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JWMS Health Services

Mr. Burr, Principal
217 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4270
Fax: 609.806.4271
Guidance: 609.806.4272

JWMS Health Office

Kathleen Bihuniak MSN, RN, CSN

Phone: 609-806-4273
Fax: 609-806-4271

The Health Office is a resource for parents/guardians and children, and actively supports the concept of participatory health care. The Princeton Public Schools Board of Education requires periodic health screening of students. These screenings allow experienced health care practitioners to review the health of the students and to suggest medical referrals where appropriate. All children new to the district and all sixth graders are required to have physical exams. Physical exams must have been completed within a six-month period prior to entering school and should be documenting using the physical exam form (pdf). The family’s personal physician should perform these examinations.

Each year, the school nurse tests the vision and hearing of all students, and measures their height and weight. Parents/guardians will be notified if these exams suggest health problems.

Scoliosis screening for curvature of the spine is required yearly for all children after their tenth birthday. These screenings take place in the late spring and parents/guardians will be notified if their child is to be screened.

If a child must provide evidence of a tuberculin test, New Jersey mandates that only a Mantoux (PPD) test may be accepted as a valid tuberculin test. Parents/guardians may request that the school nurse administer the Mantoux test in the school health office. State law also requires all children attending any school in New Jersey to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. A list of required immunizations will be given to parents/guardians when they register their children. 

When accident or illness occurs at school, first aid will be administered and parents will be notified. Children cannot be transported home or to the hospital by school staff. Therefore, it is very important that parents return the EMERGENCY CARD sent home each September. This information should be updated as needed. Should parents be away, please let the health office know who to contact in case of an emergency. In extreme situations an ambulance will be called.

Illness: If your child demonstrates general signs of illness, he/she should not be sent to school. Headache, nausea, listlessness, and earache are such signs. Skin rashes, sores, swollen glands, and sore throat may require medical attention. Children with elevated oral temperatures will be sent home according to the following criteria:

1. Oral temperature between 98.6 F and 100 F. the child will be sent home if our school nurse deems it necessary.
2. Oral temperature above 100 F. The child will be sent home even if no other symptoms are reported or apparent.

Recommendations to parents:

1. Keep child home for 24 hours following establishment of a normal temperature.
2. WARNING- Do not use aspirin unless directed to do so by your child’s doctor.

Sick children are not permitted to walk home from school: the school is not equipped to keep ill children.

Medications: Medication can only be dispensed by a school nurse or a child’s parent/guardian. Children are not allowed to carry their own medication. All medications must be kept locked in the school health office. ’Medication’ applies to both prescription and non-prescription medicines and can be given only if the following three-step procedure is completed:

1. Written permission is received from the family physician.
2. Written permission is received from the parent/guardian.
3. The medication is in the original container.

If your child has an allergic or asthmatic condition which requires medication during the school day, it is recommended that medication be kept at school. A medication administration form, available from the school nurse, will be completed by your child’s physician. This permission form will stay valid until the current school year ends.

Special Needs: Temporary or permanent physical needs that may affect a child’s school program and/or well being should be communicated to the school nurse. Physical education and recess restrictions must be communicated in writing. The reason and time period should be included. A note from your child’s physician might also be needed. In general, children who return to school after being ill should be well enough to participate fully in the school program.

Communicable Disease and Other Conditions: Please inform the school health office of communicable illnesses; e.g., chicken pox, fifths disease, “strep” throat, influenza, measles (regular and rubella), mumps, scarlet fever and conjunctivitis (pink eye).

Ringworm, pediculosis (head lice), scabies, and impetigo are communicable conditions that require exclusion from school and appropriate remedies.

Princeton Regional Schools has a “nit-free” policy regarding pediculosis and a careful screening in the health office must occur before a child is readmitted to the classroom. Children who still have nits (eggs) in their hair will need to stay home until they are “nit-free”.