Health Office

Welcome to Bradford School’s Health Information Page

Please read the important information below and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Nurse Contact Information:
Patricia Dowling, MSN, RN, CSN
Phone: 973-509-4153
Fax: 973-509-6553
Email: pdowling@montclair.k12.nj.us
Click here to e-mail Ms. Dowling the school nurse.

1. Absences:
If your child or children will be absent, please call the main office @ 973-509-4155, leave a message on the attendance line, include the reason for the absence and estimated time your child will be absent.


2. Illness & Injury/Health Status Change:
If your child is experiencing any change in their medical status or has been newly diagnosed with asthma, food allergy, or any other acute or chronic condition, please alert the school nurse. Injuries such as fractures, stitches etc. must also be reported and accompanied by a note from the doctor/health care provider stating any restrictions for gym and recess.
Crutches, casts, splints or orthopedic boots require consent. Please have doctor/health care provider fill out following form.


3. Health Screening:
Students are screened for height, weight, blood pressure, vision, and hearing according to New Jersey Department of Education guidelines as follows:
• Vision: K, 2nd, and 4th grades.
• Hearing: K-3rd grades.
• Scoliosis: 5th grade
• Parents are notified about any abnormalities if needed.


4. Medications:
Medication may not be given in school without a written prescription from the doctor/health care provider, and written permission from the parent/guardian. This applies to both prescription and over the counter medications. Please complete and return this form.

Diagnosis of asthma, food allergy and epilepsy require an action plan. Click to view and download the plan(s).

Students are not permitted to carry medicine. An adult must bring all medications to the health office, in original, labeled container.


5. Incoming Students:
Pre-School, kindergarten and for those students transferring from another school district must have up-to-date immunization and physical examination within the year on the Universal Health form.
Physicals are also recommended for students entering 6th grade.


6. When to Keep Your Child Home:
o an elevation in temperature (100 degrees or more). *Your child should remain home until fever-free for 24 hours without acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
o any vomiting or diarrhea. *Your child should remain home until vomiting and/or diarrhea has stopped for 24 hours and food is tolerated.
o any contagious illness (strep throat, persistent cough, unidentified rash, etc.) that could infect others, distract your child or disrupt the class. *Physician's note will be needed to return.
o NJ Health Guidance; When should children stay home from school?

COVID-19
o MPS COVID-19 Guidance for staff and students


Resources:
NOTE: All forms such as medication and physical exam forms can be downloaded from the District School Nurse's Page, by clicking on the Forms link at the side of the district page.

Head lice
are usually not difficult to eliminate when early identification is made. The Montclair School Nurses want to assure you that most families can successfully eliminate head lice by using simple, scientifically approved methods. Lice FAQ.
Websites

Insurance program for uninsured NJ families. Information can be obtained by calling: 1-800-701-0710 or visit the NJ Family Care website.

Food Allergy and Asthma Network—For information on food allergies and asthma.

CDC for information on a wide variety of common childhood illness and current recommended treatment and prevention.

Further information on other health related topics can be found on the District School Nurse's Page.

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