Alison Hillen R.N.
Handwashing continues to be the single most important thing that you can do to stay healthy & well. Please review with your child, proper handwashing as we begin a new school year.
It is important for students to receive medical examinations during the developmental stages of early childhood, pre-adolescence, and adolescence; therefore it is recommended that students be examined by their physicians in Grades 1, 3, 5, and 7.
Private Physical Examination Forms may be found on the school website.
Sports Physicals may be used as the private examination; however the Private Examination may not be used as the Sports Physical
Any student wishing to tryout for a school sport must have a sports physical on file with the school nurse prior to the tryout . This includes Athletic Physical Examination Form, Clearance Form, Athletic History Form as well as the SBS Sports Related Concussion Acknowledement Form, and the Cardiac Sign Off Sheeet . The sports physical may be used for all sports that your student may tryout for during the school year, within 365 days from the date of the actual examination. There are no exceptions, as this is a state mandate.
Please check with the team coach or the school nurse for your child's eligibility status.
All sports forms can be found on the school website.
*Please Note: Eye injuries are the leading cause of preventable blindness and visual impairment in children, and most injuries occurring in school-aged children are sports-related. The fact sheet, developed by the New Jersey Department of Education, includes critical information to promote the prevention of eye injuries as well as recommendations for the appropriate management of eye injuries that may occur. Each school district and nonpublic school is required to distribute the educational fact sheet annually to parents or guardians of the students, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41.9(b), in order to reduce the needless loss of sight that can occur during sports activities.
The fact sheet can be accessed at: http://state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/SportsRelatedEyeInjury.pdf
Please be reminded that the State of New Jersey mandates certain immunization requirements for school attendance. Non compliance will result in exclusion from attending school.
An immunization guidance grid is available on-line at: www.nj.gov/health/forms/imm-7.pdf.
Your child's School Health Record remains with them through Grade 12. Therefore, should you child receive an innoculation at any time during the year, including the summer months, please provide the type of vaccine with the date adminstered to your school nurse.
*Special Notice Regarding All Sixth Graders: New Jersey requires additional vaccinations for students Entering Sixth Grade to help protect preteens and teens against two serious diseases: Meningococcal Disease (Meningitis) and Pertussis (Whooping Cough). These are required for attendance as a student in Shrewsbury Borough School. Failure to comply with the immunization regulation is cause for exclusion from school. Thank You for your Cooperation.
For further information with regards to immunization requirements, as well as resources, and frequently asked question:
24 Hour Rule:
If you are not sure if your child should stay home from school, talk to
your pediatrician or school nurse.
When to Keep a Child Home from School
Deciding whether to keep a sick child home from school is a hard decision, especially if it means missing work or paying for childcare. Here are some guidlines to follow as you consider whether you child is sick enough to stay home:
- A fever 100 degrees or higher is a signal that your child should stay home. The child should be fever free (without the aid of motrin, tylenol, etc) for 24 hours before they return to school. The child should also be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Has been vomiting or has diarrhea
- Has symptoms that keep your child from participating in school, such as:
- Very tired or Lack of appetite
- Cough that he/she cannot control
- Body aches/Earaches
- Sore Throat especially with a headache or stomache ache
- Is his/her illness contagious to others? If so keep them home. It is not reasonable bring germs to school.
Reminder - please notify the school when your child is absent. Include name, class, and reason. This will help us to disinfect classrooms properly and track the incidence of illness.
All absences must be reported. You have 3 options in contacting SBS to report your child's absence/lateness:
- Call our main number (732) 747-0882, press 8 and then press 1 to leave your message
- Email SBS via the SPTG App found on the SPTG website, or
- Email SBS directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please be sure to keep your contact information current in the Parent Portal (ie: change of cell #, change of job #)
Medication in School
As per Board Policy, and in accordance with New Jersey Statutes, no medications, either prescription, non prescription, or nutritional supplements, may be taken by a student or distributed to a student by anyone other than a parent or a certified school nurse. Therefore, should it be absolut
ely necessary that your child require medication during the school day or on a school trip, please refer to the School Handbook, and follow the guidelines that are described. This information should be forwarded to the school nurse as soon as possible, so that your child's medication needs can be accommodated. The necessary Medication Form can be downloaded from the School Website.
Head Lice are parasitic insects found on the human head & scalp. Having head lice is very common and is spread by direct contact. The best method of controlling a head lice outbreak is by regularly checking your child's hair/scalp at home. Students should wear their hair tied back and be mindful of their personal space. Please see the document below for the most current information regarding Head Lice. Please see the links below for valuable and up to date information with regards to head lice.
Strep Throat is an infection of the throat that is common in young children & characterized by a very red, painful throat often accompanied by fever, tender & swollen lymph nodes, headache and/or stomachache. Spread is from person to person through secretions. It usually takes 1-3 days from the time a child is exposed until symptoms develop. Students must be on an antibiotic and fever free for a full 24 hours before returning to school.
Both of these conditions are reportable to the School Nurse.
Summertime is fun time.
A time for outdoor activities with friends & family. Observing basic safety rules at play, can keep children safe.
Bicycle helmets / Sunscreen/ Swim with adult supervision/ Insect repellent