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Health Information


Our Nurses

Mrs. E. Cofone, RN, BSN, CSN -  Berkeley Township Elementary School  732-269-2909  extension 2005

Mrs. M. Reece, RN, MSN. CSN -  Bayville Elementary School   732-269-1300   extension 4005

Mrs. A. Manfredi, RN, BS, CSN – Clara B. Worth School Elementary School   732-269-1700  extension 3005

Mrs. P. Olsen, RN, BA, CSN – H & M Potter Elementary School  732-269-5700   extension 5005


Our Role

  • To provide first-aid and care to students who become injured or ill during school hours, and to notify the parents/guardians when further medical care/attention may be needed.

  • To educate school staff about health matters that affects the student and/or staff population.

  • To collaborate with other school professionals, parents/guardians and the student's healthcare team, as needed, to foster maximal student success.

  • It is not within the school nurse's scope of practice to diagnose or to take the place of a student's Primary Health Care Provider (physician or nurse practitioner).

Too Sick For School

Parents are encouraged to keep their children home for 24 hours and to consult with a physician if the child has any of the following: open or wet sores, sore throat, fever, suspicious rash, diarrhea, vomiting, earache, persistent cough, temperature (100 degrees or more) and redness of the eye.


Attendance

Please call the school when your child will be absent.  All students with head lice (nits) scabies shall be excluded from school and may return after examination by the school nurse or upon receipt of a doctor's note. Students with these indications should not ride the bus until they are properly cleared.


Gym Excuses

If your child sees a physician for an injury, please provide the school nurse with a return to physical education note from your doctor. A crutch order is necessary from your doctor.

NO GYM NO RECESS


Change of Clothes

Often children need a change of clothes due to some kind of "mishap", lunchroom spills, playground incidents and bathroom accidents. Please keep a set of clean clothes (season appropriate) in your child's backpack. This will enable your child a quick change and return back to class.

Services

Vision Screening: Grades K, 2, 4 & 6
            Hearing: Grades K, 1, 2, 3, & 5                     Blood Pressure: Yearly
Height & Weight: Yearly                               Physical Exams: Grades 1, 3 & 5


Immunizations

New Jersey State Sanitary Code- Immunization of Pupils, Chapter 14, requires all children in New Jersey Schools have the following immunizations.

  • DTP -  Four doses with one dose after age 4

  • Oral Polio  - Three doses with one dose after age 4

  • MMR - One dose after age 1 plus booster

  • Hepatitis B - Series of three

  • Varicella - One dose after age 1

  • Preschool - DTP four doses, Polio three doses, MMR and Varicella one dose after first birthday, in addition pneumococcal and HIB after first birthday. All preschoolers will be required to receive an annual influenza vaccine by December 31st.

  • TDap & Meningococcal - By age 11

Medications

If your child needs to take any medication during school hours you must do the following before we can administer the medication. This includes both prescribed and over-the-counter medications.


The parent/guardian must provide the school with a written request for the administration of the prescribed medication.


Written orders must be provided to the school from your physician, dentist or nurse practitioner, detailing the medication (over-the-counter or prescribed), diagnosis, time to be given and duration.


The medication must be brought to the school by the parent/guardian (not the child), in the original container, appropriately labeled by the pharmacy. Parents must pick up any unused medication by the end of the school year or it will be discarded.


Any child who received medication during the previous school year must bring in an updated doctor's order before any medication can be continued.


The certified school nurse and parent/guardian are the only persons permitted to administer medications in the school or on a class trip.


State laws require schools to follow strict requirements when administering medications in the school. By working together we can make sure your child has a positive experience in the health office.


ALL MEDICATION FORMS CAN BE FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE UNDER FORMS AND DOCUMENTS.

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