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Managing your child’s health at school

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Flu Alert

Nationwide and in some HCPSS schools, staff are seeing a high number of students with gastrointestinal and/or flu-like symptoms. We are monitoring the situation closely, and are working to assure the health and safety of all our students and staff. Please review these recommendations if your child becomes ill, and contact your child’s doctor as soon as he or she experiences any symptoms. Find out more →

Healthcare Forms for Enrollment

Based on your student’s age and upcoming grade, the following should be completed by your child’s healthcare providers before scheduling an enrollment meeting with your child’s school.

Learn more about the enrollment process →

All students

Physical Exam – required for students who have never attended a Maryland Public School, including Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten.

Immunization Form – required for students who have never attended a Maryland Public School, including Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Proof of immunizations from a Maryland school outside of Howard County can also be used. Learn more about immunizations requirements

Dental Exam – HCPSS strongly urges families to have children visit their dentist at least once a year, please have your dentist examine your child and complete this form before registration.

Lead Testings

Lead Testing Form – required for enrolling a child in child care, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or first grade.

Frequent Health Topics


Students can take their medications, whether prescribed or over the counter, in the health room during the school day.

Learn about our medication procedures and complete a form to get medications to school →


EpiPens must be provided by parents for use during school hours. Additionally, parents can notify the school about food allergies and accommodations can be made.

Read about our allergy procedures and fill out a form →


If a student is diabetic there are a few extra forms to fill out and the school requires a notice from a family physician.

Find out more about how your student can manage their diabetes at school →

Telehealth at Elementary Schools

Telehealth services are currently offered at 7 of the 8 schools participating in the HCPSS Elementary School Model. The telehealth program, offered in partnership with Howard County Health Department, connects a child in the health room with a health care provider in another location. This allows children who need health services to be treated in school, so they miss less class time.

Read more about telehealth and watch a demonstration →

Field Trips

Student medications and diabetic management routines are still followed on overnight and school day field trips.

Paperwork for upcoming field trips are usually administered by the school, including medical procedure forms. However, to best prepare for an upcoming field trip, view the complete field trip procedures and forms packet.

Medications that are normally given during the school day do not need a new form filled out.

Learn more about getting other medications administered during field trips.

Diabetic student? Find out how to plan for an upcoming field trip.

Accident and Medical Insurance

Accident Insurance

The school system does not carry medical insurance for accidents that occur at school, including non-sport related injuries, such as trips and falls, physical education injuries, and recess/playground injuries. Thus, parents are encouraged to enroll students in the accident insurance program offered through HCPSS.

Learn more about how to obtain accident insurance.

Medical Insurance

The Maryland Children’s Health Insurance Program (MCHIP) is available for families, pregnant women, and children in need of medical insurance. Applications are available through the school health assistant or by contacting the Howard County Health Department at 410-313-7500.

Find out more about qualifying for MCHIP.