School Nurse: Tonya Hall 

The school nurse at Green Holly is here to take care of your children during their school day. We help ensure that they are safe and ready to learn.  The nurse's role involves making sure that immunizations are current and documented correctly, safely giving and storing medications as ordered by the physician, monitoring health needs of chronically ill children and providing emergency care and first aid.

 
Hand washing is the number one way to stop the spread of disease.  Twenty seconds of soap and water scrubbing before meals and after bathroom breaks is a great way to start this healthy habit.  Encourage this practice at home.
 
Regular school attendance is important, but please keep your child home if he/she is ill with a fever of 100.4 or higher, persistent vomiting, diarrhea, etc., to avoid spreading germs among others.  If they have a fever, they need to stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication and may need recuperation time afs well.  Don't forget to send a note with your child when he/she returns to school explaining the absence.  Please inform us of any extended absence due to surgery or illness so an alternative teaching program can be offered.
 
Vaccines for the seasonal flu are offered in the fall and permission forms are sent home for the initial dose and again for a booster dose if it is needed. H1N1 vaccines may be offered when it becomes available. It's sometimes hard to tell the difference between the cold and the flu.  
 
FLU
COLD
Sudden onset
Slow onset
High fever
Mild or no fever
Severe exhaustion
Mild exhaustion
Dry cough
Severe or hacking cough
Sore throat
Throat fine
Headache
No headache
Decreased appetite
Normal appetite
Muscle aches and chills
None
 
Medications: If medication cannot be given at home outside of school hours, we can give it at school if we have a completed medication form filled out by the doctor and the original container with the prescription label.  Cough drops and over- the- counter creams are considered medication!  The medication forms are available in the health office and in your student handbook.  For everyone's safety, students are not allowed to carry any medications in school or on the bus
 
Vision and hearing screenings are completed for all new students to SMCPS and all first graders.  You will be informed if your child has failed two attempts at a screening.  Difficulty hearing or seeing can impact a child's ability to learn, so it is very important to follow up with a doctor after we have sent you a referral. A screening can be completed at any time if you feel you child has problems hearing or seeing. Swish and Spit weekly fluoride rinse is funded by the Rotary Club and begins in October for 2nd through 5th graders.  Permission forms are sent home in September but a student may begin at any time during the school year. 

Immunization Form

Physical Form

St. Mary's County Health Department

Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Center for Disease Control and Prevention