Susan Higgins BSN, RN, CSN-NJ


MFA School Nurses

(732) 542-5438


My name is Susan Higgins and I have been a Certified School Nurse in the Tinton Falls School District for over 20 years. Erin Wood RN is part-time in the Health Office. She has over 12 years nursing experience and is working towards her School Nurse certification. We are here to ensure that our Tinton Falls school and community are as happy and healthy as possible. Our goal is to provide useful and helpful information to allow students to have a successful learning experience in a safe and positive environment. Please take a moment to review the contents of our site to be familiar with the health information and forms that will be helpful during the course of your child's time with us.

Attendance Procedure

  • The parent or legal guardian is requested to call the school absentee line (732-542-5438 or 732-542-2500 ext. 2502) before 8:00 A.M. the morning of the pupil’s absence. P.M. Prep must call by 8:30 of that day.
  • The parent or guardian who anticipates a future absence or anticipates an absence will be prolonged should notify the absentee line. Please contact the pupil’s teacher, who will assist in the arrangement of make-up work. A note listing the dates and reasons for any absence is required when a child returns to school.
  • A doctor's note is necessary for an absence of more than five days.

Health Forms and Information

Medication policy

If your child is to have medication in school, a written order from your primary care provider is required. A parent or guardian shall bring the written order and medication to the Nurse's Office.

Tips for Preventing the Spread of Illness

  • Keep your child home from school when he or she is sick.

Sickness includes, but is not limited to

- active vomiting

- diarrhea

- fever over 100F

- conjunctivitis ("pink eye")

- upper respiratory infections

- or when your child is just "not him/herself" or may have symptoms that would interfere with learning, like persistent or frequent coughing

  • Allow your child to return to school only when fever-free for at least 24 hours (no

longer having a fever without use of fever-reducing medicines).

  • Cover your cough! Cough into your upper sleeve or into a tissue and discard


  • Properly dispose of used tissues and other soiled items, and wash your hands

after doing so.

  • Wash hands with warm soapy water or hand sanitizer frequently and regularly!
  • Regularly clean and disinfect areas and items likely to have frequent hand


  • Contact your health care provider when your child or other family member is

sick with the flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose,

headache and body aches.

Head Lice Information

Lice Document - 2017