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Pam Spadola RN, BSN, MAMS, CSN

School Nurse
 
Dear Parents,
 
Welcome to Griebling Elementary School.
 
I have provided some health information below, which I hope is informative. As always, please feel free to call my office at Ext.3054 or email me at pspadola@howell.k12.nj.us if I may be of any assistance answering your health concerns or questions.
 
Pam Spadola RN
 
Medication:
  • If your child requires any medication in school, including over the counter medication or cough drops, a medication administration form must be completed by your child’s doctor submitted to the Health Office.
  • New forms must be completed by your child’s physician each school year.
  • A parent needs to sign all forms where indicated. A parent/guardian must bring the completed forms with the medication at the start of the school year.
  • Please remember, during the school year ALL medication must be brought to school by a parent/guardian. This is a state law and it is enforced to avoid a dangerous situation. Medication cannot be dropped off in the Main Office. It must be given to the nurse by a parent or guardian.
 
Screenings:
  • In accordance with N.J.S.A.:4-15 & N.J.S.A. 18A:40-4, I will be seeing students during the school year for various screenings including height, weight, blood pressure, vision, and hearing.
  • If any of the screenings indicate further follow-up is needed, I will send a referral home with the student. If you have any questions regarding the referral, please feel free to contact me in the Health Office.
 
Illness:
  • Remind children to practice good hand hygiene by washing their hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
  • Remind children to practice respiratory etiquette by covering their mouths and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. If they don’t have a tissue, they should cough or sneeze into their elbow or shoulder, not into their hands. They should avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: the person feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering.
  • Keep children home if they have the flu or a flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
    If your child is going to be absent from school, please notify the school daily.
 
Communication:
  • Please notify the school with any changes in home, cell or work phone numbers.
  • If your child’s health status changes throughout the year, please contact me in the Health Office.
  • It is a parent’s responsibility to notify their child’s bus driver regarding any medical concerns pertaining to their child.
 
Safety:
  • Safety is of high priority. Please make sure your child is prepared for gym/recess with the appropriate footwear. In addition, if your child has a note to be excused from gym, he/she also will not be able to participate in recess activities. Please note that students are not permitted to wear flip flops.

Food Allergies:
  • Many school children have food allergies which can cause reactions ranging from mild symptoms to severe and life-threatening breathing difficulties. The best treatment for any food allergy is PREVENTION. Please contact the school nurse if your child has a food allergy. This information should also be clearly indicated on the green emergency card for the nurse and the pink information card for the teacher.
  • Contact the Griebling’s Cafeteria staff to have the pertinent food allergy information entered into the food services computer.
 
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