Health Corner

During the school year, I will be conducting vision and hearing screenings for students.  These screenings include all new students, failures from the previous year who did not follow through with physician visits, and requests from teachers.  If you do not want your child screened, please notify  me.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has requirements for several immunizations.  When your child receives any immunizations during the school year, please send a copy of the physician’s record to me so they can be included in your child’s health record.

A physical exam is required for all students from out of state and entering a Maryland school for the first time.  This must be completed 9 months prior to entering the school or 6 months after entering the system.

The medication policy remains the same as in previous years.  School personnel, including the nurse, may not administer or provide any medication including over the counter medications,

such as cough drops.  Prescription medication can be administered only if the medication is in the original container with the student’s name and dosage appearing on the container.  A physician’s order must accompany the medicine and be signed by the physician and parent.  All medicines must be transported by an adult to school.

If your child has a need to be excluded from a physical activity, a physician’s note is required.  The note must indicate the length of time for exclusion and the activity to be excluded.

If your child experience any of the following symptoms, please do not send them to school:

EYES:  thick mucus or pus draining from the eye or pink eye (conjunctivitis)

FEVER:  temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

GREENISH NOSE DISCHARGE AND/OR CHRONIC COUGH:  should be seen by a health care provider.  These conditions may be contagious and require treatment.

SORE THROAT:  especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.

DIARRHEA:  3 or more watery stools in a 24 hours period especially if the child acts or looks ill.

VOMITING:  vomiting within the past 24 hours

RASH:  body rash, especially with fever or itching.  Diaper rashes, heat rashes and allergic reactions are not contagious.

LICE, SCABIES:  children may not return to school until they have been treated and are free of lice and nits (eggs).  Children with scabies can be admitted after proof of treatment.  Children must be cleared to return by the school nurse.

IF YOUR CHILD SHOWS ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO PICK HIM/HER UP FROM SCHOOL.

Children must be free of fever, diarrhea, vomiting for 24-48 hours without use of medication.

Ear infections without fever:  do not need to be excluded, but the child needs to get medical treatment and follow-up.  Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.

If you are interested in purchasing school insurance for the upcoming school year, call the school office.  This inexpensive policy covers accidents sustained during school and school-related functions.  The Board of Education does not carry accident insurance on students.

Please read your Worcester County Handbook/Calendar for further information or contact your school nurse with any questions about student health, school insurance, or health education (410-632-5247).

In service,

Allison Riddleberger

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