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Health Office

School Nurse

A qualified certified school nurse is employed at each of our schools during the school day. The nurse administers first aid in cases of accidents or sudden illness occurring in school. Parents will be notified and no care (in case of accident or sudden illness) will be given other than that defined as immediate, temporary care (first aid). The nurse supervises the health practices in the school, working closely with school personnel and parents.

The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing “as a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well- being, academic success and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive responses to natural development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy and learning”.

Our responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Carrying out written orders of the student’s medical home and standing orders of the school physician;

  • Conducting health screenings as designated by state regulations: i.e. vision, hearing, blood pressure, scoliosis, height and weight;

  • Maintaining student health records;

  • Directing and supervising the emergency administration of Epinephrine and Glucagon and the training of school staff designated to serve as delegates;

  • Developing Individualized Healthcare Plans and the Emergency Healthcare Plans for students with acute or chronic health problems;

  • Submitting data and reports to state agencies related to immunizations, TB testing and employee injuries;

  • Communicating health care information to staff and families;

  • Individual health instruction;

  • Providing assessment and care of onsite injuries and illness.

In 2011 Valley View School was presented with the “Asthma Friendly School Award” .

For more information, contact Ms. Ellen Garzon, Valley View School Nurse. View the Minimum Immunization Requirements for School Attendance in New Jersey.

Health Tips

We would like to keep all our children safe and healthy this year and every year, but we need your help. Take these everyday steps to protect your child’s health and help prevent the spread of illness in our schools:

  • Teach your children to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, and to throw the tissue in the trash after they use it. If a tissue is not available, they can cover their coughs or sneezes with their elbow, arm, or sleeve instead. Watch this video: Sneezing 101.

  • Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

  • Teach your children to avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.

  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius, or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.

  • If your child is sick, keep them home. Children should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, without using fever-reducing drugs. Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.