Health and Wellness
Below are the links to download the medical forms you will need for your child/children for the 2012/2013 school year:
Medication Administration to Students Letter (everyone must read)
Physician Certification to Student's Self-administration of Medication Form
Parent/Guardian Consent of Self Administration of Medication Form
Permission to Share Information Form
Medication Request Form
Health Update Form
Emergency Plan for Allergic Reactions Form
Food Allergy Action Plan English
Food Allergy Action Plan Spanish
Asthma Treatment Plan
Incoming Kindergarten Students Medical Requirements
For our incoming Kindergarten students, a copy of their 5 year old physical and additional required vaccines which usually include the 2nd MMR and additional doses of both the OPV and DTaP vaccines are required by the start of school.
Sports Physicals for Sixth thru Eighth Grade Students
Sixth - eighth grade students who participate in interscholastic or intramural sports (basketball and cheering) are required to have an annual physical exam. A copy of the form is available on the New Jersey Department of Education website or can be downloaded by clicking this link.
Food Allergy Policy 2011-2012- For All Parents
There are currently 20 children in our school with documented allergies to peanuts and/or nuts. Accidental ingestion (or in 2 cases, touching) these foods can result in reactions ranging from hives to difficulty breathing or even death. For this reason, no peanut butter or snacks containing peanuts or nuts are allowed in the classroom (ie. snack or latchkey). Peanut butter is still a lunch option, although students eating peanut butter will now eat with a friend at a designated "peanut butter" table. After washing his or her hands, the student can return to the class table if desired. Staff/Parent volunteers will assist with monitoring the new procedure. This change is a means of ensuring and respecting the safety of others.
If you are sending in a birthday treat, please include an ingredient label with the food item. In the event that ingredients are unknown, parents of students with allergies are asked to provide an alternative safe food for the homeroom teacher to have on hand for their child. We thank you for your anticipated cooperation in keeping all of our children safe.
NURSE'S NOTES - Parent Orientation 2012-2013
The following guidelines will assist you in keeping all of our children both healthy and safe this year.
As much as we value good attendance, there are times that your child will be ill and will need to stay home. Please call in all absences into the office before 8:30 am. Your child should return to school with a parent note, and if absent for more then 3 days, one from his health care provider. If possible, have contingency plans in place for when your child is sick.
Please, please, please do not send your child back to school until he/she is fever free (temperature less than 100 F) for a full 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or Advil/Motrin. This protects classmates and teachers from getting ill and also gives your child time to recuperate more fully.
Similarly, children with vomiting or diarrhea need to stay home for a full 24 hours before returning to school.
If your child is placed on antibiotics for strep or conjunctivitis, again, a full 24 hour absence is required for the medicine to kick in. Keep your child home accordingly. A note from your child's health care provider is also needed.
Casts, stitches, etc. Unfortunately this is also part of growing up. A note from the MD at the time of injury explaining the injury and any restrictions lets us know what your child's official limitations are. When you take your child for a follow up exam, get another note so we know that gym/recess is no longer off limits.
There are currently 20 children in our school with documented allergies to peanuts and or nuts. Please take this into consideration when planning for class events.
A confidential health care record is kept for all children in our school. This record contains immunizations, physical reports, doctor's notes and the results of school screenings for height, weight and blood pressure (K-8), vision (K,2,4,6,8), hearing (K-3,7) and scoliosis(5,7). You will receive written notification if any follow up for the screenings is indicated. Please return results of these referrals to the school nurse. Thank you.
Finally, we ask you to reinforce the practice of hand washing with your child, enforce early bedtimes, and send in extra napkins with your children's lunches and snacks to be used as "placemats" for desks and tables.
I appreciate your taking the time to read through this memo - the amount of paperwork at this time of year is overwhelming for sure!
Mrs. Jilda Sidebottom, R.N.