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HELLO and WELCOME Gator Family!
Here on the YOUGH GLADES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL'S health page, you will find information regarding the health and safety of our students. Printable forms are also available for parent/guardians right here.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans' lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. The green ribbon is the international symbol for mental health. Show your support and WEAR GREEN!!
**Mental health is essential for a person's overall health.**
Pre-K and Kindergarten registrations will be held on Friday, May 27, 2022. To fulfill the health requirements for registration, each student must have their vaccination records, a physical exam, and lead screening submitted to the school nurse in order to complete the enrollment process. Please call the nurse with any questions regarding these items.
FREE COVID TESTING:
If You Have Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19:
The Garrett County Health Department is available for appointment only testing of patients with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 from 8:30 am to 3 pm on Monday through Friday at the Oakland office. Since these patients are symptomatic, a rapid antigen test will be performed. If the rapid test is negative, it will be reflexed to a PCR test. Testing will be done through the window of the patient’s vehicle.To schedule an appointment, patients should call 301-334-7697. This testing is limited to persons with symptoms.
The Covid-19 vaccine is now available for children ages 5-11. If you are interested in getting your child vaccinated for Covid-19, you may contact your healthcare provider or the Garrett County Health Department. The vaccine is also available at some pharmacies in Garrett County. If you decide to get your child vaccinated for Covid-19, please send an updated vaccine record or copy of your child's vaccine card to the school nurse. This vaccination is NOT mandatory.
Students CANNOT be sent to school with illness in question. If the student arrives at school, with any illness, the student will be screened and will be sent home if the nurse deems it necessary. Decisions will be made case-by-case in accordance to the CDC and GCPS policies and procedures.
**The Student Process Map is a good resource to refer to and lets you know what steps to take, should your child become ill.**
The GCPS Covid19 Dashboard is NEW and ACTIVE NOW. The dashboard is where you can find updated information on covid19 cases in GCPS as well as guidelines and testing information. As always, please contact your school with any questions.
*TIPS TO MAKE KIDS MORE COMFORTABLE WITH MASKS*
1. Model masks.
Wear your mask around your child. Talk about why you are wearing a mask. Look at photos with your child's favorite characters or other peope that wear a mask.
2. Customize your child's mask for comfort and style.
Have your child try on different masks to see what they like and feels best for them. Allow them to make a choice and get involved by decorating either a paper or fabric mask for use. REMEMBER that comfort is key.
3. Have a variety of masks that your child likes.
Use a different mask for different activities: for example, a cloth mask when going to the grocery store, and a paper mask for taking a walk around the block. Having several different masks allows for adequate laundering.
4. Have your child practice wearing their mask.
Start small and build up gradually, so your child feels relaxed and calm. Have your chid first hold the mask up to their face. Practice placing the loops around their ears, then covering their mouth and then their nose with the mask. Provide positive reinforcement throughout the process to end with success.
5. As often as possible, offer choices.
Give your child the opportunity on how and when to wear a mask: for example: "Do you want to wear your mask as soon as we get out of the car, or wait until we get to the door of the grocery store?" Remind your child that wearing a mask ISN'T a replacement for social distancing.
Help control the spread of respiratory illness by practicing good handwashing with either soap and water for 20 secs. or use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available, cleaning and disinfecting your environment frequently, covering respiratory secretions with either using your elbow or tissue, and staying home while sick.
PLEASE continue to follow the CDC guidelines to stay HEALTHY and SAFE.
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.
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.)
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)
- 4 Dtap
- 3 Polio
- 3 Hepatitis B
- 2 MMR
- 2 Varicella or documented history of chickenpox
Please note that these 2 immunizations must be obtained prior to entering 7th grade in addition to the minimum vaccination requirements prior to entering Maryland Public Schools.
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 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.
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 - a measured temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher
- 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.
Cold vs. flu table
|Signs and Symptoms
|Chest discomfort, cough
||Mild to moderate
If you or someone you know, needs a flu shot, check with your doctor’s office to verify their clinic hours. Additional options for vaccine administration include the local pharmacies and clinics offered by the Garrett County Health Department.
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!