Student Handbook - Harford County Public Schools

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Student Handbook - Harford County Public Schools

administraon, health care provider’s name, me and frequency

of administraon and date of order. Parents/guardians must

also provide wrien authorizaon to administer medicaon to

their child. For your convenience, a form is available from the

school nurse. No medicaon may be administered to a student

without the required health care provider’s order and parent/

guardian permission. Faxed medicaon orders are acceptable.

In some circumstances, orders wrien on health care provider’s

leerhead or prescripon pad is acceptable.

• The parent/guardian should give the first dose of any new

prescripon or over the counter medicaon at home (except for

emergency medicaon, e.g. Epi-Pen®).

• Medicaon must be in its original prescripon bole, properly

labeled by the pharmacy. Pharmacies can provide a second

labeled bole to accommodate medicaons that are given at

school. Siblings may not share medicaon.

• Discreonary medicaons are available for occasional use only to

students who have a signed permission slip on file in the health

suite. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, diphenhydramine, antacid

tablets and cough drops may be administered under the ordered

protocols of the physician from the Harford County Health

Department and at the discreon of the school nurse.

• Over-the-counter medicaons that are required on a more than

occasional basis must be accompanied by an order from an

authorized health care provider and supplied and transported to

the health suite by the parent/guardian.

Parents/guardians or their designee must bring the medicaon to the

school personally. Students are not permied to carry medicaon on

school buses or the school grounds. Under extenuang circumstances

there may be excepons. This is for the safety of all students.

• If the health care provider feels that your child must carry and

self-administer either an inhaler or Epi-Pen®, please have the

health care provider complete the “Permission for Students to

Carry/Self Administer Medicaons” form, stang the medical

necessity for carrying the medicaon. The parent/guardian

must also sign the form. This completed form must be given to

the school nurse. The school nurse will nofy all appropriate

personnel when such excepons are granted, including bus

drivers. A copy of this form will be retained in the student’s

confidenal health folder. The Contract for Self-Administraon of

Medicaon must also be completed. Back-up medicaons must

be kept in the health suite.

• No medicaon will be stored over the summer. The parent/

guardian must pick up all medicaon by the end of the school day

on the last day of school. Any remaining medicaon not picked

up by a parent/guardian will be destroyed. No medicaon will be

sent home with a student.

• A new health care provider’s order and parent/guardian

permission form is required for medicaons at the beginning

of each new school year, and for any changes during the school

year.

Students are permied to carry cough drops, but must have

wrien parent/guardian permission. No health care provider’s

order is required.

The following measures are taken to ensure the safety of the student

taking medicaons.

• All medicaons are kept in a locked cabinet in the health suite at

all mes.

• Medicaon must be taken in the presence of the school nurse,

principal, or designee.

• Records are maintained documenng the medicaon taken,

date, me, and the person who administered it. Immunizaon

requirements can be found on page 13.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

All nine middle schools offer

comprehensive programs of

study designed to meet state

grade level and graduaon

requirements. Harford

County middle schools offer

a wide and varied range of

extracurricular and club related

acvies. These can include

experiences in music, drama,

fine arts, publicaons, and

areas of student interest. For

more informaon on a specific

school, visit www.hcps.org.

RESOLVING SCHOOL CONCERNS

Academic

Academic quesons or concerns should first be discussed with the

student’s classroom teacher at a face-to-face conference or over

the phone. If the issue cannot be resolved at this level, you should

contact the following personnel, in the order listed, unl a resoluon is

achieved:

• Your student’s teacher

• Assistant Principal

• Principal

• Execuve Director of Elementary School Performance, Execuve

Director of Middle School Performance or Execuve Director of

High School Performance

• Superintendent (the Superintendent may direct a designee to

respond to the concern)

• Board of Educaon of Harford County

Athlec/Extracurricular

High school athlec and extracurricular quesons or concerns should

first be discussed with the school’s athlec director, group sponsor

or team coach at a face-to-face conference or over the phone. If the

issue cannot be resolved at this level, you should contact the following

personnel, in the order listed, unl a resoluon is achieved:

• Principal

• Supervisor of Athlecs (for athlec concerns)

• Execuve Director of High School Performance

• Superintendent (or designee)

• Board of Educaon of Harford County

Disciplinary or Other School-based Concerns

Disciplinary or other school quesons or concerns should be first

discussed with the school assistant principal at a face-to-face

conference or over the phone. If the issue cannot be resolved at this

level, you should follow the same order listed above unl a resoluon is

achieved. Please refer to the Discipline Policies on page 18.

Grievance

Students have the right to seek changes in school policies and rules.

Students also have the right to air grievances related to school policies

and rules through a democracally elected representave student

government.

A principal’s decision may be appealed. Only in those cases wherein the

rights of students, as defined in this document, are allegedly violated

may an appeal be made beyond the school to the Superintendent

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