Nixon Elementary School Nurse's Office

  • Summer Newsletter-

    Nixon School Health Office

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    ***Please pick up your child’s medication that is stored at school before school breaks for the summer on the 26th.

    Medical Forms for next school year-

    Each school year new medication forms and action plans should 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 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.

    Summer meals-Please note the different locations dates and times to meet your needs.

    Your nearest summer meals site is: WHARTON SUMMER RECREATION, 2729 W STERLING STREET WHARTON, NJ 07885 PH:9083553663. Open: 07/08/2019-08/09/2019, M T W TH F, for breakfast 900. Contact site for more details. Hours may be different on holidays.

    Your nearest summer meals site is: WHARTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, 15 S MAIN STREET WHARTON, NJ 07885 PH:9083553663. Open: 07/01/2019-08/16/2019, M T W TH F, for lunch/supper 1130. Contact site for more details. Hours may be different on holidays.

    Your nearest summer meals site is: DOVER PUBLIC WORAN, 32 EAST CLINTON STREET DOVER, NJ 07801 PH:9083553663. Open: 07/08/2019-08/30/2019, M T W TH F, for lunch/supper 1200. Contact site for more details. Hours may be different on holidays.


    *It has been a pleasure to serve as the Nixon School nurse this year, and I welcome Catherine Leonard as the new Nixon School nurse starting this September. 

    *Congratulations to all the 4th graders who are graduating this year.  

    *Have a safe and stress free summer.

    Yours in health, Jennie Asaro, BSN, RN, NJ-CSN


    I wish you all a safe and happy spring break.  The following is my latest newsletter-

    Spring Newsletter from the Health Office

    Field trips- 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.

    Attendance- 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.

    Daycare- 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.

    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.

    Help wanted--Bulletin board project- I need your kids help.  I’m doing a project in my office where I’m making a favorite pet or animal collage in my office.  My hope is to encourage kids to visit my office and place their picture up on my wall. This gives students a chance to visit the nurse’s office when they aren’t sick and get comfortable with the environment so they aren’t frightened when do do need the nurse.  This project is great for kids who are service minded, who want to show off their pet, or any child who has expressed anxiety related to nurses’ or doctors’ offices, hospitals, etc. While I do attend to emergencies, including those that mandate a call to EMS per health policy, most of my days are bandages, temp checks, and stickers.  Once the project is complete it will serve to provide comfort to those who come to the nurse who are unwell. Let the cuteness begin and have your child bring by a photo or picture in the morning on the way to class. This project is ongoing.

    Warm weather safety- I think of swimming safety as we look ahead to summer.  This community is blessed with beautiful bodies of water and some of you are lucky enough to have pools.  I have included a link to the Red Cross water safety web page.

    Additionally, I have summarized what the Mayo Clinic staff recommends to avoid drowning. Parents should learn CPR, supervise children who are swimming, and enroll their child in swimming lessons.  It is important to note that swimming lessons are not a substitute for adult supervision. It is also worth mentioning that the adult who is supervising should refrain from drinking alcohol.(Mayo, Feb. 21, 2017).

    Nixon School Nurse: Mrs. Asaro
    Phone Number: 973-398-1416

    Tis the season for joy and happiness as well as infections.  This note will focus on strep throat infection which is most common in winter and early spring.

    Please be aware of the following signs and symptoms according to the Mayo Clinic –

    • Throat pain that usually comes on quickly
    • Painful swallowing
    • 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
    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Rash
    • Nausea or vomiting, especially in younger children
    • Body aches

    **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.

    Hoping for a happy and healthy new year to you and yours.

    Jennie Asaro, BSN, RN, NJ-CSN


     The Flu- A Guide for Parents was put out by the CDC.  It is available in our main office and in the new vestibule.  As of yet, our school has no confirmed cases that I am aware of.  Still, it is so important to stay informed and proactive during flu season.  I hope everyone stays well over the Thanksgiving break.

    Click HERE to access the guide.   


    Health Office Newsletter


    As we welcome Autumn a few reminders- 

    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. 

    Don’t forget to call our absentee line at 973-398-1416 if your child is going to be late or absent from school. 

    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. 

    Yours in Health,

    Jennie Asaro, BSN, RN, NJ-CSN


    Hello Nixon School Families!

    My name is Jennie Asaro and I am committed to the health, safety, and wellness of the children and
    staff of Nixon School. I am a Registered Nurse and NJ-Certified School Nurse. I have lived, worked, and
    volunteered in Morris County for many years. I am honored and thrilled to be welcomed into the Nixon
    School family.

    I believe the nurse’s office should be a safe and supportive environment that fosters collaboration
    between the nurse, families, and educators. I may refer to the nurse’s office as the “health office,”
    because I know that good health is foundational to learning. Optimizing your child’s health will help
    keep them in school and ready to learn.

    Your input and insights about your child are truly valued and appreciated. Please feel free to contact me.
    I am here to answer your questions and listen to your concerns.

    Yours in health,

    Jennie Asaro, BSN, RN, NJ-CSN