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Nursing Services Department

Nursing Services Department

Nursing Services
Ms. Barbara Correnti, Director of Student Personnel Services
Phone: 973-450-3500 x1043
 

NURSE’S CORNER:
Middle School
The State of New Jersey requires that all students must have two additional vaccines before entering sixth grade. These are:

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) is required of all students on or after their 10th birthday. Parents must submit proof of this vaccine on the first day of school in September in order for their child to be admitted to the sixth grade.
 
Meningococcal-containing vaccine is required of all students on or after their 11th birthday. Children who are 11 years old before the first day of school will not be admitted to the 6th grade in September without proof of this vaccine

Parents of children who do not have health insurance may call the Belleville Health Department ( 973-450-3394) to get these vaccines free of charge. Also, parents should contact NJ Family Care at 800-701-0710 to obtain health insurance for their child(ren).

Parents, please take advantage of this early notification. If your child will reach the age of 10 or 11 before the first day of school in September, please make an appointment in advance so that your child does not miss any school days in September.

The State is also recommending that boys and girls 11-12 years old receive the HPV vaccine (Human Papillomavirus). This is recommended but not required.
If you have any questions about these vaccines, please call the School Nurse at your child’s school.

Reminders for Parents and Students

Regularity of attendance and punctuality are important habits to be developed starting from the time a child is in kindergarten. If your child will be absent or late, please notify the school. If a child is at home because of a contagious illness, or for an absence of three or more days, a certificate from your child’s medical provider is required before returning to school. For all other absences, a written note from the parent/guardian explaining the reason for the absence will be sufficient in most cases.

For the best interest of all children, and in order to prevent the spread of communicable illnesses, your child should be kept home if he/she shows any of the following symptoms:

Sore throat, Temperature in the past 24 hours, Headache,
Running nose, Vomiting in the past 24 hours, Pain,
Skin eruptions, Enlarged glands, Chills,
Excessive fatigue, Toothache, Earache

Please make sure that you update your child’s emergency information throughout the school year so that we can contact you if your child becomes sick or is injured at school.

School policy dictates that school nurses are no longer able to use any over the counter medications when treating students. This includes bacitracin ointment, calamine lotion, cough drops, etc.

If your child requires medication, or an inhaler while in school, please contact the nurse immediately so that the proper forms can be completed by the parent and doctor. NO STUDENT IS ALLOWED TO HAVE OR BRING ANY TYPE OF MEDICATION TO SCHOOL without written doctor's orders. High School and Middle School students may carry asthma inhalers and/or epi pens with their doctor's written approval..

Please alert your school's nurse if your child has a cast, brace, sutures, monitor, crutches, etc. Students coming to school on crutches must first meet with the school nurse. The student needs to be accompanied by a parent and have a written medical note indicating the reason for the crutches.

Students who are not able to participate in physical education classes need to submit written documentation from their medical doctor.

Please keep your school's nurse informed of all illnesses, injuries, physical exams, eye exams, immunizations, routine medications, allergies, etc. throughout the year so they can keep you child’s health records up to date. For the safety and well being of your child, pertinent medical information concerning your child will be shared with the appropriate staff unless written documentation opposing this is submitted from the parent/guardian.

Be Red Cross Ready for this Seasons Winter Storms
Winter storms can be a moderate snowfall to a blizzard, be prepared!

Check the following websites for a Winter Storms Safety checklist:

http://www.redcross.org/www-files/Documents/pdf/Preparedness/WinterStorms.pdf

Spanish version
http://www.redcross.org/www-files/Documents/pdf/Preparedness/checklists/WinterStorm_SPN.pdf