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 without fever-reducing medication.
- 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 (below 100°F) for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
- Conjunctivitis/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. 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 for 24 hours and is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
Please call the office before 8:45 AM if your child will be absent or late, with a reason for the absence/lateness. This will prevent a phone call home to locate your child. If a student is tardy he/she must sign in at the office and report to the Health Office for a 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 school work, 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, noting those students not in attendance, we assume the student is being kept home for a purpose such as illness.
- Parents will be contacted to address patterns of unexcused absences.
Protocol for Exemption from P.E. & Activities at School
A physician's note should be sent to the Health Office if a student has an injury or illness requiring that they be excused from participation in Physical Education. PE is a regular part of our school curriculum. It is expected that any student who has restricted activity in PE will have restricted activity at recess and in interscholastic sports. The safety of students recovering from injury or illness is a school priority.
Fresh air and activity are important to learning. Time outside helps clear the mind and encourages further learning. Students should dress appropriately according to the weather for days when they will be outdoors. It is generally considered safe for students with mild respiratory illness to be outdoors; natural humidity in the air is helpful with congestion.