Protocol for Absences

  • Providing a healthy and safe environment for your children is the primary goal of the School Nurse. The following guidelines must be used when determining if your child should be kept home from school:
    • Common Cold- Your child may return to school when the severity of the symptoms subsides and the temperature has been normal for 24 hours.
    • Ear Infections- Your child may return when pain-free and the temperature is normal.
    • Fever- Your child may return when the temperature has been normal for 24 hours.
    • Pink eye- Your child may return after being on medication for 24 hours.
    • Pneumonia/Bronchitis- Consult your physician.
    • Strep Throat- Strep is not contagious after 24 hours on appropriate medication. I suggest that you keep your child home for 48 hours as a matter of good health practice. Always remember to replace your child's toothbrush after a strep infection.
    • Vomiting/Diarrhea/Flu- Your child may return after there has been no vomiting or diarrhea and is fever free for 24 hours.
  • Please call the office before 8:15 a.m. if your child will be absent. On the next day in attendance, the student must bring into school a written note for the absence. If a student is tardy he/she must also bring a note and report to the office for an admission pass. 
  • Absence because of religious holidays is permissible by state law. A student will be given an opportunity to make up any work missed due to his/her absence.
  • Any unexcused absence is considered truancy and is so designated in the School Register for attendance purposes by the State Department of Education of New Jersey. Aside from the obvious reasons of missing schoolwork, there is a more important reason for not being truant. When students leave home for school in the morning parents assume they have arrived. When the school office compiles the absence list for the day, listing those students not in attendance, we assume the student is being kept home for a purpose such as illness. Parents will be notified after 15 absences because excessive absences may be cause for retention.

Protocol for Exemption from P.E. & Activities at School

  • Physical Education is a regular part of our school curriculum. If a child has an injury or illness that requires that they be excused from activity in physical education, a physician’s order should be sent to the nurse and PE teacher. It is expected that any child who has restricted activity in physical education will have restricted activity at recess. We need to be certain that any student who is recovering from an injury or illness is safe at school.
  • Fresh air and activity are important to learning. Time outside helps clear the mind and encourages further learning. Occasionally a parent will request that a student remain inside because of a “cold” or “ear infection”. Studies show that it is helpful to be outside for short periods during an upper respiratory infection is present. The increased humidity outdoors often helps clear the congestion.
  • As long as a child is dressed appropriately for the weather it is not detrimental to their health to go outside for recess. All students should bring hats and mittens to wear if the weather is cool. If recess accommodations are needed, please consult with your physician and meet with our staff to develop an appropriate plan.

District Wellness & Nutritional Guidelines

The staff and community at Mountain View School and Hilltop School recognize that good nutrition and physical activity for students can lead to better academic performance, higher test scores and fewer behavioral problems as well as establishing lifelong healthy habits. Current research demonstrates that students in America are at greater risk for poor health than in past generations due to environmental influences.

Mendham Borough Schools has a board approved wellness policy and have established guidelines to promote an environment for healthy eating at school to encourage healthy eating habits:

Board of Education Policy #5141 :: Health .

  • As per NJ Administrative Code, It is advised that each student have medical examinations at least once during each developmental stage: 
    • Early Childhood (Pre-K-3rd grade)
    • Pre adolescence (Grade 4-6)
    • Adolescence (Grade 7-12)