School Nurse

Welcome to the Hardyston Elementary School nurse's site. Healthy children learn better. I am happy to work with you to make this happen.

I am available during regular school hours from 8:30 AM - 3:40 PM. Please feel free to call 973-823-7000 x 8220, email at dforenback@htps.org or stop by with any questions, concerns, or just to say hello.

Hand washing and limiting touching your face is one the best and easiest ways to avoid getting ill. We strive for a healthy environment in school and encourage and remind the children and staff to frequently wash hands.


Flu Shots

All students in pre-kindergarten must have a flu shot before the end of the year. Flu shots are available now at your physician and pharmacies. Letters went home today, September 19. Please submit proof of vaccination to my office. Our fax number is 973-827-6845 for convenience.

New medical orders and parental permission are also required per New Jersey law each school year. If your child needs an asthma action plan and/or a food allergy plan for the 2018-2019 school year, paperwork was already sent home. If you need additional copies please click on the "medication" link on the left.

Please note that unless your child has been cleared by a medical doctor to self carry their inhaler or epi pen, ALL medications must be brought in and given to me by the parent/guardian. Daily prescription medications, other than inhalers, require counting and a signature.

  • IF YOUR CHILD WILL BE ABSENT FROM SCHOOL FOR ANY REASON PLEASE CALL MY OFFICE TO REPORT THE ABSENCE. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Please click on the attendance link on the left for more information.

General Health Office Guidelines:

If your child is experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea, he or she should not return to school for a minimum of 48 hours after symptoms have subsided. A rule of thumb is to make sure your child is eating and drinking normally.

  • If a strep/flu culture is obtained, please keep your child home until the results are reported by your doctor.
  • If a strep culture is positive, your child must be treated with an antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Students with fever should stay home for a minimum of 24 hours after they no longer have fever without the use of fever reducing medications such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin (Ibuprophen).
  • Encourage your child to wash hands with soap and water, and cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Please keep these guidelines in mind when sending your child to school.

Remember, we are trying to keep our whole community healthy during the cold and flu season. Thank you.

  • All medications must be brought in by a responsible adult and MUST be in the original container and labeled with your childs' name and grade. All OTC medications must also be accompanied by a parent/guardian signed medication form. See tab on the left "medications" for the form.
  • If your child uses an EpiPen and/or an inhaler, please supply the health office with the needed medications and supporting documentation (click on the Asthma & Allergy page on the navigation bar for specific guidelines and forms).
  • Please consult with your child's doctor or nurse practitioner with any health concerns.