Nurse Notes

Deer Park Elementary School Health Room   
Kristen Vanneman-Gooding,R.N., School Nurse

Email : Mrs. Gooding Email    Phone: 410-496-3326

 Welcome to health room at Deer Park Elementary. The health room provides first aid,  care and comfort to students with illness or injury.  Please call the school nurse to  inform of any immunization updates,  health concerns, or changes in your child’s  condition. Changes in  condition can include things such as sprains, broken bones, etc.  These things often require accommodations in the school such as  limited  participation  in PE or recess.

Important Reminders 

When should your child stay home?

1. Fever:A temperature of 100.0° or higher orally. Your child may return to school after staying fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications). Please do not medicate a child with a fever and then send them to school. Please do not send them back early, even if they "feel better."

2. Vomiting/Diarrhea:Your child should stay home if he/she has vomited or has had more than 1 loose stool in the morning before school.Students who are sick with vomiting or diarrhea must stay home for 24 hours after the vomiting or diarrhea has ceased. Please do not send them back early, even if they "feel better."

3. Pinkeye:Conjunctivitis is very contagious. The white of the eye is reddened and uponawakening there is a “crust” around the outer eye. The eye usually itches and there is usually a thickened discharge from the eye. Contact your pediatrician and keep your child home. Upon returning, please bring a note from the doctor.

4. Chicken Pox:Chicken Pox usually start on the abdomen, back, chest, and under arms. Theblisters are red, fluid filled, and itch. Children can still get chicken pox even after having received the varivax. Your child should stay home until all of the blisters have scabbed over. Notify the school nurse.

5. Impetigo:Impetigo presents as blisters that have become infected by staph or strep.These blisters are usually found around the mouth and nostrils and become crusty and drain. Children with impetigo must be treated with an antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to school.

6. Ringworm:This fungal infection can occur anywhere on the body. It looks like a “bull’seye” with a white center and a very defined surrounding circular ring. It also is very contagious and must be treated with an antifungal medication for 24 hours before your child may return to school. Please notify the school nurse.

7. Strep:A child diagnosed with strep must be on an antibiotic for 24 hours and have a normal temperature before returning to school

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Discretionary Medication/Parent Contact

Important Links

BCPS resource: 
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Nutritional information:

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