Accident Elementary

A Maryland 4-Star Rated School

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  • Nurse

    Larah Savage, MSN, RN
    Phone: 301.746.8863 Ext. 1
    Fax: 301.746.8570
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Nurse Notes


    The Covid-19 vaccine is now available for children ages 5-11. If you are interested in getting your child vaccinated for Covid-19, you may contact your healthcare provider or the Garrett County Health Department. The vaccine is also available at some pharmacies in Garrett County. If you decide to get your child vaccinated for Covid-19, please send an updated vaccine record or copy of your child's vaccine card to the school nurse. This vaccination is NOT mandatory. If you have any questions regarding the Covid-19 vaccine, please call Nurse Larah.


    Covid-19 testing is available at Accident Elementary and FREE of charge to all students enrolled in Garrett County Public Schools. If your child is sick or has possibly been exposed to a Covid positive individual, please DO NOT send your child to school and contact Nurse Larah ASAP by calling the school or by email. Testing is available during the school day and only by appointment with the nurse.
    The GCPS Covid19 Dashboard is ACTIVE NOW. The dashboard is where you can find updated information on covid19 cases in GCPS as well as guidelines and testing information. The dashboard is updated every Thursday. As always, please contact your school with any questions.

    Student Illness:

    Students that have a sustained temperature of 100.4 or greater when using a “no touch” thermometer will be sent home. Student illness will be assessed by the nurse and GCPS policies will be adhered to. Students will be sent home if they display any signs of sickness that falls under the symptom screening of Covid-19. Parents will be notified immediately and will be required to pick up their child from school.
    Please monitor your child’s health prior to sending them to school. If your child is not well, DO NOT send them to school. Please be aware that every precaution will be taken when it comes to the health of the students and staff.
    This Student Screening Tool should be considered daily when sending a child/children to school. Students CANNOT be sent to school with illness in question. If the student arrives at school with any illness, the student will be screened and will be sent home if the nurse deems it necessary. Decisions will be made case by case in accordance to the CDC and GCPS policies and procedures.

    GCPS Guidelines For Acceptable Face Coverings for Students and Staff

    COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. You are wearing a mask to protect other people from your respiratory droplets and they are doing the same for you. This is known as source control.
    *Masks must be made of two or more layers of fabric.
    *Masks held on with ear loops are recommended over ties.
    *Masks must be worn so they cover your nose and mouth.
    *Masks must fit under your chin and fit snugly against your face.
    *Face shields are not a substitute for a cloth face covering.
    *Bandanas are not to be worn as a face covering.
    *Masks with exhalation valves or vents are not to be used.
    If needed, a free face covering can be provided that meets the GCPS guidelines.
    Documentation from a healthcare provider must be submitted if special face covering accommodations are needed.
    If the face covering worn by a student is deemed to be unsafe by the school’s health professional, a mask will be provided.

    Health information update:

    Please be sure to communicate any and all new medical information about your child to the nurse. Your child’s health is very important to us!


    If your child needs to take any medication during the school day, please contact the nurse to complete this process. All medication forms can be accessed at the school or here on the Garrett County Public Schools website (see below).

