Student Absences

Student Absence line 732 786-2720 , option 2

Once you know your child will be absent, please call 732 786-2720 and press 2. Please speak clearly and slowly. Leave your child’s name, teacher and reason for absence.

Regular attendance is necessary for students to be successful in their studies. However, if your child is absent for any reason, please call the student absence line, not the office, before the beginning of the school day ( or as soon as possible). If you choose to send an email to the teacher regarding an absence, please also include the nurse on the email (jackiefellouris@mersnj.us).

When your child returns to school, please send a note ( MD or parent) with the reason for the absence. If your child is absent for 3 or more days, please send a Doctor’s note.

Once you know your child will be absent, please call 732 786-2720 and press 2. Please speak clearly and slowly. Leave your child’s name, teacher and reason for absence.

Regular attendance is necessary for students to be successful in their studies. If your child is absent for any reason, please contact the school nurse, not the office, before the beginning of the school day. If your sending an email to the teacher for an absence, please cc: the nurse. When your child returns, please send him/her back with a note with reason for his absence. If your child is absent for 3 or more days, please send in a Doctor’s note.


When to keep your child home:


  • Fever: Your child must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications(Motrin/Tylenol). This means lower than 100.0 without medication.
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea: Keep your child home for at least 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting and/or diarrhea. Make sure your child looks/feels well and is tolerating fluids and solid food. Many children get dehydrated and are still weak after having these symptoms.
  • Congestion: For severe congestion,runny nose, persistent cough and/or sore throat without a fever. Please consult your pediatrician.
  • Strep throat: Students must have a doctor’s note to return to school and be on antibiotics for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye): The child’s eyes must be clear and a doctor’s note upon return to school.
  • Skin Rash/Dermatitis: Students should be examined by their physician and must have a doctor’s note to return to school
  • Head Lice: All cases must be reported immediately to the school nurse. Students must be treated for the condition and be nit free. Parents must contact the school nurse to arrange an in school exam by the nurse to be sure the student is nit free before being cleared to return to the classroom. A parent must bring the student to the school nurse’s office when ready to return for the exam. Students may not ride the bus until they are cleared.


If you need to speak to the nurse directly about an issue or concern - please call

732-786-2720 and press 3

These guidelines are in place to promote a healthy environment for the students and staff at Clark Mills School.