Absence Reporting Only: (856) 478-2016 ext. 1000
Absence Reporting: AttendanceHTS@harrisontwp.k12.nj.us
Student Health Issues/Questions: (856) 478-2016 ext. 6311
Fax Messages to Nurse: (856) 478-6463
Please view the Winter 2018-2019 Health Advisory here: Health Advisory
The Board of Education believes that regular attendance at school is necessary for a child to maintain his or her academic program in good standing. On the basis of this belief, the Board supports the Superintendent in all reasonable efforts to ensure that children attend school regularly when they are physically and mentally capable of doing so.
IN THE CASE OF AN ABSENCE, THE PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST CALL THE ATTENDANCE LINE AT THE BUILDING THE CHILD ATTENDS AND REPORT THE ABSENCE TO THE HEALTH OFFICE. THIS SHOULD BE DONE AS FAR IN ADVANCE AS POSSIBLE, OR NO LATER THAN 9:00 AM ON THE DAY OF ABSENCE.
RE-ADMISSION TO SCHOOL FOLLOWING STUDENT ABSENCE:
- In the event a child is absent from school for a period of five (5) days or more due to illness, re-admission is dependent upon a certificate from the family physician.
- Chicken pox is considered contagious for a minimum of five (5) days and until all lesions are crusted. If five school days or more are missed, a physician’s authorization is required for the student to return to school.
- In both the above-mentioned conditions, a phone call or fax to the Health Office from the office of the family physician would be considered adequate in lieu of hand-written verification.
IMPORTANT: In the case of any absence, the parent/guardian must send in a note explaining the reason for the absence.
USE OF MEDICATIONS:
The Board of Education shall not be responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of student illness. The administration of prescribed medication to a student during school hours will be permitted only when failure to take such medicine would jeopardize the health of the student, or the student would not be able to attend school if the medication were not made available during school hours. For the purpose of this policy, “medication” shall include prescription and non-prescription medicines.
Before any medication may be administered to or by any student during school hours, the Board shall require the written request of the parent and the written
order of the prescribing physician. Medication must be in the original container stating the student’s name, name of medication, dosage, frequency of dosage,
and any description of adverse reactions.
The Superintendent has developed procedures for the administration of medication which provide that:
- All medication shall be administered by the School Nurse or the student himself or herself where the parent so permits and the School Nurse is present.
- Medication shall be securely stored and kept in the original labeled container.
- All medication shall be brought to the School Nurse by the parent/guardian and shall be picked up at the end of the school year or the end of the period of medication, whichever is earlier, by the parent/guardian. STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO TRANSPORT MEDICATION.
- The School Nurse will maintain documentation relating to the administration of any medications, recording the name of the prescribing physician, the name of the student, the dosage and timing of medication, and a notation of each instance of medication.