Nurse’s Office and Student Health
Mary Ellen Bowlby BSN, RN, CSN-NJ
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen Sedlacek BSN, RN, CSN-NJ
Email Address: email@example.com
Address: 10 School Street, Clinton, NJ 08809
Phone Number: (908) 735-8512 Ext 500
Fax Number: (908) 735-5895
Dear Clinton Public School Families,
During this difficult and challenging time we are working hard to keep our students safe, healthy and ready to learn. We are actively collaborating, cooperating, and consulting with our school staff, parents and health department.
Whether virtual or in person, your school nurses are staying connected and responsive to the needs of our school community. We are aware that parents are facing some challenges as this health crisis continues, but please know that we are here for you.
Please continue to let us know if your child experiences medical issues, whether COVID-19 related or other signs of illness. Continue to reinforce preventative strategies such as, social distancing recommendations, wearing face masks and frequent hand washing. Also, do not forget to complete and submit the daily morning Pick Up Patrol health screening for your child. Together we will promote the health and safety of our students and communities as we navigate these uncharted waters.
Please visit our COVID-19 information and parent resources page for up to date important NJ and Hunterdon county website links!
Also, a flu shot is highly recommended annually for everyone 6mts and older and is even more important this year (ALL PreK students are required to have their flu shots by the end of December-it is mandatory by the state!). CDC's advice about the flu shot this year can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccine-benefits.htm
Here is a link for local flu clinics and information for scheduling, locations, etc.: https://www.hunterdonhealthcare.org/news_room/2020-flu-clinics/#
Mrs. Bowlby and Mrs. Sedlacek
Overview of Health Office Services
Good health is basic to sound education and productive living. The purpose of the school health program is to maintain, improve and promote the health of the school-age child. Parents should feel free to contact the school nurse about health concerns regarding their children.
Fever of 100 degrees or more, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, cough, congestion, runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue and a loss of taste or smell are COVID-19-like symptoms and should be reported to the health office. If your child is sick, please have him/her stay home, self-quarantine and call your healthcare provider and call or email your school nurse.
Please notify the school nurse if your child develops any contagious illness or condition such as flu, chicken pox, head lice, impetigo, pink eye, scarlet fever, strep throat, etc. Children may return to school 24 hours after an antibiotic has been started for a strep infection or pink eye.
Illnesses occurring or developing during the school day will be evaluated by the school nurse and the student will either be sent home or allowed to rest in the Health Office. If your child needs to be sent home, you, the parent or guardian, will be notified so arrangements can be made and picked up within 30 minutes. Emergency information should be kept current with the nurse school so you can reached in the event of an emergency.
To promote a healthy lifestyle children should be dressed appropriately for the season and specific weather. It is important that your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a nutritious breakfast every day before coming to school.
Height, weight, and blood pressure screenings are performed yearly on each student. Vision screenings are performed every other year. Students are screened in kindergarten and grades two, four, six, and eight. Hearing screenings are performed annually for students in kindergarten through grade three and then in grades five and seven. If a student has difficulty with the initial screening the student will be re-evaluated. If there is a problem after the second screening a referral will be sent home requesting an examination and evaluation by a physician. If, at any time, you suspect a problem with your child’s vision or hearing and would like to have your child tested, please contact the school nurse and the testing will be performed.
Scoliosis screening is performed every other year on students that are 10 years of age and older. Students in grades 5 and 7 are checked. If there is any deviation from the norm a referral is sent home requesting an examination and evaluation by a physician.