Health and Wellness


Health
HEALTH SCREENINGS

Every year your child's height, weight and blood pressure will be measured. Vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings will also be done according to state guidelines.   A referral form will be sent home with student if further testing is recommended by the school nurse.


PHYSICIANS 

The Importance of having a Medical Home

Family medicine plays an important role in providing direct and continuous care of a person and their family. Family medicine physicians are trained to address the most pressing and most common medical needs of patients without being limited by age or gender. They also practice a range of medical subjects and specialties, rather than the depth of a specific medical field. The focus of a family physician is the patient as a whole. 

Continuity of care means the repeated contact between a person and their doctor. Trust is a key element in the doctor-patient relationship because people are more likely to disclose important information with doctors they know and depend on. It is also helpful for doctors to personally know their patients’ health history because it helps them make better-informed healthcare decisions and give personally tailored advice and recommendations. They are there to help you navigate chronic medical issues, like diabetes or asthma, as well as acute medical conditions like injury or illness.

Medical examinations of your child by their family doctor should occur at least once during each developmental stage: at early childhood (preschool through grade three), pre-adolescence (grade four through six), and adolescence (grade seven through 12). 

https://www.state.nj.us/health/forms/ch-14.pdf

MEDICATION POLICY

District policy requires a written prescriber's order for all prescription and over-the-counter medication.  The district can not accept the pharmacy label on the medication in lieu of the prescriber's written order. Medication must be brought into the nurse's office by a parent or guardian, and may not be brought in on the bus or by the student.  Medication must be in the original container and pills out of the container will not be administered. 

Non prescription medication such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol/non-aspirin), Ibuprofen (Advil), Excedrin,  Aleve or Midol may be given with written permission from parent. Dosage may not exceed recommended dosage for size and age per container. 

For Preschool students, Children's Tylenol or Motrin may be given for a fever of 102 or above with the proper permission form completed, however, your child will still need to go home.

Cough Drops need to be brought in from home by parent with a note giving parental permission. 

*See Forms page for access to all medication related paperwork

24 HOUR RULE

THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES IN OUR SCHOOL IS TO FOLLOW THE 24 HOUR RULE.

It is understandable that balancing work responsibilities with the care of an ill child can be difficult. Many children return to school sick because they are anxious to return or for fear missing a special event. It is important to remember that sending children back to school before they are recovered from any illness can cause the spread of illness to the entire school population.

Children should stay home from school until they have been: 
~without a fever for a full 24 hours WITHOUT the aid of fever reducing medicine.
~has been 24 hours since the episode of vomiting or diarrhea


COVID-19 INFORMATION

Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Service

http://www.pittsgrove.net/news/the_road_forward

As a reminder, do not send your child to school if they are having COVID symptoms, have had a positive test, or are waiting for a pending PCR test. 

COVID Symptoms are any one of the following symptoms: coughing, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste or smell; - or- two or more of any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, shivers, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue or congestion/runny nose. 

Fully vaccinated students who were a close contact do not need to quarantine unless they are symptomatic. Please keep your child and any unvaccinated siblings home and we will be in contact to help you navigate the guidelines and assist with possible resources if needed.         

 




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