HEALTH OFFICE GUIDELINES
A certified school nurse is on staff in our District's school. In addition to caring for children who become ill or injured during the school day, our professional nurse also conducts vision and hearing tests, maintains student health records, and confers with parents/guardians.
Our school nurse also plays a vital role in the teaching-learning process. The school nurse acts as an important resource in the development of a sound program of health education and family life education.
CHILD SENT HOME FROM SCHOOL
A student will be sent home from school for a T >100.4F, vomiting, diarrhea, a persistant cough, a head injury or other illnesses/symptoms that prevent your child from being able to concentrate and have a productive day. Optimal health is condusive to optimal learning! You may receive a call if your child has bumped their head in school, although you do not have to pick them up, I feel it is important to alert you to the injury.
RETURN TO SCHOOL
If your child's temperature is 99.6 or higher or if your child has had an episode of vomiting, diarrhea, constant cough, pink eye, strep throat or impetego, please keep him/her home for that day. If your child has been out of school due to illness they should not return until they are fever free (<99.6F) without medication (tyelnol/motrin) for 24 hours, have been on prescribed medication for 24 hours, or symptom free for 24 hours. If your child was out of school due to a gastrointestinal illness they may return when they have not had any episodes of vomiting or diarrhea in 24 hours and be able to eat a regular diet. If you have any questions please call the school nurse between 8am and 3:15 pm. In addition, please report all contagious illness to the nurse. These guidelines are to protect your child and all our students. Thank you for your cooperation!
MEDICATION IN SCHOOL
All medications required by students must be administered by the school nurse under the following conditions:
1. The medicine must be brought to the nurse in the original pharmacy bottle or container. The label must include the name of the doctor, the name of the medication, dosage, and duration of treatment.
2. Parents or guardians must authorize in writing that the school nurse may give the medication and the time it is to be given.
Please use the following form. If the medication is a prescription medication, please use the top of the form (MD signature required). If the medication is over the counter, please use the bottom of the form.
Please use this form: MEDICATION REQUEST FORM
STUDENT PHYSICALS & SCREENING
All students are screened for height, weight, vision, and hearing.
Recent changes made by the New Jersey State Department of Education regarding student physical exams are as follows:
Physical exams required for school purposes may be done by the student's private health care provider or by appointment with the school physician. Students should obtain physical exam or sports exam forms from the health office to be completed by the examininge physician at the time of the exam.
Each student athlete must receive a physical exam from his health care provider within 365 days of the start of the first practice session for a specific sport. The school physician will review all reports returned to the health office at school. If a student's exam was completed more than 60 days prior to the first day of practice for a particular sport, a parent must provide an update of the student's medical history since the last physical exam.
All forms for regular and sports physical exams and health history updates are available in the health office. Please don't hesitate to call if you have any questions.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION EXCUSES
Students may be excused from participation in Physical Education upon receipt of a physician's written note stating the reason for and duration of the excuse. A separate written note from the physician must be provided stating the date physical education participation may resume.
You can contact the school nurse at any time:
973-267-6398 ext 105