School Health Services

  • School Health Services enhance academic achievement and student well-being through the provision of a comprehensive school health services program. School nurses function as a part of the school's multidisciplinary team to bridge the gap between health, wellness, and learning. Program emphasis is directed toward the prevention of disease and promotion of health, utilizing health services, health counseling, and health education. Many students are at risk of not succeeding in school because their chronic illness may interfere with attending school. School nurses support them in attending school and help reduce interruptions to their learning. School nurses also identify and provide plans and treatments for students with special health needs. School Health Services partners with parents/guardians, healthcare providers, and community resources to help students succeed in school.

    Play Hard Live Clean

    Infographic highlighting the store monitor secure campaign from the GCHD.

    High School Students:
    Play Hard, Live Clean is a continuation of the Garrett County Drug-Free Communities Coalition designed to engage local youth by utilizing a drug-free pledge. This campaign is coordinated by the Garrett County Health Department’s Health Education and Outreach Unit.
    High school students can go to the Garrett County Health Department website to take the pledge. Seniors can apply to be selected for a scholarship.

    Parent/ Guardian Resources


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    It is extremely important for you to check your child’s head regularly. Visit the Centers for Disease Control website for more information.  You can also contact your child’s school nurse with questions.

    The best way to prevent transmission of head lice:
    • Teach children not to share combs, brushes, hair ornaments, hats, caps, scarves, headsets, or any other personal headgear.
    • Do not try on other people’s hats (even in department stores).
    • Teach children to hang coats separately, placing hats and scarves inside the coat/jacket sleeves.
    • Clean or disinfect shared headgear (i.e., helmets) with Lysol® or rubbing alcohol before being used by others.

    Stay Healthy By Knowing The Facts

    To help avoid getting or spreading diseases such as influenza and other illnesses, follow these simple tips from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. To stay healthy, washing your hands correctly is the most important thing you can do.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, sharing cups, or eating utensils with sick people.
    • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children home from school if they are ill.

    Attention Parents/Guardians of 5th and 6th Grade Students

    It's not too early to start planning to ensure your child's immunization requirements are up-to-date by 7th grade. Your child must have proof of one dose of Tdap and one dose of Meningococcal vaccine by the start of their 7th-grade year to attend school. Please send documentation to the school nurse if your child has already received these immunizations. If not, it isn't too early to see your healthcare provider.