School nurses screen youngsters in five different areas. When a potential problem is identified, parents/guardians are notified and asked to secure the services of an appropriate professional practitioner.
- Hearing: Students are screened in grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, & 7; new pupils with no previous record of screening; children referred by staff members; and students with known problems. The Beltone Audiometer is used.
- Physical Examinations: Physical examinations are required for pre-school and kindergarten admission, transfers, Child Study Team referrals, and sports.
- Sports physicals must be on a Board of Education approved Sports Physical Form, which may be obtained from the school nurse.
- The Howell Township Board of Education recognizes the importance of obtaining medical examinations of the student at least once during each of students' developmental stages: Early childhood (pre-school through grade 3), pre-adolescence (grades 4-6), and adolescence (grades 7-12).
- Vision: All entering pupils and children in grades K, 2, 4, 6, 8 are screened annually.
- Blood Pressure: Students are screened in grades K-8 annually.
- Growth & Development: Height and weight are checked and recorded annually.
- Tuberculosis: New Jersey State Law requires that students transferring from a state or country with a high incidence of tuberculosis must have documentation of a valid Mantoux skin test. Please check with your school nurse for further information.
- Scoliosis: All students in grades 5 and 7 are screened for this condition, which is a lateral curvature of the spine. Youngsters identified as possible cases are rescreened by a physician. A pupil shall be exempt from this examination on the written request of the parent.
Illness and/or Exclusion from School
Every student must be immunized against diseases as set forth in the State Health Code unless excluded for one of the reasons approved by law. Failure to comply with this provision will result in exclusion from school. Certain communicable diseases require a period of isolation. Call your school nurse if you have any questions.
The Board of Education provides parents/guardians with an opportunity to purchase, at no cost to the Board, insurance coverage from a private company. Applications are distributed every September and there are several choices as to the type or extent of coverage which may be chosen.