Health Policies

Health

FIRST AID AND ILLNESS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY 

If a child becomes ill during the school day, he/she will receive first aid and will be kept at school until the parent can come to take him/her home. In case of minor injuries, first aid will be administered. If a serious accident occurs, parents will be notified immediately. It is important for the school to have emergency numbers to call when parents are not available. 

For the protection of all children in the school, no child should be sent to school in the morning if he/she has been ill during the night or shows symptoms of illness in the morning. Sending a child to school when he/she feels ill may delay his/her own recovery or spread infection to other children. 

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES 

In order to protect the health of the students in our schools, all regulations of the State Department of Education, the State Department of Health, and the local Board of Health shall be scrupulously observed, particularly those dealing with contagious or infectious diseases or conditions.  Students who have been absent because of contagious or infectious diseases/conditions must present a certificate of recovery from a licensed physician. 

Students who are absent 5 or more consecutive days due to illness will be required to provide a doctor's note to return to school.  Exceptions: Chicken Pox and Fifth's Disease do not require a note.

EXCLUSION FOR HEALTH REASONS 

A pupil may be excluded from school when his/her condition endangers the health of his/her classmates or he/she has suspected symptoms that indicate a serious infection or illness. The parents will be notified of these conditions. 

MEDICATIONS 
  1. The school nurse is available to administer medication during school hours.   New Jersey Administrative code 6A:16-1.4 states that only the school nurse may administer medication in school. In the nurse's absence, the medication will not be administered. If the student misses a dose that he/she is scheduled to take before school, the parent will be contacted to administer the medication. 

  2. All medications must he prescribed by a physician in order to be administered in school. This applies to "over the counter" medications as well as prescription medications. 

  3. Medications must be kept secured and locked in the nurse's office. 

  4. The medication must be in the original container, labeled with the child's name, the name of the medication, time of administration and the doctor's name.

  5. The medication must be accompanied by: 
    a. Consent form completed by the parent/guardian
    b. A written order from a physician is required for both prescription and non-prescription medicine. 

  6. In the nurse's absence, the parent/guardian or a designated family member assumes responsibility for the administration of the medication.

  7. The school nurse will maintain proper records or documentation of any medications administered at school. 
Amended: 9/14