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Health and Wellness

We are committed to the health and wellness of our entire school community. Supported by our Health Center nurses, a team of counselors, and athletic coaches and trainers, Bryn Mawr helps students understand their own emotional and physical wellness, what they need to thrive, and how to make educated and healthy choices. Parents and families are our partners in this work.

Keeping our Community Healthy

A student's health and wellness is key to her academic and overall success. Students should stay home, or will be sent home from school, for the following reasons:

  • A fever greater than 100.0 degrees. Students must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine before returning to school

  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea. Students should be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school

  • Untreated head lice

  • Strep throat. Students must remain home until two doses of antibiotics have been administered

  • Pink eye/conjunctivitis. Students must remain home for 24 hours after starting antibiotics (eye drops) or until symptoms clear, there is no discharge and the eye is not irritated.
Please notify the nurse if:

  • On Monday, March 9, we will also begin implementing a new check-in policy for students and employees who have been out of school for two or more days due to illness. Before returning to classrooms or work, we ask that they check in at the Health Center (located in the Howell Building). The Health Center opens at 7:45 every morning. Little School staff will be checking students as they are dropped off in the morning.

  • Students who become ill at school will need to be picked up within one hour. We are able to separate students with symptoms, but can no longer accommodate them for longer periods of time.

  • Your child develops a communicable disease (chicken pox, measles, flu, meningitis, hepatitis, food poisoning, head lice, Lyme disease, tuberculosis, whooping cough, MRSA, mononucleosis, scabies, conjunctivitis, ringworm and impetigo)

  • Your child has a serious illness or injury. A doctor’s clearance is required to resume participation in athletics and physical education as well as to attend school following an illness lasting more than 3 days.

Medicine at school

Students may not carry medication at school with the exception of emergency medications such as inhalers (for asthma) and Epi-Pens. All other prescription medication required at school must be kept in the Health Center in a pharmacy-labeled container. All medication, either self-carried or kept in the Health Center, MUST have a Maryland State School Medication Administration Authorization form signed by a physician.

Medical Forms

Bryn Mawr partners with online health management system Magnus Health to securely collect and store student medical information. Parents and guardians are responsible for uploading annual physical exams and completing all consents and forms through Magnus Health, which is accessible by logging in to the Parent Portal.

Campus Communication

In the event of a weather-related or emergency school closing, Bryn Mawr will notify families via the e2Campus Emergency Notification System (ENS). All parents must subscribe to the system, which will broadcast notices via email, voice, and text messaging. Communications from the headmistress and the divisions will be sent via email and posted on the Parent Portal.

The school uses campus-wide bells and alarms, broadcast phone messages, web alerts, and e2 Campus to notify school personnel and students of an emergency. School marshals communicate the protocol to be followed on our campus and, when necessary, campus security is in communication with our coordinate schools, Gilman School and Roland Park Country School, by two-way radio, email, and cell phone.

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  • Asbestos Management Plan

    In 1986 Congress enacted the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). This law contained comprehensive regulations developed to address asbestos problems in schools. In compliance with these regulations, Bryn Mawr's campus was inspected in 1987 to determine the location and condition of asbestos. As a further part of the regulations, a plan was developed to manage the asbestos. This includes semi-annual inspections by our staff, as well as inspections by certified inspectors once every three years. The school's Management Plan, which is required to be maintained by law, is updated on an annual basis.

    The whole plan is available for inspection in the Business Office on regular work days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Assistant Head of School for Finance and Administration and/or the Director of Operations are also available to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to call either one at (410) 323-8800.

Important Contacts

Director of Security Terry Detorie
410-323-8800, ext. 1616

Campus Security
410-323-8800 x1567 (Security Office)
443-744-7424 (Security Supervisor)
443-552-8896 (Guard on duty)

Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Health Center
Barbara Scott, RN
Amy Robinson, RN
410-323-8800, ext. 1242
Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

General Campus Safety

  • The school grounds are patrolled and monitored seven days a week, 24 hours a day, by several full-time school security personnel and a professional security company.
  • All school employees are required to wear identification and visitors to Bryn Mawr must display a visitor's badge.
  • The school's full-time athletic trainer works with our student athletes and adults on campus to help reduce and prevent injuries and maintain health and wellness.
  • The school has after-hours emergency protocols in place, and school personnel are specifically trained to handle emergencies that may occur during off-school hours. In addition, a school administrator is on duty each school day between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. as an emergency contact.
  • After-school programs are supervised and staffed until every student is picked up.
  • All school buildings are locked on a regular schedule in the evening; both the Little and Lower Schools are locked and on a buzzer system during the day.
  • Emergency drill procedures are posted in each school building and classroom. All personnel and students participate in emergency drills throughout the year, which include fire drills, lockdown drills, and weather drills.
  • Information about campus safety and security is shared on a regular basis with the tri-school community as well as with area neighborhood associations.