Welcome!!

Park Hall has a full time registered nurse to assist you and your family each and every day. The school nurse is your child's health advocate.  We 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 PK through the 1st grade.   Within six months of school entry, proof of a physical examination is required.  You may find details and the necessary forms on the provided links below or at our school.  All new students and 1st graders will also have vision and hearing screenings done in the health suite.  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. 
 
Sick Today? 
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.
 
Please keep your child home if he or she:
• Has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher within past 24 hours
• Has been vomiting within 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.
 
Keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and expose others unnecessarily to illness.
 
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.
 
Please see the following links:
Back to School Immunization Requirements
Physical Form
St. Mary's County Health Department
Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
 
Donations??
The Health room is always in need of boys and girls clothing size 6 to 10, including underwear, as well as tissue, hand sanitizer, and sandwich size ziplock bags. Donations are accepted during regular school hours. Thank you in advance for your support!
My door is always open. If there is something I can do for you or your family, please feel free to contact me at 301-863-4054 x 3 or via email at eaballou@smcps.org
Have a happy and healthy school year!