Hollywood has a full time nurse who strengthens the educational process by monitoring and supporting the health of students. Your school nurse also provides vision and hearing screening for all students upon entering the school system and in first and eighth grades. Parents and school staff concerned about a student’s vision and/or hearing may also refer the student for screening by the school nurse.
The School Nurse reviews immunization records, which must be in accordance with Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Required vaccinations for grades K-5 include:
· 4 DPT (diphtheria)
· 3 Polio
· 2 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
· 1 Varicella (Chickenpox) or proof of disease (physician documented)
· 3 Hepatitis B
Preschool/Prekindergarten also are required to have:
· Hib – one dose after 12 months of age/first birthday
· Pneumococcal Conjugate – one dose
Students with incomplete immunizations must have an appointment date for needed immunizations no later than 20 calendar days from the date of entrance.
In order for your child to enter a Maryland public school for the first time, a physical examination by a physician or certified nurse practitioner must be completed either nine months prior to entering the public school or six months after entering the system. In addition, parents are responsible for information the school about their child's educationally relevant health history, including, but not limited to, such health concerns as chronic illness, allergy and physical disability. A form will be provided at the time of registration to be completed for the school nurse.
Specific guidelines are in place for those students who require medication during school hours. These guidelines are found in the school handbook (pg.4). Parents must obtain a written order from the attending physician using the appropriate form (PS 109- Appendix 3 pg. 58) for both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Parents are to transport medications to school; no medications are to be carried by students.
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