As mandated by state law, both of these must be submitted before the first day of school or the student will not be allowed to attend.
Please be sure to call the Nurse’s Office at (732)360-4546 if your child will be absent from school for any reason by 9:15am that day. We worry if we can’t account for all the students, so if you don’t call us we have to call you. The voicemail is operational 24 hours a day, so you may call at any time. You may also email if that is more convenient to: S.Ritz@obps.org or email@example.com
Guidelines for Keeping Children at Home:
- If your child has a fever they should be kept home until 24 hours fever free (100 degrees or higher) without the use of Tylenol/Motrin.
- If your child experiences diarrhea or vomiting, they should be kept home until they have been able to keep down three square meals and have no diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours
- Strep throat or Pink eye (conjunctivitis): must be on medication for 24 hours before returning to school, and must provide a doctor’s note to return.
- Contagious rashes such as Ringworm or Impetigo: Students will be referred to your physician and a doctor’s note will be needed in order to return to school.
- If a child has purulent or discolored nasal discharge, is coughing excessively, appears to be hazard to the health of others, or cannot function in class they will be sent home from school.
Per the district medication policy, all prescription and over-the-counter medications including cough drops need a doctor’s order. In addition, medication must be brought in to school by a parent. Children are not allowed to bring any medications to school. We must have both the medication and the doctors order to be valid. Medications will not be accepted without an order and an order will not be accepted without the medication.
Emergency contacts should be entered via the parent portal. Please be sure the phone numbers listed are accurate. If there are any changes through the school year, please update the parent portal. If you have any questions regarding this please contact the main office at (732)360-4544. In addition, please make arrangements for someone local to pick up your child in the event of illness if you cannot be reached. Children will not be released to anyone not listed on the parent portal.
If you wish to send in a birthday treat for your child, please contact your child’s teacher. No food items of any kind will be permitted. You may wish to celebrate your child by sending in something small like a pencil for each student or stickers, goodie bags are not permitted according to the district elementary handbook. Unfortunately if food items are sent in, they will be sent back home.
If you have not already, please let the health office know of any allergies your child has. Peanut allergies do exist in our school. As precaution we have established a peanut table in each lunch session. If your child has a peanut product for lunch they will be seated at the peanut table. They are free to bring a friend with them who is not allergic to any peanut products. Keep in mind this is all for the safety of the children.
Physical Education Class
Gym class is an important part of your child’s school health program. If your child is injured and cannot participate in gym for more than 2 consecutive days a doctor’s note is required. Less than 2 days we can take a parent note. If a child is excused from gym they will not be participating in recess. NO gym ALWAYS means no recess, no exceptions to the rule.
Please provide your child with an extra change of clothes that can be left in their backpack or classroom. Accidents can happen at any age and we know how difficult it can be to get to the school when you are at work.
Your child’s health
If at any time there is a change in your child’s health or feel something needs to be updated in their medical record, please inform us.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and assistance in keeping our children healthy and safe!
Feel free to contact us at any time with questions or concerns. Welcome to Voorhees, we look forward to a great 2018-2019 school year!