Welcome to the Office of the School Nurse
HEALTH OFFICE INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
SCHOOL ABSENCES: Parents are required to notify their child's school EACH DAY that a child is absent. Please call 871-3434 as early as possible.
POLICY ON MEDICATION: The following steps must be taken in order for your child to receive any prescription or over-the-counter medications:
1. Written permission stating the name of the medication, time of administration and reason for the medication must be submitted by the doctor EACH YEAR.
2. A note from the parent/guardian directing the school nurse to administer the medication at school must accompany the doctor's written permission.
3. A Medication Permission Slip completely filled out by the doctor and parent/guardian.
4. All medication must be in the original container clearly marked with the child's name.
5. DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS, STUDENTS CANNOT TRANSPORT THEIR OWN MEDICATIONS TO SCHOOL . PARENTS OR A DESIGNATED ADULT MUST BRING THE MEDICATION TO SCHOOL AND HAND IT TO A STAFF PERSON. AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, ANY UNUSED MEDICATION MUST BE PICKED UP BYA PARENT OR A DESIGNATED ADULT. ANY UNUSED MEDICATION NOT PICKED UP BY THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL WILL BE DISCARDED.
6. Any child diagnosed with a life threatening illness or condition that requires self-medication should contact the School Nurse.
7. If you would like your child to receive ibuprofen, tylenol, tums, or cough drops (in accordance with our school doctor's orders) while at school, a written consent from you is necessary.
SCHOOL PHYSICALS: Physical exams must be conducted at the medical home (family physician/pediatrician) of the student and a full report sent to the school. This regulation is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. A physical examination is required of each child upon entering school. Documentation of the physical exam must be provided within 30 days upon enrolling into school (pursuant to NJAC 6A:16-2.2. Following this initial examination, it is important for children to be examined at least one time during each developmental stage including early childhool (preschool-grade 3), pre-adolescence (grades 4-6), and adolescence (grades 7-12). If your child does not have a physician or you are new to the area, please contact me.
Sport Physicals may be done by our school doctor if necesary, but is strongly encouraged that your private doctor performs the physical. In order for the school doctor to do the physical, your written permission is necessary. For students who have had a Sports Physical done within a year of the try-out date, only a Health History Update form is needed. Please go to the "Sport Information" section for necessary forms.
SCREENINGS: Annually, each child is measured for height, weight, and blood pressure. Screening for visual acuity will be conducted every 2 years for grades K-10, in grades 5 and 7. Auditory screenings will be done annually for grades K-3, grade 7, and grade 11. Scoliosis screening is conducted for all students ages 10-18, biannually, in grades 5 and 7. (Scoliosis is defined as a condition of the spine in which the spine may curve to the left or right. It is most commonly found during the time of rapid growth and may progress if not treated. The purpose of the screening is to recognize Scholiosis in its earliest stages). In all screenings, parents will be notified of any student suspected of deviation for the recommended standard.
EMERGENCY CARDS: When filling out your child's emergency card, please complete the front and back. Please try to use local people for any emergency contact, as someone who is more than 20 minutes away may be reluctant to pick up your child. If your emergency contact/and/or work/cell/home numbers change, please notify the school immediately.
IMMUNIZATIONS: If your child has had any recent immunizations, please send a copy of the physician's certificate to school nurse so your child's health record can be updated. Please note that entering 6th graders must receive the Meningitis and Tdap vaccination before the school year begins. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me, Mrs. Foti, Certified School Nurse, at 871-3434. Our fax number is 871-2434,
Mrs. Patricia Foti
Certified School Nurse
Ridgway Middle School
Phone 871-3434; fax 871-2434