School Requirements

  • Physical Exam
    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. A Physical Examination form designated by the Maryland State Department of Education may be used.
    Lead Testing
    Evidence of blood testing is required for all students who reside in a designated at risk area when first entering Pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 1st grade. The blood-lead testing certificate (DHMH 4620) or another written document signed by a Health Care Practitioner shall be used to meet this requirement. (All of Garrett County is designated as an at risk area.)
    All students must meet the immunization requirements. Contact your nurse if your child has a bonafide religious objection or a permanent or temporary medical contraindication documented by your primary care provider. or have a signed exemption form to be enrolled in Garrett County Public Schools. Your child's school nurse will be able to answer any questions you might have.
    • 4 Dtap
    • 3 Polio
    • 3 Hepatitis B
    • 2 MMR
    • 2 Varicella or documented history of chickenpox
    7-12th GRADE:
    Please note that these 2 immunizations must be obtained prior to entering 7th grade in addition to the minimum vaccination requirements prior to entering Maryland Public Schools.
    • 1 Tdap
    • 1 Meningococcal
    In general, the administration of medication to students while they are in schools is discouraged. If a student must have medication while in school, treatment schedules which allow doses to be given at times other than during the school hours are preferred and encouraged. The medication must be provided to the school by the parent/guardian in the original container. The Medication Administration Form must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian and the prescribing health care provider. This includes any prescription medications and over-the-counter medications. Inhalers for asthma, insulin for diabetes, and auto-injectors with epinephrine for severe allergic reactions are all considered EMERGENCY MEDICATIONS. These medications can be carried and self-administered by the student when appropriate and with authorization from the prescriber, parent, and school nurse.
    Vision and hearing screenings are routinely provided for all students in grades Pre-K, K, 1st and 8th. Screening is also provided for new students and by those referred to by a teacher or a parent/guardian. If your child should show abnormal results, a letter of notification will be sent home with referral recommendations.
    Health Emergencies
    In the case of an emergency at school, the parents or guardian will be notified. If the parent/guardian cannot be reached, the emergency contact will be notified. Be sure to provide accurate and updated contact information. Changes/updates can be made by emailing or calling the school. If an emergency situation should arise and emergency medical services are needed, 911 will be called. Any and all measures will be taken to support the health and safety of the students.
    Please notify the school nurse immediately of any medical conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, seizures or life threatening allergies to such things as peanuts, other foods, insect bites or medications, which may cause an emergency situation with your child. Please provide the EpiPen and/or inhaler if ordered. The school nurse will work with you to develop a Health Care Plan to meet your child's health needs.
    When your child is sick...
    School attendance is important, but there are times when your child may need to stay at home. The following are guidelines that may help with making this decision should it become necessary.
    • Sore throat; unable to swallow with swollen, painful neck glands
    • Chills
    • Fever - a measured temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher
    • Headache plus one other symptom
    • Earache
    • Rash, unexplained
    • Flushed face, especially cheeks
    • Runny nose with thick white or greenish mucous
    • Severe cough, persistent enough to be disruptive or that causes vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Vomiting: 2 episodes in 24hrs. (If sick through the night, stay home.)
    • Reddened eye/s with discharge (pus)
    • Asthmatics who: Have a respiratory infection, fever over 100 degrees, wheezing or coughing that does not get better one hour after taking medication, weakness or fatigue that makes daily activities difficult, or breathing difficulty.
    Please feel free to consult the nurse by phone or email in the morning if you are unsure about keeping your child home.
    Signs and Symptoms Cold Influenza
    Onset Gradual Abrupt
    Fever Rare Usual
    Aches Slight Usual
    Chills Uncommon Common
    Fatigue, weakness Sometimes Usual
    Sneezing Common Sometimes
    Chest discomfort, cough Mild to moderate Common
    Stuffy nose Common Sometimes
    Sore throat Common Sometimes
    Headache Rare Common
    During flu season, if you or someone you know may need a flu shot, check with your doctor’s office to see what their clinic hours will be. The Garrett County Health Department as well as most pharmacies are also administering this vaccine.
    If you or your child experiences flu symptoms, contact your family doctor immediately. There are medications that may shorten the course and severity of the illness.
    Remember, your best protection from illness is to wash your hands frequently. If your child’s illness requires a doctor’s visit remember to get a note to excuse your child from school. If your child does not see a Dr., please send a parent note with your student when he/she returns to school. If your child is ill, keep them at home. This allows your child to recover in the comfort of their home and helps to prevent the spread of illness to their classmates.
    Chronic Illness
    Epilepsy Foundation

    Counseling/Social Work Services

    Susan Ort-Ulm, M.S., Ed.S - School Psychologist
    Connie Glotfelty, School Counselor
    Carrie Hook, LCSW-C - School Social Worker
    Aimee Slider, Behavior Coach

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