• Mrs. Chapman, RN Nurse's Corner



    Welcome To the Haines Health Office!

    School Health Services are provided by the school nurse for the purpose of:
    • care of emergency sickness or injury at school
    • communicable disease prevention and control
    • determination of health needs
    • follow-up and interpretation of health needs to students, staff, & parents

    Parent cooperation is requested in the following situations:

    When should I keep my child home from school?

    • Fever:  A child with a temperature of 100.0 or more should not be sent to school.  Do not send him/her back to school until they are fever free for 24 hours without the help of medicine.
    • Common Cold:  Children with heavy cold symtoms and hacking coughs should remain at home.
    • Sore Throat:  Children with a sore throat without other symptoms may attend school.  A sore throat with white spots present, or with a fever should stay at home.  Contact your child's doctor for evaluation. *please do not send cough drops to school with your child.   They are considered over the counter medication and may not be given in school without a note from your doctor.
    • Rashes:  If your child has a rash that you can't identify, check with your doctor to ensure that it is not contagious before sending him/her to school.
    • Vomiting and Diarrhea:  Keep child home for 24 hours after vomiting and diarrhea have stopped.  Consult your doctor for persistent or severe stomach aches.
    • Toothache:  have your child seen by a dentist as soon as possible.
    • Earache:  contact your child's doctor as soon as possible
    • Headache:  Unless severe, child usually can come to school.
    • Pediculosis (lice):  The presence of lice infestations is usually easily recognized.  Intense itching of the scalp is usually the main complaint.  Examine the child's hair about 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the scalp.  Nits (eggs), if present, will be firmly attached at this location, especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck.  Lice are tiny grey insect like parasites.  They walk on the scalp.  Children may return to school after treatment with a lice shampoo and combing out with a lice comb for nits.  No live lice may be present per district policy.  Students should be brought to the School Nurses Office for a head check prior to classroom re-entry.   
    • Injuries returning to school:  If your child is injured and is returning to school with a cast, boot, splint, crutches etc...the school must have a Doctor's note stating the diagnosis and restrictions.  Another Doctor's note will be required for your child to return to gym and recess.
    • Medications:  all medications given at school must be given by the school nurse by State Law.  If your child has the diagnosis of asthma or life threatening allergy we MUST have the appropriate forms and medication on file in the Nurses Office.  
    • Party Food:  It is School District Policy that parents must request 2 days in advance to bring in party food for their childs birthday.  All food must be store bought and in it's original container with all labeling intact.  Health and safety is the priority.  There are many students with food allergies.  This policy gives your child's teacher a chance to communicate with the parents of the child with a food allergy, thereby giving them the chance to send in an alternate treat.


         Immunizations for school entry are required by law. (N.J.A.C. 8:57-4) If you receive a Health Record Update from the Nurse, please submit documentation that the immunizations were given OR make an appointment without delay to have the immunizations given.  Submit documentation directly to the Nurses Office.

    Students are also required to have a recent physical on file upon school entry.

    Current News:

    Tender Smiles Mobile Dental Clinic will be at Haines School again on December 9th 2019.

    Forms are coming home at the end of October.  Please fill out and return forms if you would like your child to be seen by the dentist.

    Looking for food pantries or meals?  https://www.foodfinder.us/   

     Screening Health Services

    *If a concern arises as a result of a Health Screening,  the school nurse will send home a Health Screening Referral so that you can follow up with your child's doctor.

    Screenings shall be completed by the school nurse according NJ State requirements N.J.A.C. 6A:16- 2.2(k).

    1. Screening for height, weight and blood pressure shall be conducted annually for each student in preschool through grade 12.
    2. Screening for visual acuity shall be conducted annually for each student in preschool and biennially for students in kindergarten through grade 10.
    3. Screening for auditory acuity shall be conducted annually for students in preschool through grade three and in grade seven and 11 pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A: 40-4 .
    4. Screening for dental shall be conducted annually for each student in preschool and as needed.
    5. Screening for scoliosis shall be conducted biennially for students between the ages of 10 and 18 pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-4.3.
    6. Screenings shall be conducted by a school physician, school nurse, physical education instructor or other school personnel properly trained.
    7. The school district shall provide for the notification of the parent of any student suspected of deviation from the recommended standard.

    Local Health Resources:

    Buttonwood/Aspen Medical and Dental Care  609-894-1100.

    Advocare Pediatrics of Burlington County (Lumberton) : 609-261-4058

    Oral Health Services, Rowan College at Burlington County (856) 291 4215:  Preventative dental healthcare  for $5.00 per visit

    Hamilton Dental 609-689-1212: Preventative and Restorative dental care.  Accepts several Medicaid/NJ Kids Care insurances.  

    Browns Mills Dental: 609-531-0777

    SJFMC VISION Care:  Clinic 1st Monday of each month with Commission for the Blind at 5-8 pm.  Call Nicole Travis for an appointment 609-481-3107.  At this time 2 Free pairs of glasses are being included through a grant.




    Important Medical Forms & Information:  (see left side bar) To download a form click on the form's name.  All forms must be renewed annually


    • Please contact the school nurse regarding any Diabetes forms.  There is a Diabetes packet available, OR, we can accept the forms provided by your childs physician provided that they contain all the information required by the school distritct.


    Please contact your child's school nurse if needed for detailed explanation of all medical forms and school health services and regulations. 

    Mrs. Valerie Chapman, MSN, RN, CSN
    Isaiah Haines Lower Elementary School Nurse

    (609) 893-8141 x 1173