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At least once a year, your child is called to the health office for vision, hearing, scoliosis, B/P and height and weight screening. Then there are other visits for illness, injuries and playground accidents, personal problems, “Monday morningitis”, daily medications and many other reasons. Many visits can be considered routine and are handled easily. Other visits often require a great deal of consideration and care because of the increasing number of students who are medically challenged with diabetes, spina bifida, asthma, life threatening allergies and other serious conditions. The office is very busy and at times seems like a “mini emergency room”. Taking care of ill and injured students and giving daily medications is my main priority during the day. If I do not answer the phone, please leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Often your help as parents/guardians is needed in caring for your child. Please complete/review the Emergency Information Verification Form that your child will bring home to you at the beginning of the school year. It is important to make sure the phone numbers are correct and you provide emergency phone numbers of people we can call if you are not available. Please notify us if any of the contact phone numbers are changed, so we can update our records. If you would like your child to be able to take generic Tylenol/ibuprofen at school, make sure to check “yes”, sign and date the form and return it to school. We are not allowed to take permission from you over the phone, it must be in writing for legal reasons.
Any medication that your child may need while in school, must be in the original pharmacy vial and accompanied by the Request for Medication Administration Form and/or a doctor’s note. Over-the-counter medications must be in the original unopened bottle and accompanied by the above listed paperwork. Please review our District Medication Policy. For everyone’s protection it is best if the parent/guardian brings the medication and paperwork directly to our office.
Due to limited resources and very limited space, it’s important for you to keep your sick child at home. We’ll work with you by keeping your healthy child in school and calling you only when we feel it is necessary for you to know of an injury or for your child to be sent home. Please review the Student Handbook - Health section (located on the district's webpage, under parents), it should be able to answer any questions you may have concerning medical issues at school.
Asthma Forms – If your child has any type of asthma you will need to fill out the below listed forms and return them to the school nurse at the start of each school year. Your doctor will need to fill out the entire form, sign, date and stamp it with his office’s information. You the parent/guardian will need to sign the bottom of the asthma treatment plan and complete the Indemnification agreement for your child to be able to self-administer his/her medication at school. Please note that students staying after school must be able to self-medicate because no nurses are contracted to stay for after school sports.
Allergy Forms – If your child has any type of allergy (food, latex, bee, etc.) you will need to fill out the allergy forms and return them to the school nurse at the start of each school year. Your doctor will need to fill out the entire form, sign, date and stamp it with his office’s information. You the parent/guardian will need to sign parts of the forms as well. It is important for you to let us know if your child will be staying after school, so the appropriate staff member can be trained.
Anaphylaxis Care Plan & Food Allergy Questionnaire
Diabetes Forms - Please contact the nurse concerning any diabetic forms. Most doctors’ offices will only use their forms concerning diabetic students. We will accept your doctor’s forms as long as no important information is missing per state law. If any needed information is missing, we will give you that section for your doctor to complete.
Physicals for Elementary School Children - NJ state law requires children from Kindergarten through 5th grade to have at least one school entry physical exam on file. Please have your primary care provider complete the Universal Child Health Record. You will need parts of the form to be filled out by your family physician, and must be signed and stamped by the physician's office. Please only use this form for 3rd and 4th graders. Fifth grade students please go to the page for 5th grade students info. Please review the Pemberton Township Local Health Resources if you need help with getting a physical.
Screenings - Screenings will be completed by the school nurse according to NJ state requirements. If you do not want your child to be screened, please nofify the school nurse in writting at the beginning of the school year. A notice will be sent home of any deviations from the recommended standards and you will be asked to follow up with your child's physician.
Please call or e-mail me if you have any questions or concerns about any of the above information.
Heather Verner-Hussmann, BA, RN, CSN
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 609-893-8141, Ext. 1783 Fax 609-894-3102
Stackhouse Elementary School Nurse - 125A Trenton Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015
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