Nixon Elementary School Nurse's Office
Nixon School Health Office
Mrs. Cathy Leonard, RN, CSN-NJ
Phone Number: 973-398-1416
Health Office "Need to Know":
The school attendance policy is mandated by the state and a team of us are charged with maintaining attendance with a goal of maximizing learning time. Our letters are generated automatically when 5 absences are detected and according to school policy. I am happy to review any health file for required medical documentation and make amendments as needed.
***School Absences-What do I do if my child is going to be absent? Please call our absentee line at 973-398-1416 to report an absence. We request that you call before 9:30. Absences are excused with a note from a healthcare provider, death in the family, or at the discretion of the building administrator.
Just a reminder- Roxbury Day Care is independent from Nixon, yet provide a service in our building. They have their own medication forms and procedures and they do not have access to the nurse’s medication closet or paperwork before or after school.
What do I need for a field trip? For a child with a pre-existing medical condition to be safe on a field trip, they will need prescribed current medication and paperwork. If your child no longer needs medication, a note from a doctor stating the child is safely able to attend the trip without the medication must be supplied to the health office. Without the above, your child may be excluded from attending an upcoming field trip.
* Every new school year requires new medication forms and action plans to be turned into the health office at or before the first day. To find these forms, please go to the Roxbury Schools home page at www.Roxbury.org and click on District Offices tab at the top. From there, you will see the Nursing Health Services page. From this area of the site, you will be able to access and print any medical or medication forms you will need for the upcoming school year.
Please refer to the Nixon website “Nurse” tab to see when you should keep your child home from school. An important reminder regarding fevers. Please keep your child home if their temp is 100.0 or greater. Children must be fever free without the use of a fever reducer for 24 hours before they may return.
Flu season is fast approaching and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent flu is with a flu vaccine. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine each year by the end of October (CDC, 2018).
Preschool influenza (flu) vaccine requirement- N.J.A.C. 8:57-4 Immunization of Pupils in School-The current seasonal influenza vaccine is required every year for those children 6 months through 59 months of age. Students who have not received the flu vaccine by December 31 must be excluded (not allowed to attend child care/preschool) for the duration of influenza season (through March 31), until they receive at least one dose of the influenza vaccine or until they turn 60 months of age.
Nursing Health Services web page is a great resource-The Roxbury School District has a tab devoted to nursing services in the district. This page can be found on the district website under the tab District Offices. Forms are also accessible through this page.
Please pick up old or expired meds- Expired meds and no longer used medications must be picked up by a guardian as they may not be sent home with a child. If you think this may apply to you, please make arrangements to pick up with the best times being first thing in the AM or at the end of the day. Please pick up unexpired medication on or before the last day of school.
***Our school medication forms expire at the end of the school year and must be filled out again each September by both guardian and MD. Please mark your calendars for a time to get those forms filled out at the doctor. Some offices have a 7-10 day wait for these forms as they get swamped at the beginning of the school year++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++For Your Information:
Please be aware of the following signs and symptoms according to the Mayo Clinic –
Throat pain that usually comes on quickly
Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
Tiny red spots on the area at the back of the roof of the mouth (soft or hard palate)
Swollen, tender lymph nodes in your neck
Nausea or vomiting, especially in younger children
**At times, other viruses may mimic similar symptoms of strep throat. Only your child's doctor can diagnose and determine what course of treatment is best for your child.
The Flu- A Guide for Parents was put out by the CDC. It is available in our main office and in the new vestibule.
Click HERE to access the guide.