As the school nurse, I am responsible for the assessment of your child's health needs. My role includes that of student advocate, triage nurse, and health educator. I am part of an interdisciplinary team that helps to ensure that every student at Mackay is afforded a healthy, happy, school experience that provides them with wonderful learning opportunities. As part of that team, I help to organize and coordinate your child's health care to meet his or her unique health needs and support educational goals. This includes developing Individualized Health Care/Emergency Care Plans, managing medications when necessary, conducting screenings, evaluating safety issues related to school, and ensuring privacy. In addition, I teach health education classes throughout the school year. Please feel free to contact me regarding any health care related questions or concerns at the number or email below.
The Health Office phone number is 201-816-7703. The fax number is 201-568-7687. I am available between 8:15 am and 3:15 pm. A voice message may be left at any other time during the school year. My email is- firstname.lastname@example.org
TO REPORT AN ABSENCE
To report an absence, please call 201-816-7703 or leave an email message before 9:00 am on the first day of your child's absence and for each day thereafter.
Vision and hearing screenings will be conducted during the school year. I expect to begin screenings in October and conclude by May. If your child is unable to pass the screening, a vision or hearing referral form will be sent home. Fifth grade students will be screened for scoliosis with parental permission in May.
Transfer students must present complete records of immunizations upon registration and prior to attending classes. The Immunization Form can be downloaded, as it appears in the Files Section of this page. It is also available in the Health Office.
No student is permitted to carry any medication during school hours. All medications must be administered by the nurse in the health office. This includes over the counter medications as well. All medications must be brought to the Health Office and be non-expired, clearly labeled, and in an original container. Any student needing an inhaler, epi-pen, or any medication must provide the nurse with a signed Medication-Rx Administration Form (available through the Health Office or downloaded below). Any student who has used these medications in the past should have received forms prior to the end of last school year, to be returned in the fall. Please send in completed forms and medications as soon as possible.
WHEN TO KEEP YOUR SICK CHILD HOME
Sometimes it is hard to judge whether or not your child is sick enough to stay home. The final decision might be a judgment call on your part, or an intuitive feeling. A few rules of thumb may be helpful in offering you some guidance:
- If your child has had vomiting or diarrhea the day or night before—the child should stay home.
- If your child has a fever -- 100 degrees or higher, the child should stay home for 24 hours after the fever has subsided. Please be aware that if the temperature is 99.4 or higher in the morning that fevers trend higher in the afternoon.
- If your child complains of sore throat in combination with headache and /or vomiting, it is quite possibly strep throat. The child should be taken to the pediatrician for a strep culture. If positive for strep throat, your child MUST stay home until he/she has taken antibiotics for 24 hours.
- If a child has discharge or crusting from eyes, please consult a pediatrician. The child should be treated and be discharge-free before returning to school.
- If your child has a cold with lots of congestion or any illness that prevents them from being able to focus in the classroom or might disturb the rest of the class, a day at home might make all the difference. If you are a working parent, I know that this can present difficulties; however, you might be preventing a more serious illness by giving your child time to recover from a less serious illness.
In the event you are unable to stay home with your sick child and do not have childcare options, you might want to check out the Sniffles Club at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ. This is a daycare program offering care for mildly sick children. The program requires pre-registration.
Their website is: http://www.holyname.org/pediatricservices/sniffles_club.asp