Hello and welcome to Our Lady of the Lake School’s Health Office page! Your children’s health and safety are important, and we want to provide the environment for healthy learning and promote wellness to our students.
The School Nurse serves as a liaison between family, school personnel and health care providers. All medical concerns, health forms, medications and special needs are handled through this office. Also, the Health Office is responsible for health counseling, first aid and emergency care, parent conferences and faculty conferences.
During the school year the nurse measures all students for their height, weight and blood pressure as well as vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings. Parents will be notified of any abnormal findings and referred for follow up with an appropriate physician.
All medical documents should be returned to school to the attention of the School Nurse by August 31st. Any child with incomplete medical records will not be permitted to attend school until all forms are submitted. If your student is returning from the prior school year, please be aware that many of the forms have been updated or changed. Only fully completed original forms will be accepted.
ALL PK3 and PK4
Before entering Pre-K at Our Lady of the Lake School, your child will need to have a physical examination by their pediatrician or health care provider completed on the Universal Child Health Record. All students must also have a completed Emergency Reference Form on file. The State of New Jersey mandates that all children attending school have an up-to-date immunization record. A list of the immunizations required for entering Pre-K can be found below. An official record of your child’s immunizations can be obtained from your child’s pediatrician or health care provider.
ALL NEW STUDENTS 1ST – 8TH GRADE, KINDERGARTEN, 3RD GRADE AND 6TH GRADE
All new students 1 st through 8th grade as well as all students entering Kindergarten, 3rd grade and 6th grade are required to have a complete physical prior to the first day of school. All physicals must be submitted on the New Jersey Department of Education Pre-Participation Physical Examination Form. It should include any specific health issues, restrictions, allergies and medications. All sections must be completed in full by both the physician and parent or it will not be accepted. All students must also have a completed Emergency Reference Form on file. The State of New Jersey mandates that all children attending school have an up-to-date immunization record appropriate for their age and grade level. An official record of your child’s immunizations can be obtained from your child’s pediatrician or health care provider.
All student athletes, grades 6th through 8th that participate in an interscholastic sport are required to have a yearly physical. It is highly recommended that student athletes, grades 3rd through 5th receive one as well. The New Jersey Department of Education requires the use of the specific Annual Athletic Pre-Participation Form. It should include any specific health issues, restrictions, allergies and medications. All sections must be completed in full by both the physician and parent or it will not be accepted. All physicals are valid for one year from the date of the examination. If a physical is not valid at the start of the season, the student athlete will not be able to participate in that sport, including all pre-season practices.
Pursuant to New Jersey State Law, N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41(d),school districts must distribute the Sudden Cardiac Death In Young Athletes pamphlet to each student-athlete and to the parents or guardians of the student athletes, as part of the student’s pre-participation physical examination and completion of the athletic permission forms. A student-athlete and the parent or guardian of the student-athlete shall certify in writing that they received and reviewed the pamphlet. In order to help protect our student athletes, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association mandates that all athletes, parents/ guardians and coaches follow the NJSIAA Concussion Policy. The NJSIAA Concussion Policy must be reviewed and signed. Additionally, we ask that you review the fact sheet on Sports Related Eye Injury from the New Jersey Department of Education.
MEDICATIONS AND ILLNESS
New Jersey Laws state that the School Nurse is the only member of the school staff that may administer medication in the school. Children who are ill and require antibiotics for temporary illness (i.e. strep throat and ear infections) should be kept home during the acute phase of the illness. They should only return after being treated for 24 hours on an antibiotic and/ or fever free for 24 hours. All antibiotics should be given at home. No antibiotics should be sent to school with the student with instructions for them to take it on their own. Any student who is absent due to illness for 3 or more consecutive days shall require a note from a physician stating they are medically cleared before they may return to school. For students who require a specific medication, either prescription or over-the-counter, to be given for an extended time, including school hours, must have a Medication Consent Form completed by both a parent and physician. A doctor’s order and medication schedule must be completed by a physician even if the medication is over-the- counter and non-prescription. The parent’s authorization must be signed by the parent or guardian granting the School Nurse permission to administer the medication. A separate form must be filled out and signed for each medication that needs to be administered. All parts of the Medication Consent Form must be completed in full or the medication will not be administered. All medications must be properly labeled, not expired, and in their original bottle. They must be brought to the school by an adult to be kept in the Health Office. Students who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness or have a significant medical history such as severe food allergies, asthma, seizure disorder or other diseases requiring care by a medical specialist must have an appropriate care plan completed and signed by the physician. If your student requires any specialized care or accommodations please call to schedule a meeting with the School Nurse as soon as possible.