General Information

Absence Call-In
Parents must call in to their child's school each day that the child is absent. We must account for every child, everyday. Please give the reason your child is absent, including specific illness symptoms. This information is necessary in order to track illness. 

If your child has had any recent immunizations, please send a copy of the doctor's certificate to the Nurse's Office so that we may update your child's health record.

Medication Policy
All medication to be taken during school hours must be left in the Health Office and dispensed by the nurse. All medications, including over-the-counter items such as Tylenol, Advil, allergy medicine, or cough medicine must have a note from both the doctor and the parent. No medication will be given without these notes. The medication must be in its original container or pharmacy-labeled container. Your pharmacy will provide you with a second labeled container if asked. Please do not send pills to school in envelopes or baggies.

Cough drops sent in must be kept in Nurse's Office, accompanied by a parent note.

Physical Exams

Any student entering a New Jersey school for the first time must submit a physical exam form to the nurse within 60 days of starting school. The exam must have been done within the previous 365 days of enrollment date. No other physical exams are required by the district, but it is important to your child's health that he/she be examined at least once during the following stages of development: childhood (gr K-3), pre-adolescence (gr 4-6), and adolescence (gr 7-12).

Annual Screenings
All students will have an annual growth survey, blood pressure and vision and hearing tests. Any deviations from normal will be reported to parents.

Scoliosis Screening
Scoliosis screening, required by law, is conducted for students in 5th grade. Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine may curve. It is most commonly found during the period of rapid growth and may progress if not treated. The purpose of the screening is to recognize scoliosis in the early stage. Parents will be informed of any abnormalities and should consult the child's physician. If you do not wish your child to be screened for scoliosis, you must request this in writing to the school nurse before Oct. 1st. If your child has already been diagnosed with scoliosis, please notify the nurse.

N.J. KidCare
The State of New Jersey has a health insurance program for children called KidCare. This is a comprehensive insurance for working families who cannot afford to purchase insurance or do not receive it from their jobs. A family does not have to be "poor" to qualify for this insurance, although there are income limits. Please contact your school nurse for more information if you are interested.

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