Attention rising 7th and 8th graders for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year, the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene requires all 7th and 8th graders in the state of Maryland have one Tdap and one Meningitis vaccine BEFORE entering school. Please make sure to have your student's vaccinations up to date before the start of the 2023-2024 school year. Contact your health care provider for an appointment or call Howard County Health Dept at 410-313-6300 to schedule appointment.
Your child may not be able to attend school until these vaccines are complete and the health room has a copy on file.
SEND PROOF OF VACCINES TO: BMMSHealthRoom@hcpss.org or BMMS Health Room, 4200 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City 21042
Please take a moment to review your family file to ensure accurate and current contact information is provided for the health room to access when they need to contact a parent/guardian. You can review your information via HCPSS Connect and select More Options tab on the left side of the page, then select Family File tab.
All HCPSS students and staff must stay home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease. Families, students and staff should perform daily health checks and stay home if they have symptoms of a communicable disease, including the seasonal flu, COVID-19 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). Families are encouraged to consider taking advantage of flu and COVID vaccines and boosters.
Use the following daily health assessment guidelines:
Students should NOT come to school if exhibiting any one of these symptoms:
+ Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
+ Generalized muscle aches with fatigue
+ Sore Throat
+ Difficulty Breathing
+ Diarrhea or Vomiting
+ Onset of a severe headache
+ Loss of taste or smell
Please use a thermometer to get an actual temperature reading before administering fever reducing medication.
Children must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before returning to school. If you administer fever reducing medication at home for a fever, you should not be sending your child to school. If your child has tested negative for COVID, but is still exhibiting symptoms your child SHOULD NOT be sent to school until they are feeling better or the improvement of symptoms is clear without the aid of symptom reducing medications.
Lastly, please make sure you have updated your parent contact phone numbers and your emergency contacts in Synergy.