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Required Vaccinations

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope you are enjoying the summer break!

We would like to remind you that all new students as well as returning students entering SEL, Grade 5 and Grade 9 are required to have a new Heath Inventory Forms to be on file in the nurse’s office. Additionally, for the school year 2015/2016, the Maryland Department of Health requires that all students in SEL and Grade 1 have at least two doses of Varicella Vaccine (unless they have had an active outbreak) and all students entering 7th and 8th grade have a single dose of Tdap and a single dose of Meningococcal (MCV4). These Health Forms for the School Entry Level through grade 12, along with the current vaccine requirements can be found on the school website under ADMISSIONS > Forms in the “Health Forms” tab towards the bottom of the page.

For preschoolers, the appropriate Heath Forms and vaccine requirements by “current age” can also be found on our website ADMISSIONS > Forms in the “Health Forms” tab towards the bottom of the page.

Please turn in all required health forms and proof of current vaccinations to the nurse’s office on or before November 15, 2015.  If your child has had the required immunizations outside the U.S., the Health Department will accept a copy of the immunization book as proof of vaccinations. The Health Department will be visiting our school on December 1st, 2015 and they will inspect all student records.  If your child is not up to date on vaccinations, the inspectors can take measures to have your child exempt from attending school in Montgomery County. 

If your child has any special health concerns such as anaphylactic allergic reactions, asthma, diabetes, etc. or will require medication during the school day, please bring in appropriate medications and proper administration documentation signed by a healthcare professional to the nurse’s office on the first day of school. The form Authorization to Administer Prescribed Medication must be turned in along with any prescribed medication that you would like administered during the school day.  An Anaphylaxis/Severe Allergy/Food Allergy Health Care Plan must be filled out for any child having these conditions. These forms can be found on our website under ADMISSIONS > Forms in the “Health Forms” tab towards the bottom of the page.

Please remember that students are not permitted to carry or self-administer any type of medication/ supplement during school hours or activity unless the parents or guardians submitted the Self-Carry / Self-Administration of Emergency Medication Authorization/Approval form to the nurse. The only exceptions are asthma inhalers and epinephrine auto injectors. The nurse’s office keeps a stock of over the counter medications on hand and these can be administered according to dosage package instructions with your permission.  The medications in the nurse’s office include Advil/Ibuprofen, Tylenol/Acetaminophen, Claritin/Loratadine, Benadryl, Tums, Bacitracin Ointment, Calamine Lotion or Benadryl Cream, Medicaine Swabs and Cough Drops. Please fill out the permission form if you wish your child to receive any of the listed medications. This form is also on the school’s website under ADMISSIONS > Forms in the “Health Forms” tab towards the bottom of the page.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me by email, djackson@dswash.org or in my office at 301.767.3814.  If you have an urgent question, please feel free to contact me at 240.603.6768 throughout the summer break.

Sincerely,

Denise Jackson, RN

School Nurse

301.767.3814

djackson@dswash.org

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