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Health Office Guidelines

HEALTH OFFICE GUIDELINES (answers to some common questions)


Medication – Prescription or Non-prescription

1. Medication needs to be brought to school by a parent /guardian and given to the nurse directly. (Call first to be sure nurse is in the office.) 
2. Bring medication in the original container with the child’s name on it.
3. Medication must have a written doctor’s order and parent permission-
4. MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION FORM  must be completed and handed in with all medications ANNUALLY.  FORMS AVAILABLE IN THE HEALTH OFFICE and on this site to download (see *Important Health Related Documents link on the right side of this page)

Asthma and Allergy medication

1. Self-administration law applies only to life threatening conditions (ie. Proventil (acute acting) inhalers and/or EpiPens only)
2. FORMS AVAILABLE IN THE HEALTH OFFICE and on this site to download (see *Important Health Related Documents link on the right side of this page)
3. Child must be reliable and well instructed on use of medication
4. Keep spare medication in nurse’s office, if possible and note all expiration dates/replace before exp. date if possible

When completing “Student Emergency Information” in the Genesis portal, keep the following in mind:

1. Please fill it out completely.
2. Please notify emergency contacts of their role and responsibility.
3. Give emergency contacts information about your child, i.e., allergies, meds for allergies, name and phone number of physicians and dentist.
4.  Update form when there are changes, i.e., work numbers, cell numbers, new babysitters, etc. by contacting the school.
5.  Cell phones have proven to be an efficient method of communication (please keep near you throughout the day in case of emergency).
6. Notify the main office if you are going out of town to let us know who will be responsible for your child/children in your absence.


1. Child and parent/guardian report to nurse before classes begin. 
2. Physician’s note required with gym/recess restrictions and use of crutches or wheelchair in school.
3. Buddy for assistance with books/belongings will be chosen each period of the day by the period teacher.

 Casts/Splints/Ace Bandages

1. Physician’s note required with gym/recess restrictions.
2. Bring MD note to health office and give to Nurse.
3. If MD note states restrictions are "until further notice", another MD note MUST specify when student can return to gym/recess in school (even if child has returned to extracurricular activities).

 Control of Communicable Diseases (See “Administration Regulations” tab on right side of page)

When you call the absentee line, give reason, i.e., strep, pink eye, stomach/respiratory flu, etc. Please call the nurse directly for COVID or Pediculosis.


- Elevated temperature of >100.4 degrees
- Child must be fever free for 24 hours without FEVER REDUCING medication in order to return to school
- Unexplained rash or draining sores (exposed MRSA)
- Infectious diarrhea
- Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

1. Physician’s note necessary to return to school
2. Include documentation of any gym or recess restrictions
3. Contact your School Nurse and Guidance Counselor to discuss a safe and appropriate return to school.

If you have questions, please contact the school nurse any time!

(908) 789- 4577