Welcome to the Robinson School Nurse Page


    Nurse's corner

    Building a Better Tomorrow... Together

    Laurie Ann Natal, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ

    School Nurse 

    Robinson Elementary School

    Hamilton Township School District


    609-631-4163 x32905  |  609-631-4131 fax
    495 Gropp Ave, Hamilton, NJ 08610



    Google Class Code: 7s27jqt

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    The Optional Yearly Student Health update form is now available in an electronic form. Please click on the link below to complete your child's health update for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Optional Yearly Student Health Update


    The following are the district guidelines for the Nurse's office for maintaining health and safety during our return to school. No adults will be permitted in the school building except for the assigned staff and students to limit potential exposure to and spread of infection. Please follow all procedures outline by the district and school for drop offs and pick ups.

    Health office

    ● Is divided into wellness and isolation areas as mandated. 

    ● Visits to the health office from students will be limited for superficial reasons. Minor first aid, chapped lips, minor nosebleeds will be managed in their classrooms

    ● The use of inhalers with spacers instead of nebulizer treatments when possible is recommended for students with Asthma. 


    Parent drop-off of forms and medications

    ● Bins will be placed outside of the main office for drop-off of forms.

    ● Appointments for drop-off of medications.

    ● Schedule class II medications will continue to be counted and signed off by nurses and parents. Parent to park in lot, call nurse on phone (609-631-4163 #3) Nurse will meet parent at the side parking lot door for the exchange and counting of medication. 

    Protocol for Exclusion (Students and Staff)


    ● Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)

    ● Runny nose or congestion with other symptoms

    ● Cough

    ● Vomiting

    ● Diarrhea


    ● Fever or chills

    ● Cough

    ● Shortness of breath or Difficulty breathing

    ● Fatigue

    ● Muscle or body aches

    ● Headache

    ● New loss of taste or smell

    ● Sore throat

    ● Congestion or runny nose

    ● Nausea or vomiting

    ● Diarrhea

    Follow guidelines for exclusion (student and staff) based on known COVID-19 symptoms, guidelines may change and will be updated frequently in line with the Hamilton Township Health Department (HHD) and NJDOH.

     Robinson School Plan for pick up of excluded students

    Pull into school parking lot and park in spot designated for pick up directly across from side door

    Call school (609-631-4163 number 3 for nurse) and let nurse know designated person is here (nurse must be given this information by the parent upon call for need to exclude)

    Child will be brought to the side door and released to parent or designated family member for pick up- MUST have Driver's License or picture ID to release child. MUST match the name which was given to nurse PRIOR to the pick up.

    ● Exclusion form must be given to parent/guardian/designated pick up or staff member: physician signature required for return to school

    ● Exclusion form must be returned completed.

    Student Assessment and Return to School Form

    Protocols for Return to School (Students and Staff)

    ● Students or staff members must be seen by a physician and completed form returned.

    ● All illness guidelines for exclusion must be observed if COVID-19 negative test.

    ● All timelines for isolation must be observed for COVID-19 positive test.

    If a student/staff member does not, or refuses to go, to a physician, they must isolate for 10 days and 24 hour fever free without fever reducing medication prior to returning to school


     Covid-19 Resources 

    Community Resource Guide-list of community resources offering various types of assistance to families

    Respiratory Symptoms- distinguishing between COVID-19, flu, seasonal allergies and asthma

    Talking to Children about Covid-19 a resource guide for parents

    Hand Washing Video for children

    Wearing a Mask- A story for Children

     How to properly wear and care for your cloth mask

    wearing a mask

    How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask (CDC)

    CDC recommends that you wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others.

    • Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19
    • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
    • Masks should be worn by people two years and older
    • Masks should NOT be worn by children younger than two, people who have trouble breathing, or people who cannot remove the mask without assistance
    • Do NOT wear masks intended for healthcare workers, for example, N95 respirators

    How to Select

    When selecting a mask, there are many choices. Here are some do’s and don’ts.

