School Health Services Overview

School Health Services in Frederick County Public Schools are delivered by the Frederick County Health Department, utilizing a cluster model of service delivery. School nurses are Registered Nurses (RN) who serve as the leaders of the school health team in each school. Each school nurse supervises and provides health services for 2 to 3 schools. A dedicated Health Room Technician (HRT) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is assigned to every school health room and carries out day to day operations of the school health room. HRTs and LPNs are responsible for the following:

  • Providing first aid to students in need
  • Responding to medical emergencies within the school
  • Administering required treatments and medications to students
  • Communicating with parents as needed
  • Reporting to the school nurse

Health Room Technicians (HRTs) are Certified in School Health Services as Nursing Assistants (CNA) and Medication Technicians (CMT) by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

The LPN is an independently functioning nurse who is supervised by the Registered School Nurse. LPNs are assigned to some school health rooms instead of an HRT. In addition to the responsibilities above, the LPN performs nursing tasks and augments nursing services that can’t be delegated to HRTs.

Medications / Treatments

If medication or treatment is necessary during the school day, the parent/guardian(s) must provide a written order from the student’s healthcare provider for all prescription and over-the-counter medications or treatments.

Medications must be transported by an adult and provided to the school in the pharmacy bottle, correctly and completely labeled. Over-the-counter medication must be in the original, unopened container. Medications sent in envelopes, plastic bags or daily reminder containers cannot be administered.

Health Topics

Head Lice

Additional Health Topics, Policies and Regulations

Contacts

Jenifer Waters
Health Services Specialist

(301) 644-5286
Fax:  301-644-5020

Kay O'Hara
Secretary

(301) 644-5288
Fax:  301-644-5020

Resources

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Back to School Immunization Requirement

Health Forms