School Health

School Health

Nurse: Tricia Dowling, R.N.
Phone: 973-509-4153
Fax: 973-509-6553


It is our policy to protect, measure, and promote the best health possible for students and school personnel. The school nurse measures the health of students by providing regular screenings for vision, hearing, and other medical problems. If it is found that a child has a health problem or potential problem the nurse will report this to the parent, with a recommendation as to the kind of doctor needed to help the child. The nurse keeps a record of the immunizations that each child has received and tries to control contagious diseases. N.J. law for kindergarten and new students requires physical examinations; the nurse will provide a physical form to be taken to the doctor.

In order for me to keep your child safe and healthy, it is important that you notify me immediately with any changes in your child's health, change or addition of medication, or any other pertinent information that could have a profound effect on your child's health and well- being.

Health Guide For Parents

Parents are urged to keep their child home from school when he/she shows any of the following signs or symptoms of contagious illnesses during the night and/or morning of school: Chills, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive coughing, irritated eyes (pink eye), undiagnosed skin rashes/eruptions, and lice.

A child should not return to school until he/she has been free of fever for twenty-four (24) hours. If the school nurse observes any of these signs or symptoms while the child is in school, parents will be notified and the child will be excused from school. If the parents are unavailable, the designated alternate emergency number will be called.

Contagious diseases requiring exclusion from school are: measles, mumps, rubella, flu, chicken pox, small pox, impetigo, scalp ringworm, salmonella, lice infestation, fever, typhoid, untreated staph or strep infections, conjunctivitis, and meningococcal meningitis. Contagious diseases should be reported to the school at all times. The nurse should also be informed of any medical problem concerning a student, such as heart, orthopedic, surgery, allergies, long-term disabilities, etc. Diagnosis or treatment beyond first aid procedures is not within the responsibility of the school.

If a child is injured and requires crutches, a wheel chair or has a cast, a doctor's note indicating the child may return to school with or without any accommodations must be presented to the nurse before the child can return to his/her class.


Please call the main office at 973-509-4155 and leave a message if your child will be absent. Include the reason for the absence and approximately how long your child will be out of school.


Children may require medications during school hours. The policy regarding medication is as follows: Students requiring medication at school must have a written statement from the family physician detailing the dosage, time and purpose of the medication. A Medication Permission” form is available from the nurse from the parents and is also required for medication to be administered.

All medication is to be supplied by the parent/caregiver in a properly labeled container. The label must list the name of the medication, the time to be given, the doctor's name and the doctor's telephone number. All medication will be kept in the nurse's office and administered by the school nurse. Please include a proper measuring device for the administration of the medicine. If you have any questions, please call 973-509-4153.

All prescriptions and over the counter medication will not be given without written authorization from the child's doctor and parent.

Physical Examinations

All kindergarten students and new students are required to have a physical within the past year.

Health Forms

All medical forms required for school can be found and printed by clicking on the "Forms" button in the yellow bar at the top of this page.


According to NJ Department of Education guidelines, we screen the students for the following

  • Vision—Grades K, 2 and 4
  • Hearing—Grades K through 3
  • Blood Pressure—Grades K through 5
  • Heights & Weights—Grade K through 5
  • Scoliosis—Grade 5

Parents will be notified if any findings need further evaluation.

Emergency Cards

Sometimes jobs and friends change. If so, kindly send us a note with the new information so we can update your child's emergency card.


Getting chilled or wet won't give you a cold. Viruses, not weather, cause colds. Numerous studies have shown that people exposed to bone-chilling temperatures and drafts don't catch a cold unless they are exposed to viruses. Colds are more common in winter because people (especially children in school) spend more time indoors and thus are exposed to more germs.

Wash Your Hands

One way cut down on your risk of catching or spreading colds and other viruses is to wash your hands frequently, using warm water and soap. The Center For Disease Control and Prevention calls hand-washing the single most important step for preventing infections.

Healthy Snacks

  • A heart healthy snack should contain 5 grams or less of fat per serving. It is a good idea to become familiar with the food labels. Share this information with your kids, too. Avoid products with trans fat and limit products with saturated fats.
  • Water is the best drink. If you are providing juice, make sure it is 100% fruit juice. Gatorade, Kool-Aid, iced tea, and sodas are not good choices as they are non-nutritious and almost all sugar.
  • Encourage your child to drink low fat or fat free milk with lunch.
  • PTA Food Guide

Head Lice Information

Resources and Websites

Food Allergy and Asthma


Please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns!

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