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Frequently Asked Questions

1)  When should I keep my child home from school?
  The student should be kept at home if he/she has:
* a fever of 100 F or higher or has not been fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications
For Influenza-like illness the CDC recommends exclusion from school for a fever of 100.0 F or higher or has not been fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications
* vomiting or has diarrhea within the past 24 hours
* an undiagnosed rash; requires doctor's note to return
* been on antibiotics less than a full 24 hour period for strep throat, pink eye, impetigo, or other contagious illnesses 
* pink/red, draining eyes; requires a doctor's note to return 
* a cold in the active stages with secretions that cannot be contained
 
2)  What should I do if my child requires medications to be taken during school hours?
  Parents requesting medications administered by the school nurse must:

* contact the school nurse to obtain a Medication Authorization Form for both prescription and over-the-counter medications or go to the website, click on Schools, Lincoln, Departments, Health Office, Forms, Medication Authorization Form

* complete and sign the top portion of the form

* have the doctor complete and sign the bottom portion of the form

* bring the completed form and medications in its original container to the school nurse; CHILDREN ARE NOT PERMITTED TO CARRY MEDICATIONS TO AND FROM SCHOOL
 
3) What should I do if my child sustains an injury and cannot take physical education class?
  Parents requesting a physical education exemption for their child should:

 

* Contact the school nurse.

 

* Obtain a doctor's note stating the current level of activity tolerated, the length of exemption and expected date of return to normal activities.
 
4)  What should I do if my child cannot attend school?
  Call the main office at (908) 789-4455 and speak with the secretary. Give the child's name, class and reason for the absence. If you have to leave a message, please speak clearly and remember to give a reason for the absence.
 
5) What should I do if I find lice or nits (eggs) in my child's hair?
  *Speak to the school nurse.
*Call your pediatrician or pharmacist.
*Begin treatment; follow the directions carefully.
*Check all members of the family.
*Have your child checked by the school nurse on the morning of his/her return to school before going to the classroom.
 
6) How are food allergies handled in school?
 

 * ALL parents are asked to consider the needs of children with food allergies. Peanuts and their by-products along with tree nuts (cashews, almonds, etc.) and sesame pose a heightened threat to children with these allergies. Many of our Lincoln School students have severe, life threatening food allergies and would require prompt medical attention with accidental ingestion/exposure. Therefore, we strongly suggest providing alternative snack/lunch/party items that DO NOT CONTAIN peanuts/nuts and sesame of any kind.

* Classmates are made aware of the special needs of others through discussion, storytelling, video, presentations, etc.

 

* Food sharing is NOT PERMITTED.

 

* Children wash their hands before and after lunch.
* A "food-safe" treat bag is brought from home and kept in the classroom for the child with allergies so they are not excluded from classroom celebrations involving foods AS THEY WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO EAT ANYTHING BROUGHT IN BY A CLASSMATE EITHER PACKAGED FROM A STORE OR FROM SOMEONE'S HOUSE.
* School personnel will not check food ingredients lists.
*Birthday celebrations DO NOT involve foods, no cakes, no cupcakes, no donuts, no candies, etc.

 

 
7) What is my child screened for at school?
  *Health screenings have been delineated more clearly by the NJ Department of Education. The school nurse will conduct screenings with the help of other school personnel when appropriate.
*Screenings for height, weight, and blood pressure will be conducted annually for each pupil Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages blood pressure checks for children aged 3 and over.
*Screenings for visual acuity must be done every two years for students P-K - 10.
*Screenings for auditory acuity shall be conducted annually for students in P-K - 3 and in grades 7 and 11.
*Screenings for scoliosis shall be conducted biennially for students between the ages of 10 and 18. Fifth grade students will be screened individually in the health office. Parents can be present; written requests and appointments should be made with the school nurse. Girls must wear halter tops or two-piece bathing suit tops as they will need to remove their top in order for the spine to be visualized; one piece bathing suits or leotards are not acceptable.
 
8) What if my child fails a health screening?
  *You will receive a phone call informing you that your child has failed.
*Your child's teacher will be informed and a request will be made for preferential seating so that your child is in a position to better see and hear the teacher.
*A re-screen date will be scheduled within a two-three week period to repeat the test.
*If your child fails the re-screening, a written referral will be sent home requesting further study from your physician.
*Make an appointment to have your child examined and bring the referral with you.
*Have the examining physician complete the form and return it to the health office as soon as possible.
 
9) What should I do if my child has a cough and is still attending school?
  Children with productive coughs (secretions) should remain home until secretions subside.
Children with non-productive coughs should learn "cough etiquette" which means turning his/her head away from others, coughing into a tissue and then washing hands with soap and water or coughing into the elbow so as not to contaminate hands.
 
10) What medical records are required for registration?
  An entry physical examination to be completed by physician (MD or DO) or advanced practice nurse. A 5 year physical exam is recommended for kindergarten, however if your child turns 5 over the summer please provide the 4 year physical exam as the deadline for medical forms is

 August 1. A physical exam is required for entrance into the pre-kindergarten program.

 An immunization record documenting the following for kindergarten registration:

  • DTP - 4 doses with one dose given on or after the 4th birthday or any 5 doses
  • Polio - 3 doses with one dose given on or after the 4th birthday or any 4 doses
  • MMR - 1 dose AND a second Measles vaccine or 2 doses of MMR
  • Varicella - 1 doses on or after the first birthday
  • Hepatitis B - 3 doses
 
An immunization record documenting the following for pre school registration:
  • DTP - 4-5 doses; 4 doses minimum for ages 18 months - 4 years
  • Polio - 2-3 doses; 3 doses at age 18 months - 4 years
  • MMR - 1 dose; after age 1 year
  • Varicella - 1 dose; after the age of 1 year
  • Haemophilus Influenza Type B (HIB) - at least 1 dose after age 1 year
  • Seasonal Influenza Vaccine - 1 dose, yearly requirement (Sept - Dec. 31) to avoid school exclusion. For those students entering between Dec. 31 and
  • April 1 - 1 dose. After April 1 - not required for entrance.
  • Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine - at least 1 dose after age 1 year

 

Parents must also complete a Personal Health History