Welcome to the Nurse's Office!

Valerie Carberry Certified School Nurse
vcarberry@emersonschools.org
 

    Welcome to the School Nurse Webpage! This is my 15th year at Memorial School.  I received my BSN from Trenton State College (presently the College of New Jersey).  I also attended Felician College where I received dual certification for school nursing and health education.

    The school nurse tends to the medical needs of the students, exercising patience and understanding, and respecting confidentiality at all times.  She  provides quality healthcare by assuring the learning environment is safe and promoting education.  She also communicates with the adults involved in the student's care, their parents and teachers.  

    We are committed to providing services to help your child achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Use this site to access information on current illnesses plaguing the school, as well as, to keep updated on health information, issues and concerns of our elementary students. 

This year I am excited to see the many new faces, as well as all the returning students.


I am working from home during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

This is an unusual time for students, families, teachers, and our communities.

Please, reach out to me. I AM STILL your school nurse and am available for students and families.






Required Immunizations and Physicals


  • All new students and Pre-K students are required to submit a current physical examination and documentation of immunizations. 
  • All Kindergarten students must have documentation of  an updated immunization record.
  • All students entering 3rd grade are required to submit a current physical examination.
  • All students entering 6th grade are required to submit documentation of Tdap and meningococcal vaccines.


Important Information, Policies, and Necessary Forms for the School Year:

 

Emerson’s Board of Education and NJ State Law School Medication Policy:

  • Any student who requires medication, including over-the-counter medications, during the school day must have a written healthcare provider order for the medication and a parent/guardian authorization signature.

  • The healthcare provider's order must include the name of the medication, dosage, and time of administration. The medication must be in the original package or in a labeled prescription bottle.

  • Physician authorization for medication administration will remain in effect for one school year only. Any change in dosage requires a new healthcare provider note.

  • Please see attachments for the Medication Authorization Form. Please keep in mind, one medication per form.

Students with Asthma:

  • A parent/guardian and a student’s healthcare provider must complete an Asthma Treatment Plan form

  • A new plan must be filled out and signed for each new school year

  • The first page is to be completed by the healthcare provider and the second page is to be completed by the parent/guardian. Please specify if your child knows how to self-administer their inhaler medication in the designated section on the form.

  • Please see attachments for the Asthma Treatment Plan form

Students with a Seizure Diagnosis:

  • A parent/guardian and a student’s healthcare provider must complete a Seizure Action Plan form

  • A new plan must be filled out for each new school year

  • Please see attachments for the Seizure Action Plan form

Students with Food Allergies:

  • A parent/guardian and a student’s healthcare provider must complete the Food Allergy Packet forms

  • New, signed instructions from the healthcare provider are needed for each new school year

  • Please provide your child’s EpiPen and any other necessary medication along with the healthcare provider’s orders

  • The medication must be in the original package or in a labeled prescription bottle. A healthcare provider’s authorization for medication administration will remain in effect for one school year only

  • Please see attachments for the Food Allergy Packet forms