Nurse's Office

School Nurse


Health Services 

Colleen Hanson RN, Certified School Nurse
732-872-1476, ext. 12.  E-mail- chanson@highlandselementary.org 

Health Tips
Handwashing is the single most important step you can take to prevent the spread of germs and infectious diseases. Help lessen the illnesses your child encounters by teaching them how to wash their hands and reminding them when to wash their hands.

Flu vaccinations
Flu shots are mandatory for children who attend school and are under 60 months of age.  The flu vaccine is usually offered annually at CVS Pharmacy.  Other sources for sites that give the Flu Vaccine through the County are given on the website (visitmonmouth.com) or call the Central Jersey VNA@ 732-219-0834.

Immunizations
If your child has any immunizations during the school year, please submit an official copy to the health office so dates can be recorded to update your child’s health record.  
 Minimal immunization requirements required by the NJ Administrative Code are listed under “registration” on this website.

Physicals

Pursuant to Administrative Code Chapter 16 Section 6A:16-2.2

 An entry physical exam must be done within the past 365 days of the student’s first day of school. It is preferred that the student’s pediatrician perform the physical. 

 Your child’s physical exam should be done by your child’s private physician.  It is important that your child have medical exams at least one time during each developmental stage. These stages are early childhood (preschool through grade 3),
Preadolescence (grades 4 through 6), and adolescence (grades seven through twelve).  These exams are recommended to help assure proper growth and development, proper immunization status, assure general health and well- being, and will enable your child’s physician to pick up any deviations from the norm.  These exams are the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

 



Screenings
Pursuant to Administrative Code Chapter 16 Programs to Support Student Services Section 6A:16-2.2
Height, weight, and blood pressure screenings will be conducted by the school nurse every year for Pre-K through 6th grade.
Vision screenings shall be conducted biannually for K, 2nd, 4th, and 6th grade students.
Auditory screenings shall be conducted annually for students K through 3rd grade pursuant to NJSA 18A:40-4  
These intervals are determined by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.  

New Jersey Statutes 18A:40-4.3 provide for biennial Scoliosis screening for all pupils aged 10 or over, starting in 5th grade.  This examination may be done by a family physician or will be done by the school nurse.  A parent letter is required if you do not want your child screened. A referral will be sent by mail for those students who need to be further evaluated by their private physician. Please be sure to return the referral form as soon as the physician has completed it.

We will be happy to screen the vision and hearing of any student regardless of grade level. A parent/guardian may request to have their child tested by contacting the Health Office either by telephone or by letter.

Dental Clinics with a dentist and hygienists are held twice a year. This dental team will take x-rays, clean teeth and apply sealants. Cavities cannot be filled in school. Jersey Shore Medical Center has a full service dental clinic open Monday through Friday. They can be reached at (732) 776-3560. Most insurances, including Medicaid HMO’s are accepted.  A Vision Clinic with an eye doctor is held once a year in our Gym. Eyeglasses can be tried on and ordered at the Clinic and then mailed to you. An average eye exam costs only $30.00. A basic pair of frames cost $30.00. Parental/Guardian permission is required. Most insurances are accepted.              

Medication                     
Medication Policy and forms for parent/guardian and physician can be copied from the web site for your use or requested from me.  Remember, all medications even over-the-counter are required to have a PARENT PERMISSION as well as a DOCTOR'S ORDER.  Thank you.

General Health Guidelines
Our objective at Highlands Elementary School is to promote a healthy environment for all of our students to learn in.  While it is our goal to have students present in school as much as possible, there are some general procedures for you to be aware of that would necessitate you keeping your child home from school.  Generally, these are:


•    A child with a temperature greater than 100.0 should be fever free for 24 hours (WITHOUT any medication such as Tylenol or Motrin) before he/she returns to school.
•    A child who is vomiting or has diarrhea should stay home until these symptoms have stopped for at least 24 hours.  A child with persistent diarrhea should be seen by a doctor.
•    A child with a known or suspected communicable disease must stay home until a doctor approves his return to school, (in writing) or the symptoms are no longer present.  (Examples of communicable diseases: strep throat, chickenpox, shingles, herpes simplex, hepatitis A, impetigo, fungus skin infections, scabies, reddened eye with thick mucus or pus draining from it.) When a child is diagnosed with such a disease, the school health office should be notified so proper classrooms can receive notice.
•    A child with a rash of unknown cause should stay home until seen and released by a doctor as being not contagious, or until the rash is gone.
•    A child with upper respiratory infection (symptoms: persistent nasal discharge that is discolored, elevated temperature, productive excessive cough) should stay home until symptoms are improved at least 24 hours, or school attendance is approved in writing by a physician.

Lice: If you suspect that your child has lice, PLEASE notify the School Nurse. The ONLY WAY to get rid of lice from a classroom is for the parent and school to work together. There are many different products available to get rid of and PREVENT head lice. Please communicate with the School Nurse.

 


If you have any questions about these guidelines, or are unsure about any symptoms your child may exhibit, please don’t hesitate to call me at (732) 872-1476 & follow prompts for ‘Nurse.”  


 







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