Hello CPCS families!  

Here are a few things to keep in mind all school year.


Donations are always welcome for use in the Wellness Center including gently used uniforms, new underwear and socks, Hand Sanitizer (70% alcohol), Tissues, Disinfecting Wipes, Paper Towels, Dry Erase Markers, and Post-it Notes.

Head Lice Policy:

St. Mary's County Schools now has a No Live Lice Policy in keeping with recommendations of the America Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses.  Please see the attached document titled “Head Lice:  A Real Head Scratcher For Parents/Legal Guardians” and a letterfrom SMCPS for additional information.

Sick Day Guidelines:

While school attendance is vital to your child’s education, a sick child belongs at home.  Please review the Sick Day Guidelines below to assist you in making that decision.

Your child may need to stay home if he or she:

  • Has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher within the past 24 hours
  • Has been vomiting within the past 24 hours
  • Has symptoms that prevent him or her from participating in school, such as:
  • Excessive tiredness or lack of appetite
  • Productive coughing, sneezing
  • Headache, body aches, earache
  • Sore throat

A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat even if there is no fever. Other symptoms of strep throat in children are headache and stomach upset. Contact your pediatrician as your child needs a special test to determine if it is strep throat.

You may need to keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication. If your child does stay home, please make sure to send in a note upon his or her return.  Please refer to the SMCPS Student Handbook for further information regarding the Student Attendance policy.

Fit & Healthy St. Mary’s:

Fit & Healthy St. Mary’s is led by St. Mary’s Hospital’s Health Connections, and is comprised of community partners who are working together to develop comprehensive strategies that promote healthy eating, increased physical activity and health education.

The Role of the School Nurse:

School nurses are responsible for providing emergency services for injury and sudden illness, health appraisal and assessment, disease prevention and control, health counseling, environmental health and accident prevention, school/community health programs, health education lessons, and program evaluation and reporting.   

Please remember, it is very important we have current phone numbers on record for your family. Notify the school secretary immediately if there are any changes to your contact information. In the event of an emergency, having this information is vital.

Starting School?

There are three documents that are required of all students entering Maryland Public Schools.  Each student must have proof of receiving required, school-entry, immunizations before he/she can attend class.  We need evidence of blood lead screening/testing for all students entering K and 1st grade.   Within six months of school entry, proof of a physical examination is requested.  You may find details and the necessary forms on the provided links below or at our school.  All kindergarten and 1st graders will have vision and hearing screenings done in the health suite as well as student’s who are new to the area.  Parents will be contacted if further testing is necessary.  

Medications at School?

All prescription medication must be authorized by a physician (ask me for a form or see link below) and brought to school by an adult.  The medicines must be in the original pharmacy container.  Non-prescription medications can be given on two occasions without a physician order.  They too must be brought to school by an adult. 

Chronic Health Conditions/Severe Allergies?

Please alert your child's teacher and the school nurse of any health conditions that may impact your child's learning, daily activities, and safety at school.  Written documentation of such conditions is encouraged.  We will work as a team to create the best learning environment for your child. 

Helpful Links:

Medication Authorization Forms

Physical Form

Lead Form

St. Mary's County Health Department


My Life Check/7 Simple Steps:

My Life Check was designed by the American Heart Association with the goal of improved health by educating the public on how best to live. These measures have one unique thing in common: any person can make these changes, the steps are not expensive to take and even modest improvements to your health will make a big difference. Start with one or two. This simple, seven step list has been developed to deliver on the hope we all have--to live a long, productive healthy life. Visit http://mylifecheck.heart.org/ for more information.

As always, my door is open.  Please feel free to call, email, or stop by any time.  Stay well! 

Jan Boyce, RN
CPCS School Nurse
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