Assistive Technology is technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Assistive technology can include mobility devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, as well as hardware, software, and peripherals that assist people with disabilities in accessing computers or other information technologies. For example, people with limited hand function may use a keyboard with large keys or a special mouse to operate a computer, people with low vision may use software that enlarges screen content, or people with speech/language impairments may use a device that speaks out loud as they enter text via a keyboard or access pictures that correspond to language. Students at CCSS access language, content curriculum and environmental control through various Assistive Technology Devices. Teachers and staff are constantly striving to find the best device to meet the individual needs of each student.
The goal at CCSS is to help our students to communicate to the best of their ability. We work with each child to determine the best method of communication for that child. It may be using their voice, sign language, an AAC (alternative augmentative communication) device, gestures, and/or picture symbols. We want our students to become successful communicators within our society.
We provide speech/language therapy in various environments:
- Individual sessions in the speech room
- Group sessions in the speech room
- Group cooking lessons in the classrooms
- Group family life lessons in the classroom
- Classroom morning meetings
- Co-treatment with teachers, occupational therapist, physical therapist, when appropriate
- On field trips
Physical therapists in the school system develop and coordinate innovative therapy programs, protocols, and methods designed to meet the educationally-related needs of students with disabilities. We do this by assessing the student’s basic skills and abilities in gross motor function, balance, posture and movement, motor control and coordination, orthopedic status, developmental or functional activities, range of motion, sensory integration, and kinesthesia. We work on improving their tolerance of sitting, walking, standing and being able to participate in activities for physical education and art. When we are unable to help students engage in activities as their peers do, then we find alternative ways. We help with ordering equipment the students may need, such as wheelchairs, positioning aids, walkers, or braces. We also provide staff orientation and training, and professional development opportunities for staff.
Although it sounds like it should involve finding a job or developing work skills, Occupational Therapy actually deals with strengthening fine-motor skills like writing, cutting, shoe-tying and using utensils. For adults recovering from an accident or stroke, that may include work-related skills; for children, whose “occupation” is school and play, it will focus more sharply on developmental milestones and skills required for playground and academic activities. Our Occupational therapist works with children typically using techniques and routines that may seem like play, but are designed to target areas of delay and difficulty. Occupational therapists are also trained in therapy with a sensory integration approach, which uses play-like activities to help children better process and tolerate the information they get through their senses.
A student health history will be sent home when a student transitions to the intermediate, middle or high school level or will be given to parents of a new student entering a Worcester County school for the first time. This information is extremely important to the school nurse. Please complete the form accurately. During the year if there is a change of address or phone number, or physician or status of health, please notify the school nurse so the changes can be made. If your child has a special health problem that the school nurse should be made aware of please call the nurse during school hours. This includes extended absences for health reasons.
During the school year, the nurse will be conducting vision and hearing screenings for students. These include all new students, failures from the previous year who did not follow through with physician visits and requests from teachers. If you do not want your child screened, please notify the school nurse.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has requirements for several immunizations. When your child receives any immunizations during the school year, please send a copy of the physician’s record to the nurse so they can be included in your child’s health record.
A physical exam is required for all students from out of state and entering a Maryland school for the first time. This must be completed 9 months prior to entering the school or 6 months after entering the system.
The medication policy remains the same as in previous years. School personnel, including the nurse may not administer or provide any medication including over the counter medications such as cough drops. Prescription medication can be administered only if the medication is in the original container with the student’s name and dosage appearing on the container. A physician’s order must accompany the medicine and be signed by the physician and parent. All medicines must be transported by an adult to the school nurse.
If your child has a need to be excluded from a physical activity a physician note is required. The note must indicate the length of time for exclusion and the activity to be excluded.
If your child experiences any of the following symptoms, please keep them home from school:
- EYES: thick mucus or pus draining from the eye or pink eye (conjunctivitis)
- FEVER: temperature of 100 degrees Farenheit or higher.
- GREENISH NOSE DISCHARGE AND/OR CHRONIC COUGH: should be seen by a health care provider. These conditions may be contagious and require treatment.
- SORE THROAT: especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
- DIARRHEA: 3 or more watery stools in a 24 hours period especially if the child acts or looks ill.
- VOMITING: vomiting within the past 24 hours
- RASH: body rash, especially with fever or itching. Diaper rashes, heat rashes and allergic reactions are not contagious.
- LICE, SCABIES: children may not return to school until they have been treated and are free of lice and nits (eggs). Children with scabies can be admitted after proof of treatment. Children must be cleared to return by the school nurse.
IF YOUR CHILD SHOWS ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO PICK HIM/HER UP FROM SCHOOL.
Children must be free of fever, diarrhea, vomiting for 24-48 hours without use of medication.
Ear infections without fever: do not need to be excluded, but the child needs to get medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
If you are interested in purchasing school insurance for the upcoming school year, call the school office. This inexpensive policy covers accidents sustained during school and school-related functions. The Board of Education does not carry accident insurance on students.
Please read your Worcester County Handbook/Calendar for further information or contact your school nurse with any questions about student health, school insurance or health education.
It is extremely important that the school be kept informed of changes in telephone numbers and residences. If your child becomes ill or injured at school the nurse needs updated telephone numbers where parents can be reached. The school nurse also needs to be informed of any medication changes.
School personnel are not allowed, under any circumstances, to administer medication to students without a doctor’s signed authorization. This includes over the counter medicines. We ask that you do not send such items to school without proper authorization from your child’s physician and all prescription medication must be properly labeled from the pharmacy.