    DO choose masks that: have 2 or more layers of washable, breathable fabric; completely cover your nose and mouth; fit snugly against the sides of your face and don't have gaps.
    DO NOT choose masks that: are made of fabric that makes it hard to breath, for example, vinyl; have exhalation valves or vents which allow virus particles to escape; are intended for healthcare workers, including N95 respirators or surgical masks.
    Caution: Gaiters - have not been evaluated and their effectiveness is unknown. Face shields - we do not know how much protection a face shield may provide
    Special Situations: Glasses - If you wear glasses, find a mask that fits closely over your nose or one that has a nose wire to limit fogging.


    Special Situations: Children - If you are able, find a mask that is made for children; If you can’t find a mask made for children, check to be sure the mask fits snugly over the nose and mouth and under the chin; Do NOT put on children younger than 2 years old.


    How to Wear

    Wear a mask correctly and consistently for the best protection.

    • Be sure to wash your hands before putting on a mask
    • Do NOT touch the mask when wearing it
    Do wear a mask that: Covers your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin; Fits snugly against the sides of your face.

    Do wear a mask that

    • Covers your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
    • Fits snugly against the sides of your face

    For more information, visit our How to Wear Masks web page.

    Do NOT wear a mask

    DO NOT wear a mask: around your neck, on your forehead, under your nose, only on your nose, on your chin, dangling from one ear, on your arm.

    How to take off a mask

    How to take off mask: Carefully, untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops; Handle only by the ear loops or ties; Fold outside corners together; Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.
    Washer and dryer - dryer has regular laundry including face masks

    How to Clean

    Masks should be washed regularly. Always remove masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.

    • Include your mask with your regular laundry
    • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask
    • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry

    For more information, visit our How to Wash Masks web page.

     Food resources available in Mercer County for families in need: 

    There will not be a breakfast program in the school this year. They plan on doing a 5 day breakfast distribution weekly as they did during the initial shut down. Details will be coming soon and I will update the webpage with that information.

    If you are in need of greater assistance, I have posted the following links which of which food pantries are still open and providing food in Mercer county as agencies that are providing meals to go.

    Mercer County Pantries/food services- updated weekly 


    If you are having difficulties with housing or other resources, please contact the Mercer County Board of Social services

     Mercer County Board of Social Services website

    If your child is struggling with mental health or behavorial issues, Mobile Response via Perform Care is still providing services. 

    Children's Mobile Response English

    Children's Mobile Response Spanish


    NJ Mental Health Resources


    Important information for 5th grade parents

     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. *Please note: it is not mandatory that you use the form provided. If you have a valid immunization record from your child's doctor which shows that that they received the Tdap and Menactra vaccines and the date it will be accepted for school records. 

    **As a result of the current school closure due to Covid-19, if your child has had these vaccines or obtains them during this time, you may scan a copy and email them to me at lnatal@hamilton.k12.nj.us

    5th grade immunization letter


     Important information for incoming Kindergarten/new students

    The following forms need to provided to the school nurse for all incoming new students. 

    Elementary Health history (English) to be completed by parent

    Elementary Health HistorySpanish)

    Universal Child Health Record to be completed by child's doctor

    Immunizations A copy of your child's most up to date immunization record, NJ requirements are listed in the link provided.


    If you do not have a doctor you can call the Hamilton Township health Department at 609-890-3884.  They are located at 2100 Greenwood Avenue, Hamilton, New Jersey 08650. They offer free physicals and immunizations to Hamilton students who do not have health insurance or their health insurance does not cover immunizations or physicals.


    **As a result of the current school closure due to Covid-19, these forms may be scanned and emailed to the nurse at lnatal@hamilton.k12.nj.us

    Health Insurance Information

    NJ Family Care

    If you do not have health insurance you can also call the Hamilton Township Health Department for info on immunizations and school physicals at (609) 890- 3647.  They are located at 2100 Greenwood Avenue in Hamilton.


