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    Important: 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 Elementary Student Handbook – Health Section and it should be able to answer any questions you may have concerning medical issues at school.

    Parents just a reminder!

    • Please remember to update your emergency phone number as changes occur. Send in new phone numbers and contact information with your child.
    • Any students with asthma, food allergies, or bee sting allergies need to submit medical paperwork for the current school year.

     

    Important Medical Forms can be printed by clicking on their underlined names below. Please note all forms must be completed ANNUALLY.

    (To access forms you will need Adobe Reader)

    Emergency Information Verification Form - It is very important to have a current Emergency Information Verification Form on file with the school Nurse. This is used to contact you when you child not feeling well, and needs to filled out and returned to your school nurse at the start of each school year.

    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.

    Screening Health Services

    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.
    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.

    Please call or E-mail the Nurse's office with any questions or concerns you may have about any of the above information.


    One of the problems most often confronting school-age children occurs when a child complains of not feeling well on a school day. A decision must be made as to whether or not the child goes to school. What do you do? How do you make the right decision? You don't want to keep him home sick if he's not sick, but you don't want to send a sick child to school. Some guidelines to consider at times like this are:

    FEVER: Fever is a warning that all is not right with the body. No child with a temperature of 100 or more should go to school. DO NOT SEND THE CHILD TO SCHOOL UNTIL HE HAS BEEN FREE OF FEVER FOR 24 HOURS WITHOUT THE HELP OF MEDICINE.

    COMMON COLD: Children with heavy cold symptoms and hacking coughs should remain at home.

    SORE THROAT: A child with a sore throat but without other symptoms may attend school, but if white spots can be seen or fever is present, keep the child home and contact your doctor.

    RASHES: Do not send a child to school if they have a rash unless your doctor indicates it is safe to do so.

    VOMITING AND DIARRHEA: Keep home and consult your doctor if stomach ache persists or it is severe.

    TOOTHACHE: Seek doctor's advice as soon as possible.

    EARACHE: Contact your doctor without delay.

    HEADACHE: If there are no other symptoms, the child usually need not stay home.

    PEDICULOSIS (LICE): The presence of lice infestation is easily recognized. Intense itching of the scalp is usually the primary complaint. Upon examination of the hair, nits (eggs) can become firmly attached to the hair shaft about 1/2 inch from the scalp. Gray insect-like parasites may be seen. AFTER TEREATMENT FOR LICE IS DONE AT HOME. STUDENT MUST BE CHECKED BY SCHOOL NURSE BEFORE SCHOOL RE-ENTRY..




    REMINDER! 
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    Please do not send cough drops to school with your child. They are considered medication and may not be taken in school without a note from the doctor.

     


    • Shannon Horton, BSN, RN, CSN

      Alexandar Denbo Upper Elementary School Nurse

      Grades 3-5

      609-893-8141 x1960

      FAX: 609-894-3122

      shorton@pemb.org