Health Services (From the Nurse’s Desk)
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According to the New Jersey State Department of Education, the fol-lowing guidelines will be followed when administering medications:
1. A student must present a written and signed order from a legal prescriber (physician, dentist, or nurse practitioner) along with written parental permission in order to take prescription or over-the-counter medicines in school.
The order must include but is not limited to:
An outline of the pupil’s diagnosis.
- The name, dosage, and time of administration of the drug along with potential side effects.
- An outline of any restrictions the medication might make on the student's activities (e.g., lab, PE, or shop class).
- If medication is prescribed on an as-needed basis, the order should clearly describe the condition under which the drug is to be used.
- List other medications the student received that might enhance, alter, or impact the effects of the ordered medication.
2. All medication must be kept in the original container and may be administered only by the school nurse in the Nurse’s Office. All medi-cation must be brought to the Nurse's Office by the parent or guardian.
This procedure is in compliance with the state mandated directives, and parental and staff cooperation are essential . Supplements and capsules that appear to be medications, if not prescribed, will be considered as substances under the substance abuse policy.
Vision and hearing screenings Any parent/guardian, counselor, teach-er, or student may request a vision or hearing screening at any time during the school year if a problem is suspected.
Students transferring into a NJ school directly from a high TB inci-dence country may be required to have a mantoux tuberculin test or present proof of having had one within six months. These students will also be required, within one month, to have a physical examination or provide proof that one had been performed within one year of enroll-ment.
According to the New Jersey law, every student is required to have the following immunizations:
DPT - 3 doses of Td or combination of DTP, DTaP, DT equal to 3 doses.
Tdap - 1 dose for students born on/after 1-1-97.
Polio - Must have received at least three doses of oral polio vaccine.
Measles - Two vaccinations are required if born after 1/1/90, or labora-tory evidence of immunity must be provided.
Mumps and Rubella - one vaccination or provide laboratory evi-dence of immunity.
Hepatitis B - All students must have a completed series of immuniza-tions or laboratory evidence of immunity.
Meningococcal - 1 dose for students born on/after 1-1-97.
Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine which can have complications in a child's life. Ten percent of the population of the United States has some form of Scoliosis. Of that ten percent, only one per-cent require treatment. A Scoliosis examination is performed bi annually on students between the ages of 10-18. Any parent/guardian wishing his or her child to be excluded from this examination must contact the school nurse.