Health Office FAQs: This page contains answers to common questions of students and parents .
1. What should parents do when they decide that their child must stay home?
When a parent/guardian decides that a student should be kept at home or that the student will be late to school, the parent/guardian must call the school by 8:30 AM on the day of the absence or earlier by leaving a message on the school's answering machine (201-843-3120, ext 518). If no notice is received, the school will attempt to contact the parent, at work or home, to determine the reason for the student's absence. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school of a student's absence or tardiness. If the school does not hear from the parent or is unable to contact the parent, the police will be sent to the home to ascertain the child's whereabouts.
2. What happens when a student is late to school?
Students who arrive at school after 8:20 A.M. are "late". Tardy students MUST report directly to the HEALTH OFFICE to receive a late pass before going to their class. Teachers do their attendance right after the bell rings, and may not make the change from "absent" to "late" if the student enters the classroom without a late pass, after the attendance has been taken.
3. What do I do when my child needs to take medication in school?
When it is necessary to administer medication (prescription or over the counter), in school the following policy is to be followed:
1. A parent/guardian must provide a written request for the administration of the prescribed medication (the form may be obtained in the health office or you can download it from this site by clicking on "health forms").
2. Written orders from the prescribing physician, detailing diagnosis, name of medication, dosage, time and route of administration must be presented (form may be obtained in health office or you can download it from this site by clicking on "health forms").
3. Medication must be brought to school in the original container with the child's name on it.
Medication WILL NOT be administered without the above three requirements. The certified school nurse/substitute nurse or parent/guardian is the only person permitted to give medication in school and/or on school trips.
4. Can I send cough drops or throat lozenges with my child to school?
No, cough drops and throat lozenges are considered medication and students are not allowed to carry medication on their person while in school. The only exception to this are those students who require an inhaler or epipen, and have permission from their doctor and parent to carry these.
However, in consultation with the school physician, Dr. Keshishian, the nurse can provide cough drops and throat lozenges to students in grades 4 through 8 only after receiving verbal or written permission from the student's parent. There is a check off area on the Health Office emergency card to give permission.
5.If my child has been sick, when can they return to school?
A student must be free from fever (without the help of medications) for 24 hours before coming back to school. In addition, if your child has been home because of a stomach virus, they must be without vomiting or diarrhea for 72 hours before returning to school. Also, if your child was diagnosed with a contagious illness (such as strep throat or pink eye), they must be on antibiotics for 24 hours before coming back to school. If your doctor states it is OK to return before 72 hours, then a note from the doctor is required stating that the student is allowed to return to school. This note must be brought to the nurse's office before your child goes to his/her classroom.