Nurse's Corner

Nurse’s Corner

 

  • The Health Office is available to all students during school hours should they need assistance.
  • Important health/medical information can be found in the student handbook pgs. 23-26.
  • If your child is going to be absent, please notify the school at (908) 352-7664 ext. 2410 or 2441.
  • If absent 3 or more days a note is required upon return.
  • Please complete the emergency card on both sides.
  • Should your numbers change during the year, please contact the school as soon as possible to update our information.

 

Health Office

 

The health office is available to all students during school hours should they need assistance.

 

The School Nurse:

 

  • Administers to illnesses and gives first aid for injuries that occur in school, contacting parents when needed.
  • Acts as a consultant to teachers regarding the medical needs of the children.
  • Does appropriate screening examinations.
  • Schedules school providers for the screenings they do.
  • Cannot administer medication without a doctor’s note and the school’s Medication Requests Form in accordance with policy #5330.

 

Updated medical records, which include immunizations, the screening results, history of childhood diseases, chronic illnesses, operations, and injuries are kept on each child.  All health records and contents are confidential information.  Should you have any concerns, feel free to contact the school nurse.  If a child’s immunizations are not up to date, the child will be excluded from school until all medical records are up to date.

 

Students who become ill in school cannot be sent home unless a parent/guardian is notified and provisions are approved.  Diagnose or treatment beyond first aid procedures is not within the responsibility of the school.  A parent/guardian or emergency contacts listed on the emergency card must come to school to take the student home.  Please notify the school when your child will be absent.  All health records and contents are confidential information.  Should you have any concerns, feel free to contact the school nurse.

 

 

 

 

Medical Information

 

For the safety and health of all the children and staff in our school, children must be fever-free for 24 hours (without the aid of medication) before returning to school.  Children must also be free from vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.

 

Immunization Policy

 

The State and the Board of Education requires that every child who enters school produce

            a certificate of Immunization for the following:

 

  • Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus Vaccine – A series of 4 doses is needed for Pre-K. A booster is required after the 4th birthday for Kindergarten.
  • Polio Vaccine – A series of 3 doses is needed for Pre-K. A booster is required after the 4th birthday for Kindergarten.
  • Measles Vaccine- A minimum of 1 dose given on or after the first birthday is needed for Pre-K. A second dose or a titer is needed for Kindergarten.
  • Rubella and Mumps Vaccine- 1 dose each given on or after the first birthday for both Pre-K and Kindergarten.
  • Varicella Vaccine- 1 dose on or after the first birthday for both Pre-K and Kindergarten. If the child had the chicken pox disease, a note from the Dr. is

needed.  A second dose is highly recommended for Kindergarten.

  • HIB and PCV Vaccines- A series of 3 doses with at least one dose given on or after the first birthday is needed for Pre-K.
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine- A series of three doses is needed for entry into school for all students.
  • Influenza Vaccine- For children 59 months or younger, a dose given between September 1st to December 31 is needed each year.
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine- A series of 2 doses is recommended, not required.
  • TB screening (PPD or Mantoux)- Required for student born in another country or recently entering in from another country, not listed on the state’s low incidence list.         

 

 

Medication Administration

 

It is a Board of Education Policy that any student who must take medicine in school, must have completed the Request For Medications To Be Administered In School Form.

This form needs to be filled out yearly by both the physician and parent. The medication must be in the original container & labeled with the student’s name, grade & teacher. It must be given by the school nurse and kept in her office. The school nurse will dispense the medication to the student. Policy #5330.  No student should be in possession of pills, aspirin, etc., while in school.

 

Physicals

 

There is mandatory completion of physicals required for students new to the district. It must be returned within 30 days of entry.

Physical are recommended for 4th, 7th, & 11th grades. Also students involved with school sports, are required to hand in a physical prior to participation.

 

Physical Education Excusals

 

When health reasons deem it necessary to restrict a child from Physical Education or recess, a medical form stating the reason and length of time the student is to be excused.

The note must be from the student’s private physician and given to the nurse to process.

 

Screening Examinations

 

During the school year, health services, supervised and performed by the school physicians, dentists, optometrist and school nurse, are provided on a regular basis according to state guidelines.  These screening are based on a child’s age/grade and include height weight, vision, hearing, blood pressure and scoliosis. The results become part of the student’s health record. The routine school screenings should never take the place of a complete examination done by the family physician, eye doctor or dentist.

 

If the school health provider(s) determine that a more thorough examination is required, a referral form will be sent home with the student.  The form should be completed by the student’s private provider of care and returned to the school nurse as soon as possible.

 

If the student’s parent/guardian prefers to have all screening examinations done by the student’s private provider, please obtain the necessary forms including a physical examination, available through the nurse’s office. Forms must be returned before October

1st of each year. If the forms are not returned, the screening will be completed by the school nurse or the school’s medical providers as stated above.