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The Washington County Public Schools School Health Program promotes optimal health and safety among our students to support achievement of academic success. In addition to our students, our staff and community are also an important part of our focus for a healthy and safe environment and self. In collaboration with Meritus Medical Center, WCPS provides health services and health education in each of our schools.
If a medication or treatment is necessary during the school day, the parent/guardian(s) must provide a written physician order from the student’s healthcare provider for all prescription and over-the-counter medications or treatments.
Medications must be transported by an adult and provided to the school in the pharmacy container, correctly and completely labeled. Over-the-counter medication must be in the original, unopened container. Medications sent in envelopes, plastic bags or daily reminder containers cannot be administered. No medication may be expired.
Any equipment/supplies necessary for treatments must be provided by parent/guardian(s).
Health Forms for Enrollment
All children need to have an up-to-date copy of immunization records to be enrolled in, and to attend, school. By the first day of school, students will need to have proof of having received all required immunizations or a documented appointment to receive any required immunizations within 20 calendar days to remain in school.
Childhood lead poisoning is a preventable environmental disease. Children exposed to lead can develop physical and behavioral problems as well as learning disabilities. All children who currently live or have ever lived in the targeted ZIP Codes enrolled in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade must show evidence of blood lead testing. To comply with the law, parents/guardians must complete the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Blood Lead Testing Certificate.
A physical examination by a physician or certified nurse practitioner must be completed within nine months prior to entering the public school system or within six months after entering the system.