Health Office

Welcome to the School Nurse's page. I am always glad to assist your family with any issues relating to health at home and at school. Check here for health information throughout the school year.

Nurse Contact Information:

Marjorie McShane, RN
Phone: 973-509-4261
FAX: 973-509-1433

Absences:
If your child or children will be absent, please call the main office @ 973-509-4259, leave a message on the attendance line, include the reason for the absence and estimated time your child will be absent.

Illness, Injury/Health Status Changes:
If your child is experiencing any change in their medical status or has been newly diagnosed with asthma, food allergy, or any other acute or chronic condition, please alert the school nurse.
Injuries such as fractures, stitches etc. must also be reported and accompanied by a note from the doctor/health care provider stating any restrictions for gym and recess.
Crutches, casts, splints or orthopedic boots require consent. Please have doctor/health care provider fill out following form:


Clearance for Crutches, Casts, Splints or Orthopedic Boots

Health Screening:
Students are screened for height, weight, blood pressure, vision, and hearing according New Jersey Department of Education guidelines as follows:

• Vision: K, 2nd, and 4th grades.
• Hearing: K-3rd grades.
• Scoliosis: 5th grade
Parents are notified about any abnormalities if needed.
 

Medications:
Medication may not be given in school without a written prescription from the doctor/health care provider, and written permission from the parent/guardian. This applies to both prescription and over the counter medications. Diagnosis of asthma, food allergy and epilepsy require an action plan.

Asthma Treatment Plan
Seizure action plan
Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan

Students are not permitted to carry medicine. An adult must bring all medications to the health office, in original, labeled container.

Incoming Students:
Pre-School, kindergarten and for those students transferring from another school district must have up-to-date immunization and physical examination within the year on the Universal Health form, *Medical Form Physicals are also recommended for students entering 6th grade.

6. When to Keep Your Child Home:
• an elevation in temperature (100 degrees or more). *Your child should remain home until fever-free for 24 hours without acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
• any vomiting or diarrhea. *Your child should remain home until vomiting and/or diarrhea has stopped for 24 hours and food is tolerated.
• any contagious illness (strep throat, persistent cough, unidentified rash, etc.) that could infect others, distract your child or disrupt the class. *Physician's note will be needed to return.

Add link to NJDOH graphic: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/docu/flu/sendkidschool.pdf

COVID-19 https://www.montclair.k12.nj.us/UserFiles/Servers/Server_889476/File/Parents/COVID-19/2021/COVID-19%20GUIDANCE%20CHART%201.27.21.pdf

Resources:

NOTE: All forms such as medication and physical exam forms can be downloaded from the District School Nurse's Page, by clicking on the Forms link at the side of the district page.

Head lice are usually not difficult to eliminate when early identification is made. The Montclair School Nurses want to assure you that most families can successfully eliminate head lice by using simple, scientifically approved methods. Lice FAQ.
Websites

Insurance program for uninsured NJ families. Information can be obtained by calling: 1-800-701-0710 or visit the website. http://www.njfamilycare.org/default.aspx


Food Allergy and Asthma Network—For information on food allergies and asthma.

www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/index.htm For information on a wide variety of common childhood illness and current recommended treatment and prevention.

Further information on other health related topics can be found on the District School Nurse's Page.

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