Hello! My name is Shelley DeVaux, and I am the school nurse at Hampstead Elementary. I want to address CCPS policies related to health issues.
The Carroll County Public School System has set procedures and standards regarding when I must send a child home from school for illness. If your child exhibits vomiting, diarrhea, or a fever 100 degrees or higher, I must send him/her home. In addition, he/she cannot return to school the next day. The student must have a temperature below 100 degrees for 24 hours before returning to school without the use of medication. This is very important.
For instance, if your son or daughter has a temperature of 99 because you have given Tylenol to bring the temperature down, you must start counting the 24 hours after the Tylenol has worn off, 4-6 hours later. We believe this will help to prevent the spread of illness. In fact, if your child arrives at school the next day after being sent home the day before with a fever, we will notify you to pick up your child immediately.
If your child is sent home because of vomiting and/or diarrhea, it is important that you wait 24 hours after the last episode before returning him/her to school.
Unfortunately, lice are a fact of life among school aged children. If you discover lice on your child, please notify me as soon as possible. Keep your child home and treat with a medicated shampoo to kill the lice, and comb all of the nits out of his/her hair. CCPS no longer has a "nit-free policy" regarding lice, however, the removal of all nits will help to prevent re-infestation. The morning that your child returns to school, an adult must accompany the child to the health room, so that the child can be checked for live lice.
Health and Care Items:
Students are allowed to bring items to school that may help them to feel better if they are only slightly ill. Non-medicated cough drops are allowed, as well as lip balm and individual bottles of hand sanitizer. The students are NOT allowed to distribute any of the above to their friends or other students, however, and they must be kept in their desks or lockers. Please send in lip balm if your child gets severely chapped lips in the winter so that he/she does not miss class time coming to see the nurse for chapped lips. Also, please label all items sent to school with your child's name. A note to the teacher about cough drops would be very helpful as well, so that the teacher is aware.
Please send in a note to the teacher regarding every absence. If you can provide a specific reason for the absence, that is very helpful. In other words, instead of just writing: "Bobby was feeling sick", give us a little more information, such as: "Bobby had a bad sore throat and saw the doctor – he has strep, and is now on an antibiotic." Then if Bobby comes to see me that day, I already have the information that I need to know to treat him here in school. Doctor's notes are preferred for extended illnesses. You may also report an absence by calling the office in the morning prior to the start of the school day or by emailing absence notes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Restrictions related to Physical Education
If your child cannot participate in more than three consecutive physical education classes, a letter must be completed by the child's doctor and brought to school. If the letter does not include a return to full activity date, then the child will need a release note from the doctor in order for him/her to return to physical education classes.
Medications at School:
If at all possible, it is best for the student not to have to interrupt their school day to go to the nurse for a dosage of medication. If the doctor is starting a new medication for your child, ask if it is possible to time it outside of the school day. (For example: If a medicine is due three times a day: Give one dose in the morning before school, one directly after school, and one at night.) If that is not possible, a two-page medication consent form must be filled out, signed by both parent and doctor, and the medication must be brought to school by the parent in a box/bottle with the Rx label on it, listing dosage, child's name, and the time it is to be administered.
Medication Consent Page 1 Medication Consent Page 2
In addition - and this is very important - if your child is on a routine medication for ADHD, and the medication is changed….please do NOT start the new medication on a school day. Some medications have serious side effects, and it is best for the child to start a new med on the weekend, so that you as a parent are able to observe closely for any adverse effects caused by the medication. If you cannot wait for the weekend, please keep the child home and just call me to let me know that you are starting a new medication and that you are observing your child at home that day. We will work with you to get make-up work, etc. Please send a new signed medication form and a new bottle which has the changes printed out.
If you are sending non-prescription medications for occasional use, such as Benadryl or Tylenol, please try to send in chewable tablets, as opposed to liquids. These medications will be sent on field trips, and the chewable tablets make it much easier for transport.
The only medication that can be given without a physician's order/signature is Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in a children's dosage. All other medications, including homeopathic products, must have a doctor's signature for administration.
Please send a change of weather appropriate clothes for your child to keep in their locker. Children often have spills, bathroom accidents, slips in the mud, etc. and need to change their clothing. We have a limited supply of clothing to loan in the nurse's office, but if the clothes haven't been returned by others, then your child having extra clothing with them will alleviate me having to call you to bring them clothes. If your child has borrowed clothes, please wash and send the clothes back to the nurse so they will be available for the next time they are needed. Underwear cannot be reused so we ask that you send a new pair to the health room if possible. An extra pair of socks and shoes is also recommended because bathroom accidents can soak their shoes as well.
If your child has a serious illness, such as asthma, or a food allergy that may result in an anaphylactic reaction, please supply me with the needed medication here at school to treat your child in an emergency.
If you have any questions or want to talk to me about any health issues that needs to be addressed, please call me at Hampstead Elementary. I am available Monday through Friday, from 8:44 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Additional Medical Forms available for downloading:
Maryland Schools Record of Physical Examination -
Health Assessment - Part I
Health Assessment - Part II Page 1
Health Assessment - Part II Page 2
MD Dept of Health & Mental Hygiene Blood Lead Testing -
MD State Management of Diabetes Form
Severe Allergy Reaction Form