Mrs. Lorraine LaTempa, School Nurse
North Boulevard Elementary School
973-616-6070 ext. 6004
Asthma Treatment Plan: For any student who may require a rescue inhaler or nebulizer treatment while in school.
Food Allergy Action Plan: The following 3 forms must be completed
For your convenience, all Pequannock Township Health forms are available below.
Physical Exam Form: Every student must have a physical by their physician prior to entering any NJ school.
Medication Permission Form: Please note that the School Nurse cannot give any medication unless this form is completed by Parent and Physician, this includes cough drops, tylenol etc. Medication must be sent in to school nurse labeled and in its original container.
Student Health History Form: This is a district form which will provide us with health information to assist your child's individual needs.
Oral Health Assessment Form for PreK and Kindergarten
Please call the nurse's office at 973-616-6070 ext. 6004 to report an absence.
When you call the nurse's office to report your child's absence please let me know why your child is absent so that I can track illnesses in school. You are welcomed to leave a message at any time of day and I will retrieve my messages in the morning.
If your child has a fever, vomiting or diarrhea, please keep your child home for 24 hours after the last episode. This will help cut down on contagious viruses. The extra day will benefit your child's recovery and he/she can return to school ready to work and be successful.
If your child is absent for 3 days or more please provide a doctor's note for your child to return to school.
Realtime will send out alerts at 9:30am if we have not recieved notice by 9:15am that your child is absent or will be tardy.
- New student registration
- Pequannock Twp. Public Schools Immunizations Program
- PV Immunizations
- Parent Resources
- Dental Resources
- Head Lice
- Lyme Disease
- Summer 2021
CDC information about coronavirus:
From the World Health Organization:
What to say to children about Coronavirus; activities to do at home; students with special needs
Social Story about Pandemic and Autism by Carol Gray:
Tips for Talking about coronavirus with a child that is autistic:
Helping Children Cope: Great resource from National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses
Be proactive: students, families, and staff should:
o Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
o Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
o Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
o Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
o Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs.
For more guidance see the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html
Resources for supporting children's emotional well-being
Only medications sent in with a parent note, along with a physician's order, will be given at school. You must also provide the medication in the original container, properly labeled, whether it is a prescription or over-the-counter medication. All herbal remedies and nutritional supplements are not considered medications and should not be administered in school. (NJDE) Those students who require emergency medication such as an inhaler, insulin or epipen will need to have additional forms completed and an individual health care plan.
Prior to administering any medication it is required that I have a completed "Physicians Order form". This form can be sent or faxed (973-616-5309) to my attention.
****At the end of the school year, all medication must be picked up from the nurse's office by a parent or adult. School policy indicates that medication will be discarded if it is not picked up for summer months.
****Medication orders must be renewed every year. Please provide a new physician's order and medication for each school year that it is required for your child. Thank you!
Scholastic information on reading labels and medication resource:
The following are required to enter school:
1. Original Birth certificate
2. Proof of residency
- Completed immunization record:
- Diptheria-pertussis-tetanus (Dtap)
- Polio (IPV)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis B
- Varicella (chicken pox)
Any student who does not have a completed immunization record will not be admitted to school. All physicals must be current for entering school. Forms are available in the school office and online.
Pre-school requirements in NJ:
The Board of Education, in accordance with the State Law, requires all children to submit a certificate of immunization prior to entering the Pequannock Township Public Schools. Students entering from out of State or Country will have thirty (30) days to comply.
A. DPT – Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus and /or Tdap
(Age 1-6 years): four (4) doses with one dose given on or after the fourth (4) birthday OR any 5 doses.
(Age 7-9 years): three (3) doses of TD or any previously administered combination of DTP, DTaP, and DT to equal 3 doses.
As of September 1, 2008 every child born after January 1, 1997 and enrolled in Grade Six (6) or attending an ungraded special education program or transferring into a New Jersey school from another state or country must receive one dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertusis (Tdap) vaccine given no earlier than the 10th birthday. A child does not need a Tdap dose until FIVE (5) years after the last DTP/DtaP or Td dose.
1. Three (3) doses of live, trivalent, oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV), or inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) either separately or in combination, one dose of which shall have been given on or after the child’s fourth (4) birthday.
2. Alternatively, any appropriately spaced combination of four doses.
D. MMR – Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German Measles)
1. One dose of Measles containing vaccine, that is, either MMR or MR given on or after the first birthday or within four days of the first (1) birthday. For children born on or after January 1, 1990 two doses of measles containing vaccine is required and must be separated by a least one month.
2. One dose of Mumps Vaccine given on or after the first birthday or within four days of the first birthday.
3. At least one dose of the Rubella (German Measles) vaccine given on or after the first birthday or within four days of the first birthday.
