Students may not possess, dispense, or distribute medication on their own. Prescription medicine must be accompanied with a physician order and dropped off by the parent or guardian. The medicine should be brought to school in the original container and include the name of the medicine, directions for use, time, strength, dose, name of ordering medical provider, and student’s name and grade. At the end of the school year, all medications must be picked up by the parent/guardian by the last day of school. Medicine not picked up will be disposed of.
Students are allowed to carry emergency medication such as an EpiPen or a rescue inhaler but need an order from the doctor allowing them to do so. The form Physician Instructions for Prescribing Medication is used and the box that says student may carry and self-administer medication is checked off.
All over-the-counter medicine provided in the health room is listed on the form Consent for Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medication. This form must be signed by both the parent and health care provider to be valid. The form needs to be renewed every school year.
Procedure for students who become ill during the school day
Students who become ill during the school day should report to their teacher prior to reporting to the health room. If the student’s symptoms are not COVID-related
, the student will be given a pass to present to his teacher upon returning to class. Students whose illness cannot be treated expeditiously by the nurse will have their parents notified by the nurse so that they may be picked up and taken home or to their physician. Students may not contact their parents and/or leave campus without release notification by the nurse. If your son drives to school and needs to leave early due to illness, both verbal and written permission from the parents to the nurse is needed to release your son. An email to firstname.lastname@example.org
should be sent by the parent to the nurse allowing their son permission to leave school early and drive himself home.
Procedure for students who become ill during the school day with COVID-like symptoms:
The student will be immediately sent to the nurse, who will bring him to an isolated area in the Health Room for evaluation. The School Nurse will call the student’s parent or guardian. Students must be picked up from school within 30 minutes of receipt of the call. If a parent or guardian is not reachable within the first two tries, the student’s emergency contact will be called. The Maryland Department of Health COVID Decision Aid
will be followed for what this student should do and who should be contacted.
All school policies and procedures for COVID-19 are found on our COVID-19 webpage.
Students must be kept home for the following:
COVID-19: Tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, exposed to someone with confirmed case of COVID in the past 14 days, student has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 according to Maryland Department of Health COVID Decision Aid
Fever: If your student has a temperature of >100 degrees orally and no other symptoms, and no known exposure to COVID, the student should be kept at home until he is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
Vomiting: Two or more episodes of vomiting in a 24 -hour period, and no other symptoms, the student should be kept home for 24 hours since he last vomited.
Diarrhea: Two or more episodes of diarrhea, and no other symptoms, please keep your son home for 24 hours
Drainage from the eyes: If your student has drainage from the eyes, associated with conjunctivitis (pink eye) your son must be kept home until under the treatment from a doctor.