    ** Health Alerts: Colds and flus are minimal this year due to covid protective measures such as masking, social distancing and good hand hygiene. If your child is experiencing COVID symptoms- even if they appear to minor such as congestion, headache, runny nose. Please keep your child home from school and consult their doctor.

    Symptoms of the Corona virus include fever, a dry cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may also include fatigue, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore  throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.Testing can be done at state run sites and a few select urgent cares. You do not have to go to the ER in order to be tested. If any one in your family tests positive or has an exposure and is on Quarantine, please let the nurse know right away via email (lnatal@hamilton.k12.nj.us). 


     Tips for preventing illness

    Please remember that students must be fever free for 24 hours without tylenol or motrin, and eating and drinking normally without nausea, vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours after a stomach virus in order for them to return to school Students with Strep throat or pink eye must be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours before their return. If your child has vomited in the night PLEASE do not send them to school in the morning, they will only be sent back home to you for their much needed rest.

    Good respiratory hygiene (coughing/sneezing into a tissue or elbow) followed by good hand washing will continue to be reinforced with all of our students. CDC recommended posters are hanging in every classroom, near bathrooms, in the cafeteria and the main hallway (see below) The Students will be washing their hands with soap and water before lunch, after recess, whenever they toilet, sneeze into a tissue, or put their fingers into their mouths or noses. There is also board approved hand sanitizer on the wall at the entrance to the cafeteria for your child's use. If you prefer you may send in a small container of hand sanitzer or antibacterial hand wipes for your own child's use (not to be shared) per district policy. Although hand sanitzer is not capable of killing viruses, they make the hands an inhospitable environment for viruses and reduces the liklihood of infection. Hand washing MUST be done with proper technique in order to be effective. Please reinforce this with your child/children at home. 

    The preventative steps people can take to avoid becoming ill and the treatment are similar to those of most illnesses like the flu. Good hand hygiene is your best defense against getting infections.


    To help protect yourself and others from  infections:


    • Wash your hands often with soap and water
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid close contact (kissing, touching, sharing eating utensils and shaking hands) with people who are sick
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as door knobs and toys
    • Use good respiratory hygiene: coughing and sneezing into a tissueor elbow and properly disposing of tissues.
     Robinson School food allergy and allowed snack information
    no nuts
    Food allergies: Robinson food policies remain the same as last school year 

     ***We are no longer celebrating Birthdays with food treats here at Robinson. We will be doing birthday shout outs during morning announcements and have our birthday wall located outside the health office. You may send in stickers, pencils or small trinkets to celebrate your child's day. You may speak to your child's teacher to see other NON FOOD ways to mark this day. All holiday celebration treats MUST be chosen from the recommended food list ONLY.   Home baked treats and store bought cupcakes ARE NOT ALLOWED. There are no exceptions to this rule. There will be no pizza or ice cream parties.


    The following classrooms have been designated Nut-free: K/Connell,1/Duford, 2/3 Whitlock, 3/4 Druckenmiller, 4/Tinay, 5/Slaboda, 4/5 Blazer.

    In additon, Mrs. Woods/Miller, Ms. Duford and Mrs. McClungs's classes are designated gluten free classrooms

    The Robinson recommended snack list 2019-20 is as follows:

    Potato chips*- Lay’s classic, Herr's, Utz

    Pretzels- Bachman, Rold Gold, Utz, Herr's or Shop Rite brands

    Philly Pretzel trays from Rt 130 (near Harry's arm navy) or Ewing 1400 Park Ave (previously Lawrence store)

    Popcorn*- Utz plain (and cheese if no dairy allergy), Wise, Bachman or Smart food (if no diary allergy)

    Tortilla chips*- Utz, Tostitos, Herr's

    Goldfish crackers, Cheez-its, Doritos (IF no dairy/gluten allergies in class)