4. In lieu of the above vaccines, only laboratory documented evidence of immunity will be accepted.
E. Varicella Vaccine
1. One dose of varicella vaccine for children born on or after January 1, 1998 on or after the first birthday or within four days of the first (1) birthday.
2. Children, whose physicians or parents submit a statement of past history of varicella, or serologic evidence of immunity, will also be in compliance with the new rules.
F. Hepatitis B Vaccine
1. Every child born on or after January 1,1996 shall receive three doses of a Hepatitis B Vaccine, or any vaccine combination containing Hepatitis B virus, prior to school entrance for the first time into a Kindergarten or Grade 1.
2. Every Child born on or after January 1, 1990 shall have received three doses of a Hepatitis B Vaccine, or any vaccine combination containing Hepatitis B virus.
3. Every child enrolled in High School shall have received three doses of Hepatitis B Vaccine, or any vaccine combination containing Hepatitis B virus.
4. Children, who present documented laboratory evidence or a physician’s written certification of Hepatitis B disease, constituting a medical exemption, shall not be required to receive hepatitis vaccine.
G. Meningococcal Vaccine
As of September 1. 2008 every child born on or after January 1, 1997 and enrolled in Grade Six (6) or a comparable age level special education program with an unassigned grade or transferring into a New Jersey school from another state or country are required to receive one dose of the meningococcal vaccine.
H. Pneumococcal Vaccine
For children enrolled in child care, pre-school, or pre-kindergarten (12 – 59 months).
Minimum of one (1) dose is required on or after the first birthday.
Children six months through 59 months of age attending any licensed child-care center or preschool facility on or after September 1, 2008, shall annually receive at least one dose of influenza vaccine between September 1 and December 31 of each year.
J. Haemophilis B (Hib)
For children enrolled in child care, pre-school, or pre-kindergarten (12 – 59 months).
Minimum of one (1) dose is required on or after the first birthday.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Family Practice recommend a second dose of the MMR vaccine.
Above are based on the revised (2008) New Jersey Immunization Regulations as stated in Chapter 14 of the State Sanitary Code (NJAC 8:57-4.20 to 8:57-4.19) “Immunization of Pupils in Schools.”
H-45 Update 5/08
N.J.S.A. 18A:40-21.2 requires that school districts annually distribute the educational fact sheet on meningitis to parents or guardians of students entering sixth grade. The fact sheet can be accessed and downloaded at: http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/documents/faq/meningococcal_faq.pdf
N.J.S.A. 18A:40-42 requires public schools to annually distribute a fact sheet about vaccination against HPV to parents or guardians of students in grade seven. The fact sheet is available at: http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/documents/hpv_brochure.pdf
NJ Family Care and NJ Kid Care Insurance
There is a new law that requires all children 18 years of age or younger to have health insurance coverage (PL2008 Chapter 38). New Jersey Family Care is an affordable option for parents. It is for families who do not have available or affordable employer insurance, and cannot afford to pay the high cost of private health insurance. NJ Family Care 1-800-701-0710. A child enrolled in school insurance only, does not satisfy this mandate.
For more information regarding the NJ FamilyCare program, please go to: http://www.njfamilycare.org
Stop Bullying Now: Take a Stand, Lend a Hand
This is a research based source for tips, warning signs, interventions articles and books designed to educate the public.
PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center: The End of Bullying Begins with You
Although every child may have trouble sleeping now and again, a consistent lack of rest can negatively impact growth, development and cognitive abilities. Parents who suspect their child may have a sleep disorder can rely on the Pediatric Sleep Disorder Center at Goryeb Children's Hospital for expert diagnosis and treatment. Click here for more information.
Tips to fighting cavities; talk to your child's pediatrician and dentist:
How cavities happen:
A Day of Free Dental Care For New Jersey Children In Need: NJ largest organized free healthcare day for children. This program is for low-income and disadvantaged NJ children ages 12 and under. **Date is always in February.
Information for this program can be found at www.njda.org/gkas. A parental consent form is required. There will be over 100 participating locations.
Reminder: Please make dental check ups for your child at least once each year. Teeth cleanings every six months will help reduce cavities!
Head lice are suspected when there is itching and scratching of the scalp and back of the neck. Lice do not fly or jump but can crawl very fast. They cannot live more than 24 hours without a human host and cannot be carried by the family pet.
Periodically, inspect your child’s scalp and head for signs of lice and nits (eggs), paying attention to behind the ears and nape of the neck. Cream-colored nits attach themselves to the hair shaft like glue and cannot be brushed away or removed easily. Adult lice are the size of a sesame seed and brown in color. An informative website that shows a visual of an adult head louse and nit is: https://identify.us.com/idmybug/head-lice/head-lice-FAQS/index.html.
