Wyckoff Public Schools
Health Services (Policy & Regular # 5310, 5320 & 5330):
The school nurses carry out the health program and work not only with the child but with the parents, the school physician, and the various community and state agencies. Physicals are required for new students entering the district. Appropriate forms will be provided by the school nurse that parents can take to the child’s primary care provider. Although not required, physical examinations are recommended in the second, fifth, and eighth grades. If parents take their child to their primary care provider for a physical examination and would like it documented on the child’s health record, a form can be obtained from the school nurse.
The children are weighed and measured and receive vision and hearing screenings in grades K-5, 6 and 8. Indications for concern revealed during screenings are promptly reported to the parents. In these instances, a referral form is sent home for the parents to take to the appropriate physician.
Nasal sprays, throat lozenges, pills, poison ivy lotions, and all other medications are not be brought to school. Improper use of medicine or drugs can cause considerable harm.
It is against the State medical laws for nurses to prescribe treatment or medication. However, the Wyckoff Board of Education will permit school nurses to administer prescription drugs certified by a physician in writing, along with written parental permission (in accordance with Policy # 5330).
Over-the-counter medication, too, requires a note from the physician and written parental permission if administering is to be considered during school hours. Each statement should include the signature of the prescribing physician or advanced practice nurse, parent signature, name of the medication to be dispensed, its strength, the amount, and the time it is to be administered. The medication should be presented in a clearly marked prescription bottle with name, dose, and time medication is to be given.
The school physician and school nurses will only administer first aid in the school or during a school activity. At no time will a student be treated for an injury that did not occur on the school grounds, or during a school-related activity. After first aid treatment has been administered, any further care or treatment must be given by the family physician.
Recess and Lunch Time:
After a return from an illness, we would appreciate parents not requesting a child remain indoors during recess time or noon hour activities. It is difficult to provide adequate supervision for these isolated cases. To insure complete recovery, it might be best to have the child remain at home until full participation is all classroom activities is possible.
Immunizations (Policy & Regulation # 5320):
In order to safeguard the school community from the spread of certain communicable diseases and in recognition that prevention is a means of combating the spread of disease, the Board of Education requires the immunization of pupils against certain diseases in accordance with the state statue and rules of the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services.
No child shall be admitted to school unless he/she has completed required immunizations or has been granted a provisional status in accordance with rules and the regulations implementing this policy. Please refer to Board of Education Policy & Regulation # 5320 for complete details.
Scoliosis Screening (Policy & Regulation # 5310)
In March of every year the 5th and 7th graders will be screened for scoliosis by the nurse or physical education teachers, as per N. J. S. A. 18A: 40-4.3. Scoliosis is a condition where the spine may curve to the left or right. It is most commonly found during the period of rapid growth. The purpose of the screening is to recognize scoliosis in its earliest stages. Girls may wear a bathing suit top, camisole or bra. Please be sure your daughter is prepared. Boys will be required to remove their shirts. All 5th and 7th grade students will be screened. If you do not want your child screened by the school faculty, please alert the school nurse in writing.