School Health Office Information: for Parents and Guardians
Medication at School
Medication should be given at home whenever possible. However, if a medication must be administered during school hours (prescription or over-the-counter), proper authorization must be provided to the school which is as follows:
- Written permission using the school district's "medication consent form" that both parent/guardian and the student's licensed healthcare provider (physician or nurse practitioner) must complete. In addition, the medication must be brought to school by the parent/guardian and be in the original container with proper labeling.
- Students are not permitted by law to self-administer medications at school, with the exception of insulin, asthma inhalers and emergency epinepherine, and then only if written authorization for this self-administration is provided by the parent/caregiver and the student's healthcare provider.
Please note that herbal remedies and nutritional supplements are not considered medications and cannot be given in school.
All screenings meet or exceed NJ School Health Services Guidelines.
School Nurses screen all students referred for CST evaluations and upon requests of parents and/or teachers.
All students new to the Montclair Public Schools are required to have a physical examination conducted by the student’s private healthcare provider at the provider’s medical facility (medical home). This examination must be done no more than 365 days prior to entry and must state what, if any, modifications are required for full participation in the school program. The physician’s report must be submitted to the school nurse within 30 days of entrance.
If you have an objection to your child's school nurse discreetly performing these screenings for your child, please notify the nurse, in writing, prior to the first day of the school year. This request must be made in writing annually since it will be automatically discontinued at the end of each school year.
If any abnormalities are detected, the school nurse will notify the parent and/or guardian of this.
The immunizations listed in this State of New Jersey document are mandatory for school entrance/attendance in New Jersey, and proper documentation of these immunizations must be provided to the school nurse by the parent/caregiver upon enrollment. They will be kept on file in the school health office.
A physical exam is required for all students entering Montclair Public Schools for the first time (Kindergarten and students entering other grades for the first time) and the school district's physical exam form must be submitted to the school nurse within 30 days of school entrance. Please note that any physical exam that was performed by a physician or nurse practitioner within the 365 days prior to the first day of school will be acceptable. It is also available, with other medical forms, on this site.
The physical exam must be performed by the student's primary healthcare provider (physician or nurse practitioner) and documented on the physical exam form. Both the parent or guardian and a medical provider must complete the form.
Procedures for Illnesses
If your child is ill with a fever (over 100 degrees), or vomiting the evening prior to school, during the night, or in the morning of a school day, he/she should stay home from school that day and the parent/guardian should call the school to inform them of the absence as well as the reason for it.
Following return to school from the absence, a note stating the reason for the absence should be provided to the attendance secretary and the school nurse by the parent/guardian.
Change in Health Status/Medications
Please notify your child's school nurse when there is a change in your child's health status, or if a medication has been added, deleted or changed to your child's treatment plan. It is important for the school nurse to have this information should an emergency occur at school. In addition, such changes are important for the school nurse to be aware of, for the proper assessment and care of your child should they become ill at school or display any side effects of a medication.