The school policy is that if a student is found to have live lice, he/she will be sent home for treatment and removal of lice and nits. Students with siblings will also be checked.
Lice are spread by close head- to- head contact such as camp and sleepovers. Young children frequently have close head- to- head contact. It is important to teach children not to share combs, brushes, hats, and other personal items because indirect spread may take place.
Please see below for links to bike safety; recreational water illness and injury prevention; sun safety; Lyme disease; Leaving Your Child Home Alone
Wishing you a summer of fun, creating happy memories, relaxation and reflection.
Summertime Challenges for Kids With Sensory Processing Issues
By Amanda Morin
Summer is a time for relaxing. But some of the sounds, smells and sensations that come with the fun can overwhelm kids with sensory processing issues. These tips can help your child manage challenges and enjoy the summer.
The challenge: Many kids look forward to summer so they can shed their shoes. But for kids who are sensitive to touch, hot sidewalks and prickly grass can be too much input to manage.
How you can help: Consider whether it’s important for your child to have the barefoot experience. If not, let him wear shoes or socks on the grass and sidewalk. Buy an inexpensive pair of sneakers that he can get wet. He can wear them at the beach and poolside.
Wearing Sandals or Flip-Flops
The challenge: The feel of straps, thongs between toes or rubber inner soles can bother kids with touch sensitivity. Sound-sensitive kids may react to the slapping noise flip-flops make. And smell-sensitive kids may find the odor of leather, rubber or plastic overwhelming.
How you can help: Take your child shopping for sandals. He can try them on, walk in them, and even smell them if he needs to. Look for alternative types of shoes that might work better, such as slides, garden clogs or water shoes.
The challenge: Applying sunscreen can be hard when your child doesn’t like being touched. Sticky lotions and tickly spray sunscreens can also overwhelm kids with sensory issues. The strong smells can be an issue too.
How you can help: Buy sunscreen wipes instead of lotions. Or try using color-fading sunscreen so your child can see when you’re almost done. It may also help younger kids if you describe what you’re doing as you do it. For example: “I’m going to put some on your legs now. This may tickle your knee.” Encourage older kids to put on sunscreen while you supervise.
The challenge: Many bug sprays have a strong chemical odor that’s unpleasant to even to people who don’t have sensory issues. For kids who are sensitive to tastes and smells, it can be unbearable.
How you can help: Try a combination sunscreen-bug repellent. You only have to apply one product, and it’s less likely to have a chemical smell. You may also want to try products with natural ingredients. For kids who don’t like lotions or sprays, consider using insect repellent bracelets.
Bugs and Bug Bites
The challenge: When bugs are buzzing around, it can really bother kids who are sensitive to sights or sounds. Some kids with sensory issues are also hyperaware of itchy bites or insects on their skin.
How you can help: If you can, avoid being outside during dawn and dusk, which are prime times for mosquitoes. Have your child wear a wide-brimmed hat to help keep bugs away from his eyes and ears. Carry anti-itch sticks or cream and adhesive bandages to treat and cover bites. And make sure your child uses some sort of insect repellent.
The challenge: Walking barefoot on hot or wet sand can be a challenge for kids who are oversensitive to touch or temperature. Sand also sticks to wet skin—a gritty feeling that some kids can’t tolerate.
How you can help: Let your child wear water shoes or old sneakers on the beach. Use an extra-large blanket for sitting on the sand. For younger kids, bring along a lightweight long-sleeve shirt and pants (sweatpants work well) to wear over their bathing suit as they get used to playing in the sand.
The challenge: Swimming can be soothing to kids with sensory issues. But swimming pools may not be. The combination of crowds, the strong smell of chlorine and lots of echoing noise can be overwhelming.
How you can help: Not all pools use chlorine. Ask your local pool if they do and at what time of day the level is at its highest. Ask the same question about crowds. Have your child try nose plugs, earplugs, and goggles or face masks to see if they reduce sensory input.
The challenge: Swimsuits present unique challenges for kids who are sensitive to clothing. Both tight and loose suits can cause discomfort. The feel of wet swimsuits can be problematic, too.
How you can help: Try out swimsuits at home with enough time to return them and buy something else if necessary. Buy a rash guard if your child doesn’t like his skin exposed. Encourage your child to wear his suit in the shower or tub to get used to it being wet. And bring dry clothes to the beach or pool to wear home.
For kids who are oversensitive to how things feel on their skin, getting dressed can be a literal pain. Even small irritants—a too-tight cuff, a nagging tag—can feel unbearable. You’ll need to experiment, but here are some clothing types to consider.