Student Health Services Policies

Immunizations: New Jersey law requires students to have updated immunizations of D.P.T., polio, measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis B. The health office should be informed of updates.

Prevention of the Spread of Infection: Please keep your child if he/she has any of the following symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, chills, fever, rash, cough, headache, or red or discharging eyes. Please call the health office if your child is diagnosed with an infectious disease such as chicken pox or conjunctivitis. Please notify us if your child is diagnosed with pediculosis (head lice).

Physical Examination: Good health is an important factor in your child’s ability to secure maximum benefits from education. In order that we may have a better knowledge of the health of our students and in accordance with New Jersey law and Board of education policy, new students must complete and submit a physical health form to the health office within 30 days after entering the district. Students wishing to participate in sports programs must have a physical on file. Physicals are valid for 365 days. It is recommended the importance of obtaining a physical at least once during each developmental stage, at pre-adolescence (grade four through six) and adolescence (grades seven through twelve).

Scoliosis: Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine most commonly detected during the adolescent growth period. New Jersey state law requires biennial examination of every student between the ages of 10-18. Students with a current physical will be exempt. The screenings are conducted in the spring, parental notes requesting exemption can be turned into the health office at the time of the screening. 

Medication: Students requiring either prescribed medication or over-the-counter medication during school hours on a regular basis must have on file in the nurse’s office:
1. The appropriate medication administration forms filled out by both parent and physician specifying the medication, dosage, purpose, expected reaction and time administered. If prescribed for a specific symptom, it should be explained.

2. All medication must be brought to school in the original container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician with the student’s name, name of medication, dosage, and time of administration. Authorization does not extend beyond the current school year.

Physical Education Restrictions and Exemptions: A note from a parent will excuse a child from physical education for 1 week. If a student needs to be excused from physical education longer than 1 week, a note from a physician is required specifying injury, reason for absence and date when student may return to P.E. class.