Managing your child’s health at school
Flu Season Is Approaching
This October, HCPSS and the Maryland Partnership for Prevention again will offer flu clinics at all HCPSS schools. Details and forms are available online.
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.
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 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.
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.
If a student is diabetic there are a few extra forms to fill out and the school requires a notice from a family physician.
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.
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.
Diabetic student? Find out how to plan for an upcoming field trip.
Vision and Hearing Screenings in Schools
Howard County screens children new to the Maryland school system and those in Pre-K or Kindergarten, first and eighth grades.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Awareness and Screening
HCPSS and the Howard County Health Department (HCHD) have launched an awareness campaign to inform high school students about the risks of STIs and offer free, confidential screening tests and access to treatment. This initiative, “I Want the Kit” (IWTK), is co-sponsored and funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Health (MDH).
Accident and Medical 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.
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.
Aggregate Student Health Data Collection
As part of a Data Sharing Agreement with the Howard County Health Department (HCHD), HCPSS will collect bi-annually the program evaluation data, and share the data in the aggregate with HCHD for program evaluation purposes. Learn more about the aggregate data collected and shared with the Health Department →