Allergy and Health Issues


OLPH School is in compliance with the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Regulations concerning drug safety, blood-borne pathogens, asbestos, lead, mercury, and radon.  An emergency response plan compliant with the Howard County Public School System is in place and an emergency response team, including administrators, teachers, nurses, office staff, and facilities manager has been trained.

Emergency Procedure Sheet

Every student must have an emergency procedure sheet on file in the school office.  Sheets are sent home at the beginning of the school year and must be returned promptly.  The office should be notified immediately of any change in address or phone numbers during the school year.

 School Day Illness/ Injury

Children with vomiting and/or diarrhea should remain home for 24 hours after the cessation of these symptoms.  Students who are ill and have a temperature over 100.4 degrees orally should remain at home until the temperature has been normal (while not using Tylenol, Advil, or other aspirin substitute) for 24 hours.

If a student is sent to the office and has a fever, is complaining of not feeling well, or is injured, his/her parent/guardian will be called and asked to pick the student up from school as soon as possible.  Parents/guardians must designate in writing anyone else who is permitted to take the student home.

If any injury to the head or any other serious injury occurs to a student, the nurse will call the parent and send home a report.  If the parent/guardian or alternative contact person cannot be reached in an emergency, the school will contact 911 for emergency assistance.

 Communicable Diseases

Parents must call the school if their child is diagnosed with a communicable disease.  The school must notify the Health Department.  All reports are confidential.  The following communicable diseases/conditions are necessary to report:  Measles (regular or German), meningitis, Hepatitis, Food Poisoning, Pediculosis (head lice), adverse reactions to Pertussis Vaccine, Lyme disease, Chicken Pox, T.B., Whooping Cough, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Impetigo, Human Immune Deficiency Virus Infection (AIDS and all other symptomatic infections).

Any student with drainage from the eyes, associated with conjunctivitis (pink eye) must be kept at home until treatment from a doctor.  A doctor’s note will be required for readmission to school.  A student with chicken pox may not attend school until all lesions are scabbed over.  Students are excluded from school for head lice.  A student may return to school when he/she is free of lice.  The student will be examined by the school nurse before being allowed to return to class.

 Allergies

Parents must notify the school of their child’s allergies, including food allergies.  School medication orders must be renewed each year by the physician and the order must be signed on or after July 1.  If the student carries an EpiPen, the physician’s order must state this requirement.

There is an allergy free lunch table provided in Harrison Hall for those children with severe allergies whose parents wish to have them sit at this table.  Friends of students may also sit at this table after agreeing not to send in products with allergens such as peanuts, nuts, and eggs.  A form is sent home for signature at the beginning of the school year.  We strongly encourage all parents to avoid packing lunches with peanut products, especially peanut butter, to minimize possible exposure to children with peanut allergies, as these allergies may be life-threatening.  Students are not permitted to share lunch items with other children.

 Medication

To insure that medications are legally prescribed and distributed in a controlled environment, no student may possess, administer, or distribute any medication, whether prescription or non-prescription.  Prescription medications that need to be given to the student during the school day must be accompanied by a signed Medication Order Form from the prescribing physician and be in the original container (a pharmacist will give a second labeled container for school use if requested).  THE FIRST DOSE OF ANY NEW MEDICATION MUST BE GIVEN AT HOME.  Medication and the physician’s specific instructions for administration of it are kept locked in the school office.  The school nurse administers the medication.  The parent/guardian should arrange to pick up any unused medication at the end of the school year.

The policy for over the counter (OTC) medication is according to standards that are mandated by the Howard County Health Department and the Nurse Practice Act of Maryland.  OTC medications cannot be dispensed without the written consent of the parent and the child’s physician.  A copy of the consent form is sent home and is available on the school web site.  Once it has been filled out and returned, students may be given the designated medications for occasional symptoms and parents are notified when their child has received an OTC medication in the health room.

 P.E. Participation

Students are expected to participate in physical education classes when scheduled.  If for some medical reason a student cannot participate, the parent/guardian must send a written note to the P.E. teacher requesting excuse.