    Graham Crackers- Nabisco, Keebler, teddy Grahams or Shop Rite

    Cookies- Oreos  or Chips Ahoy

    Rice Krispie Treats- original (pre packaged, not homemade) not gluten free-has barley flour

    Philly Swirl* Frozen Treats

    Water Ice*- Marino's or Luigi's


      ***These foods are brand specific, no substitutions can be made.

    *Denotes Gluten Free 

    Although our students now eat lunch in the cafeteria every day including one session days, if your child is in a designated nut free classroom and eats a snack, the snack MUST be free of nut products. 


    sick teddy

    Illness: Hamilton twp district policy requires that a child must be free of fever (temperature >100 degrees), for 24 hours WITHOUT taking a dose of Tylenol, Motrin, Advil or other fever reducing medications. If your child returns to school before the 24 hour period, they must be sent home from school.Vomiting or diarrhea also requires a 24 hour recovery period at home. A child must be eating full regular meals without any symptoms (pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea). If they have not eaten and tolerated dinner well the night before, they are NOT ready to come back to school.  It is very important to make a family emergency plan that includes back up child care should your child become ill and not be able to attend school. A doctor's note is required for return to school if they are absent for 3 or more days.

    School district policies on illness exclusion (exclusion de enfermedad)

     Illness exclusion policy 



    Absence/lateness/doctors visits: Please call the attendance line (or the school nurse directly if you prefer) if your student is going to be absent or coming in late to school. The nurse is required to track illnesses reportable to the Health department and State. It helps very much if you share this information with her. If this call is not made, the Nurse must call you and check on the status of your child. If you know in advance your child will be absent or away, inform the nurse as well as the teacher. When visiting your child's doctor, dentist, orthodontist, etc. please obtain a note from their office to document the reason for absence. It is very important that we have a note on file in the case of attendance issues.  If your child has orthopedic equipment (crutches, braces, surgical boots), stitches, staples, a concussion or any other restrictive conditions including no gym or recess, we will need a doctor's note to specify the injury and length of time expected they are expected to have restricted activity. For your child's safety he/she will be excluded from gym and recess until we receive a clearance from their doctor that they may return to unrestricted activity.


    Medications: In order to give your child ANY medication in school (inhalers, antibiotics, eye drops, cough medicine, Tylenol etc), there must be a written doctor's order. The medication order form can be obtained from the nurse. It must be filled out by the doctor, signed by a parent and returned to the nurse along with the medication in its original pharmacy box. Students are not allowed to carry or bring medication to school, it must be brought in by an adult and given to the nurse.

    Links to our medication forms are listed below:

    Medication Administration form

    Food Allergy Action plan

    Asthma Action Plan

    Diabetic Management Plan

    Pupil Self Medication form (English)

    Pupil Self Medication form (Spanish)



    Emergency Contact Numbers:

    It is of critical importance that we have up to date phone numbers where we can reach you in the event of an illness or emergency with your child. If you have not already completed the online emergency contact information please do so as soon as possible and alert the school wehn complete. If your phone numbers change, or there are alternate phone numbers to be used, even for one day, please notify the school immediately. There is nothing more frightening to a child then to have to go to the hospital without a parent present.



    Screenings: Your child's annual health screenings for height, weight, vision, hearing, and dental take place through out the school year. You will receive notification of the results of your child's screening if there are any concerns which need to be followed up by his or her doctor. If there are any recommendations for further evaluation (such as failed vision screen), please take the screening notification form with you to the doctors and return it to the nurse with results of the follow up. If you need assistance obtaining follow up or have financial difficulties, please contact the nurse for a list of resources available to you.


    Community Resources for families

    Local Pediatricians

    Mental Health resources





    Thank you for helping us keep all of your children safe, happy and healthy in school. If anything changes with your child's health (new illnesses, medication changes, old issues now resolved) or you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to call


Health Services Forms and Documents