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Office of School System Medical Officer

Supporting the school district through health expertise, health partnerships and health-focused community engagement.

Our mission is to help the school community work together to understand and elevate the health and well-being of students, their families, and staff, through collaboration, innovative health initiatives, and programmatic support.


We believe that...

  • A comprehensive and proactive approach to school health plays a key role in maintaining a climate of true academic excellence
  • The health and well-being of students, and the families and staff who support them, is critical to their full academic engagement and success.
  • Unmet health needs and health-associated barriers to school engagement contribute to gaps in academic achievement, and that addressing health needs and barriers within the scope of the school system’s work promotes equity in the teaching and learning environment
  • In our school community, everyone has a role in protecting and promoting health and well-being, for themselves and those around them

Girls' Summit

Satuday, October 21, 2023

9am - 1pm at Clarksburg HS

Inviting all MCPS families to the MCPS Girls’ Summit. Join us for informative workshops geared towards middle and high school girls on a variety of current topics. Attendees will also get a chance to network with each other, participate in fun activities and enjoy a fashion show presented by White House Black Market celebrating diverse body types!

Sessions will be provided in both English and Spanish and will be organized by grade level.

Topics include:

  • Healthy relationships/dating violence
  • Social media use and mental health (including cyberbullying)
  • Self-esteem
  • Identifying symptoms of depression & anxiety
  • Non-suicidal self-injury and suicide (how to get help)
  • Healthy eating
  • Body image

SSL hours available for students 
Narcan training & distribution on site

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MCPS 2023 Girls' Summit


One Pill Can Kill & No One Is Immune

Dr. Kapunan's Message on Fentanyl Prevention

Fentanyl Message (Spanish)

Meet Dr. Patricia Kapunan

Meet the new MCPS School System Medical Officer (SSMO), Dr. Patricia Kapunan

In this episode of MCPS Waymaking, the new School System Medical Officer (SSMO), Dr. Patricia Kapunan, joins Dr. Chester to discuss the role and responsibilities of this new position within the school system and how she will help lead in matters related to the health and well-being of MCPS students and staff.

Health Information

The internet is a great way to share knowledge, but finding useful health information online can be challenging. Good health information should be understandable, up-to-date and reliable. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers a useful guide on how to find reliable health information online.



Health information for teens and young adults (Boston Children’s Hospital) An easy to navigate website geared towards girls, with many health topics from the Office on Women’s Health.

Nemours Foundation has websites for both teens and younger children.





The MCPS Employee Wellness Program within the Employee and Retiree Service Center (ERSC) offers many health education opportunities and programs for employees, and support navigating employee health benefits.

  • The Well Aware Wellness Toolbox makes it easy to find free health classes, wellness discounts, and other health-related resources.
  • Check out Wellness News for resource highlights and ongoing activity challenges.

In addition to confidential counseling and consultation, the MCPS Employee Assistance Program offers mental health and well-being education for staff, including:

General health information:

School Health and School Health Services

School Health Services

MCPS partners with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) School Health Services program.

DHHS staff provide health services to students in school health rooms and school-based health clinics.

Be Well 365

Be Well 365 incorporates a comprehensive approach to student health and wellness.

The Be Well 365 website describes the programs and people supporting its six essential focus areas, and provides links to local wellness resources for specific schools.

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MCPS Health & Wellness

For additional detail about health and wellness curriculum and supports in MCPS, refer to the Health and Wellness page.

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