Mary Sutton, BSN, RN, CSN-NJ
**5th Grade Reminder for Parents and Students**
All students entering the 6th grade are required to receive one dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis) and one dose of a meningococcal-containing vaccine. Your student will bring home reminder notices. Once the vaccines are given, please send documentation of these immunizations to the nurse's office. Any student whose 11th birthday falls after the start of school should have an appointment and get the immunizations as close to their birthday as possible and bring the appointment letter to the middle school nurse.
Many of the schools in the Hamilton Township School District are experiencing an increased incidence of communicable diseases such as strep throat and gastrointestinal illness. We are asking for your cooperation to help ensure the health of the entire school community. The following guidelines are meant to control the spread of communicable disease in the classroom.
Fever: Any student with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be excluded from school. Students must not return to school until they are fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication. (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.)
Cough: Students that are coughing continuously should remain at home if the cough interferes with the child’s ability or the ability of other students to concentrate on their schoolwork.
Vomiting: Any student who vomits will be excluded from school. Students may return to school when they are free from vomiting for at least 24 hours and tolerating normal meals.
Strep Throat: (streptococcal infections). Please notify the school nurse if your child has been diagnosed with strep throat. Students must be on antibiotics and fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
Pink Eye: (bacterial conjunctivitis). Students must be on an antibiotic for 24 hours and have no purulent discharge from the eye to return to school.
Please observe the following symptoms as indications of illness:
- A fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
- A prolonged colored nasal discharge accompanied by other symptoms
- Persistent cough
- Upset stomach
- Headache and/or irritability
Please consider the health of your child and that of the entire school when sending your child to school. One sick child can expose an entire classroom of students and staff to infection.
Cold and Flu Season
We know that cold and flu season will hit us sometime during the school year. Here are some general tips to keep you and your family healthy.
- Eat a well-balanced diet.
- Drink plenty of fluids (water, milk, juices).
- Get plenty of rest.
- Dress appropriately for the weather (coats, hats & gloves).
- Exercise regularly.
- Use good hand-washing practices.
- Please do not send your child to school unless they are free of a fever for 24 hours and have no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours.
PLEASE CALL THE ATTENDANCE LINE EVERY TIME YOUR CHILD WILL BE ABSENT FROM SCHOOL
Keep phone numbers updated (home, work, emergency contacts, cell phone) in PowerSchool. It is very important that we are able to contact you in the event of an emergency.