• Protocol for Absences

    • Providing a healthy and safe environment for your children is the primary goal of the School Nurse.  The following guidelines must be used when determining if your child should be kept home from school:
      • Common Cold- Your child may return to school when the severity of the symptoms subsides and the temperature has been normal for 24 hours.
      • Ear Infections- Your child may return when pain free and the temperature is normal.
      • Fever- Your child may return when the temperature has been normal for 24 hours.
      • Pink eye- Your child may return after being on medication for 24 hours.
      • Pneumonia/Bronchitis- Consult your physician.
      • Strep Throat- Strep is not contagious after 24 hours on appropriate medication. I suggest that you keep your child home for 48 hours as a matter of good health practice.Always remember to replace your child's toothbrush after a strep infection.
      • Vomiting/Diarrhea/Flu- Your child may return after there has been no vomiting or diarrhea and is fever free for 24 hours.
    • Please call the office before 9 a.m. if your child will be absent. On the next day in attendance the student must bring into school a written note for the absence. If a student is tardy he/she must also bring a note and report to the office for an admission pass.
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    • Absence because of religious holidays is permissible by state law. A student will be given an opportunity to make up any work missed due to his/her absence.

    • Any unexcused absence is considered truancy and is so designated in the School Register for attendance purposes by the State Department of Education of New Jersey. Aside from the obvious reasons of missing schoolwork, there is a more important reason for not being truant. When students leave home for school in the morning parents assume they have arrived. When the school office compiles the absence list for the day, listing those students not in attendance, we assume the student is being kept home for a purpose such as illness. Parents will be notified after 15 absences because excessive absences may be cause for retention.