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.
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
Role of School Nurse
- 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)
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.