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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.
By Garrett County Joint Information Center Team
The Garrett County Health Department is offering no-cost nasopharyngeal COVID-19 community testing beginning October 22, 2020. To be eligible for testing, individuals must be 18 years of age or under. In order to obtain a test, an appointment must be scheduled by calling 301-334-7770. Testing will be offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The parent, guardian, or of age individual will be contacted with results in a timely manner.
The Student Screening Tool should be considered, daily, prior to sending a child/children to school. 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.
With the beginning of flu season drawing near, it is important to remember that the strategies to reduce viral respiratory illnesses are similar for both influenza and COVID - 19. 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, and staying home while sick.
**GCHD FLU VACCINES - (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)**
The GCHD will be offering flu vaccines by APPOINTMENT ONLY. There will not be mass clinics, and walk-ins cannot be accomodated, in order to comply with COVID-19 precautions. To schedule a flu vaccine at the Health Department's Oakland location @ 1025 Memorial Drive or the Grantsville location @ 28 Hershberger Lane, call 301-334-7697 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and choose your preferred location. Flu vaccine administration will start the second week in October. Everyone is encouraged to get a flu vaccine as early as possible this year. So, if your doctor or pharmacy has it already, get it there. For more information, you may call 301-334-7770 or
TIPS TO REMEMBER:
Wear a face and nose covering, keep your hands away from your face, cover your sneeze or cough using the elbow area of your arm or tissue and practice social distancing of at least a 6' distance.
PLEASE follow the CDC guidelines to stay HEALTHY and SAFE.
*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.
If needed, a free face covering can be provided that meets the GCPS guidelines.
Documentation from a healthcare provider must be submitted if special face covering accommodations are needed.
If the face covering worn by a student is deemed to be unsafe, by the school’s health professional, a mask will be provided.
*PARENTS, GUARDIANS and CAREGIVERS*
Stay connected at a distance. Get emotional support, become empowered and be a stronger parent. Call the National Parent Helpline @ 1-855-427-2736. Hours of operation are: Monday through Friday 10 am PST - 7 pm PST.
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!