Sandy Spring Friends School


Health Office FAQs

Whom do I inform if my child is sick and unable to attend school?

It is important to notify the administrative assistant in your child’s division (Lower, Middle, or Upper School), as well as the Health Center. Contact info below.

  • Lower School: Pam Gilmer at or 301-774-7455 x112
  • Middle School: Erin Ryan at or 301-774-7455 x160
  • Upper School: Kerry Foley at or 301-774-7455 x109, or
  • Health Center: Lisa Dyer at or 301-774-7455 x199

When can my child return to school after being unwell?

Students should stay home if they have had any of the following within the last 24 hours:

  • A temperature of 100 degrees or higher
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • A temperature of 99 degrees or higher AND exhibiting any of the following symptoms:
    • Persistent cough
    • Severe headache
    • Earache
    • Severe sore throat
    • Rash or skin infection
    • Red or pink eyes

Students may return to school once they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. If students have missed three or more consecutive days of school, a doctor’s note is required clearing them to return to school.

Can my student carry over-the-counter meds in their bag?

Due to many safety concerns, students are not allowed to self-carry over the counter medications. Prescription medication should only be self-carried with a doctor’s order and approval by the health center.

Who should I notify if my child has lice?

It is important to notify the Health Center. Any student with lice should be treated before returning to school. If lice are identified while at school, the student will not be sent home early but should be treated for lice once they arrive home and before returning to school. The student should be checked by the Health Center after treatment before entering class. Students will only be checked for lice if they are symptomatic, so it is important to be aware of those symptoms.