must have a second dose of MMR and Varicella by age 5 to remain in school)
KINDERGARTEN:
  • 4 Dtap
  • 3 Polio
  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 2 MMR
  • 2 Varicella or documented history of chickenpox
7TH 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

Vision and hearing screenings are routinely provided to all students in grades Pre-K, K, 1st and 8th. Screening is also 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……
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.
 
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
  • 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 a note to excuse your child from school. If your child does not see a Dr., please send a parent note with your student when he/she returns to school. If your child is ill, keep them at home. This allows your child to recover in the comfort of their home and helps to prevent the spread of illness to their classmates.
 
 

Chronic Illness

Asthma

Seizures

Diabetes

Allergies

Food allergies
 

ADD/ADHD

Resource Links