CJMS Health Room



Nurse - Brie Merritt    Brienne_B_Merritt@mcpsmd.org
Health Technician - Komal Melwani   Komal_A_Melwani@mcpsmd.org

School Health Services  (including School-Based Wellness Centers and forms)

Montgomery County School Health Services 


Form 525-13: Authorization to Administer Prescribed Medication

Form 525-14: Emergency Care for the Management of a Student with a Diagnosis of Anaphylaxis
Form SR-6: Health Inventory

Parents may email copies of all medical forms to the nurse, Brie Merritt at brienne_b_merritt@mcpsmd.org 

General Health Information


 Mandatory Immunization Requirements for Students 2018-2019

6th Grade Parents: Mandatory immunization requirements change when your child enters 7th grade

Pertussis Facts from the CDC  
Enterovirus D68 Update 9-17-14  

Tips for Germ Prevention

Important Update From MCPS Regarding Use Of Epipens In Schools:  Please read  Anaphylaxis and Opioid Awareness Letter from Mr. Taylor.

Note from the Nurse:  

 Here in the Health Room, we hope that everyone has a great Thanksgiving holiday - we are extremely thankful that we have such a great community with such caring and devoted parents and bright, enthusiastic students. 

    With the flu and cold season upon us, it is often a good idea to remind ourselves that kids need a lot of sleep to grow and stay healthy (often more than they think they do), so it is up to us as adults to keep to a consistent sleep schedule.  Kids need 9-10 hours of sleep in elementary school and 8-9 hours of sleep in middle and high school.  Getting enough sleep will drastically reduce the likelihood of getting sick during this season.  Keeping kids home when they are sick is also very important in reducing the spread of illness, as is washing hands and coughing/sneezing into your sleeve.  Remember the 24 hour rule for antibiotics - kids must stay home until they have been on an antibiotic for  at least 24 hours before returning to school.  I have attached a great flyer about Antibiotic resistance and overuse as it is the CDC's national antibiotic resistance awareness week (Nov 14th-21st). 


And another handy item:

                             Cold vs. Flu Comparison Chart






Usually Present



Usual, Often Severe



Fairly Common



Moderate to Severe

Sudden Symptoms

Symptoms appear gradually

Symptoms can appear within 3-6 hours


Hacking, productive cough

Dry, unproductive cough




Stuffy Nose



Sore throat



Chest Discomfort

Mild to moderate

Often severe






Note from the Nurse: 

The summer season will be here very soon and with the recent rain, we can expect mosquitoes to be out in full force.  This year it is of special concern as we are seeing several cases of the Zika virus in the U.S. which is known to be carried carried by mosquitoes.  There are cases of Zika virus already in Maryland, however, all cases are related to travel to countries already affected by the Zika virus. There are no locally acquired cases of Zika virus in Maryland. As mosquito season begins, the Montgomery County Health Department will continue to monitor developments and will communicate information as needed.  Residents can help themselves and the community by getting rid of mosquito breeding spots. Mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus prefer to breed in small containers close to residential areas.  Eliminate standing water in and around your home.  Throw out or empty and scrub items that hold water such as tires, buckets, flower pots and planters, toys, pools and birdbaths.  Dispose of trash such as plastic bags, bottle caps, open drink cans or bottles, and other trash items that may hold water.  Use air conditioning when possible and make sure screens on windows and doors do not have holes. Clean out roof gutters and down-spouts and eliminate folds and tarps, such as swimming pool covers, grill covers, that may hold water.  Drain water trapped in folds of tarps or covers and arrange so water runs off.  To protect against mosquito bites, cover up with long sleeves and pants and use recommended insect repellent when outside.  These mosquitoes that carry the virus are active during the day, so prevention and use of repellent and long sleeves will be important in reducing transmission and exposure.  Please contact the Health Room if you have any questions.

Best wishes for a healthy Spring and Summer!



HEALTH UPDATE from the School Nurse

It's officially almost summer and that means tick season!  Because of the warm winter and now warmer temperatures and lots of rain, we are seeing a large increase in the number of bugs this year, especially mosquitoes and ticks.  Ticks carry a number of diseases including the microbe that causes Lyme disease.  Lyme can be a debilitating disease if it is not treated early.  Many people do not even know that they received a tick bite, as the ticks often fall off before being noticed or are in areas not seen easily. If you see any of the following signs, immediately see your doctor and ask to be tested for Lyme disease:

1. A bite that causes a bulls eye rash

2. Fatigue of unknown origin that lasts for a several days

3. Muscle or joint pain

4. Fever or headache that persists and is not related to another illness


Lyme is treated with a long course of antibiotics and long term consequences can be avoided by early intervention, so please do not wait if you think you or child has been infected or are showing early symptoms of Lyme. 


Please call our Health Room if you have questions or visit the link below for more info:     http://www.cdc.gov/Lyme/


Thank you and have a wonderful and safe summer!


Brie Merritt Merritt , RN, SCHN


(240) 406-1571