Frederick County Health Department
School Health Program
Each school has a School Nurse and a Health Room Technician. The Nurse is not at the school everyday, in most cases your child will be seen by the Health Room Technician.
Immunizations: Your child is required to have certain immunizations before entering school. Your child will not be able to attend school until a completed immunization record is made available.
Important Signs of Illness:
If these symptoms persist for more than 24 hours, you should contact your child’s physician. If your child comes to school with these symptoms and goes to the health room, you may be called to come pick up your child.
Physical Examination: A physical examination is required for all students entering the Maryland Public School System. There are 2 parts to the Health Inventory Form. Part I is to be completed by the parent/guardian. Part II of the form is to be completed and signed by your child’s physician at the time of the examination.
Medications: A medication Authorization Form must be filled out and signed by your physician for each and every medication to be given at school, even over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, eye drops, etc. To obtain copies of the Medication Forms go to www.FCPS.org. Click on Departments, then click on to Health Services, and then scroll down to Forms. You then can click onto Medication or EpiPen to get the required forms. Medications must be sent in the correctly labeled prescription bottle or original over-the-counter bottle or package, which is UN-OPENED. No Baggies containing medication will be permitted. Students are not permitted to carry any medications to school, from school or during school. This is FCPS policy. Parents/Guardians are to transport all medications.
Emergency Cards: Emergency cards will be distributed at the beginning of the school year. Be sure that they are completed, signed and returned as soon as possible. Then notify the school with changes as they occur i.e. phone numbers, daycare and emergency contact people. Many times in an emergency, we are unable to reach parents/guardians because the information we have is not correct or missing.
Hand Washing/Germs: To help your child reduce their exposure to germs, you may want to review good hand washing techniques and practice these techniques with them. (i.e., before meals, after playing, after sneezing/coughing into their hands, or when visibly dirty).
Sleep: Please make sure your child gets enough rest. Most studies have found that school age children require 8 – 12 hours of sleep.
Eating: Food plays a very important role in brain activity. Please make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast before they leave the house and that arrangements are made for a nutritious lunch.
Please feel free to call the health room with any questions you may have concerning your child’s health. We can be reached at: 240-566-0210.