Health and Physical Education
For information concerning the new NJDOE Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Standards, see below:
Letter from the Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Health and Physical Education Opt Out Form
Social Emotional Support Links
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Health Office Forms
Asthma: Asthma Treatment Plan
MD need for Meds in School:
Medication Self Administration Form
Medication in School Form
Seizure Action plan:
Seizure Action Plan
Student Conduct Policy
The following pertains to the district expectations for student conduct.
The Vernon Township Public Schools recognize that rapid societal changes have impacted upon the traditional school and its approach to instruction and discipline. One constant factor in the midst of society’s changes has been the district’s goal of providing a pleasant, safe and challenging learning environment for every Vernon Township student. The home and school have a shared responsibility in achieving this goal. Every school district has the right and responsibility to establish standards for acceptable student behavior within the school setting, and every student has the potential for choosing appropriate behavior and for becoming a responsible citizen of his/her school community regardless of background or current level of ability. To assist students and parents, we list below this district’s behavioral expectations for all students in grades K-12.
- that students will demonstrate an attitude of respect, courtesy, and kindness toward all;
- that students will refrain from using inappropriate, vulgar, and abusive language; that students will refrain from bullying, intimidating, threatening or harassing others;
- that students will avoid the possession, use, and abuse of dangerous and/or illegal substances;
- that students will resolve conflicts without the use of weapons, violence, and/or physical means;
- that students will come to school in clothing that is neither offensive, disruptive nor distracting within the school setting;
- that students will assist in maintaining a clean and beautiful school environment, free of litter, graffiti, and vandalism.
Since we expect each student to behave appropriately and to be a responsible and productive citizen of our school community, age appropriate consequences will be applied at each school for those students who are uncooperative and/or non-compliant.
School Choice Options
The Vernon Township School District is pleased to announce information pertaining to its participation in the New Jersey Inter district Public School Choice Program. The program allows students who live within 20 miles from the Vernon schools to choose Vernon as their school district rather than their home district.
Any school age resident of New Jersey in grades 3-12 may apply for the program. Students currently attending public school must notify their resident district by the Notice Of Intent to Participate form and must file their Student Choice Application to Vernon by November 30, 2022. The student’s Notice of Intent to Enroll must be submitted to Vernon by January 5, 2023.
Vernon Township School District offers an array of progressive learning opportunities from pre-school through 12th grade. In an effort to introduce cutting edge programs for all our students we have introduced a Robotics curriculum in elementary school, Coding clubs in 5th -12 grade, Genius Hour courses in 7th and 8th grade, and an array of Career and Technical programs in High School. Wedded to our Writers and Readers Workshop programs at the elementary level and Math In Focus through 7th grade our students have a comprehensive lab science program as early as 3rd grade. Our award winning Arts program has been fully integrated into our STEAM initiatives and our music and theater programs support not only great productions but such avante garde offerings as Music Production. From cosmetology labs to graphic design labs, from music production studios to robotics construction rooms the high school offers not only endless opportunities but extremely strong Science and Math Departments to support its Engineering program. Most significantly, as our graduates transition into college they have accumulated enough college credits through concurrent agreements with Syracuse, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Temple and Sussex County Community College to save a year of study at the college level. All of this is available for viewing on our video: “Why Choose Vernon Township School District”
Various conditions for the choice program apply and can be found on the Department of Education website: http://www.state.nj.us/education/choice/, or by visiting the Board of Education Office.
SCA (School Community Associations)
Click on one of the following links in order to reach that schools SCA page.
Vernon High School
Food Service Information
Free Meal Application & Information:
Aplicación de Comida Gratis e Información
Food Service Policies
Health Office Guidelines
HEALTH OFFICE GUIDELINES
- Students who are not feeling well should not be sent to school. Parents will be notified if a child becomes ill at school. He will be sent home if he has an elevated temperature, if he may be exposing others to infection or if he feels so ill that he cannot participate in classroom activities. Parents are responsible for providing transportation for sick students when they are notified.
- Unless we are notified about the absence of a student, school personnel will call the parents of students who are absent each day. Parents are requested to call the school after 8:00 A.M. whenever a child will be absent.
- Any student returning from an absence must bring a note from the parent/guardian stating why he/she was not at school. Students who do not present a written note within three days will be sent to the principal’s office.
- Students returning to school following a communicable illness must be seen by the school nurse before returning to class. In order to return to school a physician’s statement may be required for chicken pox, strep, and pink eye. Strep throat is an extremely communicable illness. Please have your child remain at home until the physician calls you with the results of your child’s throat culture. It is better to bring your child into school late, then to send your child to school when they are ill. Your child’s classmates may also become ill from being exposed to a child who is ill.
- All students at school are expected to participate in the outdoor recreation periods. They must be properly dressed for the prevailing weather conditions. If a student is well enough to come to school, then he/she is expected to go out on the playground after lunch.
- A physical exam is required for admission to school for all newly transferred students from out of district. A physical exam and Mantoux Test are required for admission to school for all newly transferred students from out of state or out of the country.
- Parents/guardians should be aware of the importance of obtaining a physical exam at least once during each of the students developmental stages: early childhood (pre-school through grade three), pre-adolescence (grade 4-grade 6), and adolescence (grade 7 -grade 12).
- During the course of the school year, your child will have a hearing/vision screening as well as a height and weight check. A suggestion would be to have your child checked by a specialist, as his/her equipment is more specialized. Scoliosis screening is required of all fourth graders either by the school nurse or your own doctor.
- Requests to have a child not participate in our physical education class and/or walk-run activity will also be considered as a request that precludes participation in playground activities and special Field Day activities for the duration of the medical excuse. Gym excuses are to be issued by the school nurse. To obtain an excuse you must:
1. Have a note from a parent for a one or two day excuse.
2. Have a doctor’s note for three or more days.
Repeated parental requests for gym excuses may require a doctor’s note.
10. Requests for payment of medical bills shall not be presented to the Vernon Township Board of Education. The Board, as a public body, under the Statutes of the State of New Jersey, assumes no responsibility or liability for such claims for medical payments. Such payments are made only as a result of adjudication through the courts.
- If you need to confer with the nurse at length regarding your son or daughter, please call and a time after school will be arranged. The time during school hours is needed for working with the students, and the phone in the health office needs to be available for emergency calls as well.
- Statutes of the State of New Jersey require full immunizations for all students in schools across the state prior to entering school. Parents are urged to contact their school nurse should they have any questions.
- To help us in case of emergency, please be sure to fill out the emergency card distributed to your child at the beginning of the school year and update if needed.
- Head Lice Infestation – click here to view our policy
REGARDING ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION IN SCHOOL
A. Medication given in school by the school nurse – Medication will be given in school only when a student’s attendance depends on the timely administration for such medication. “Medication” as per this law means any prescription drug, prescribed over the counter medicine including but not limited to aspirin and cough medications. Requests for the administration of medication in school must be made in writing and signed by the physician (form available from the school nurse). PLEASE NOTE: All medication must be in original prescription bottle.
B. Self-administration of medication for life-threatening illness (such as asthma)
- Parent/guardian must provide the Board of Education with a written authorization from the student’s physician for the self-administration of medication). PARENTAL HAND WRITTEN NOTES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
- Parent/guardian must submit written certification from the physician that the student has asthma or another potentially life threatening illness and is capable of and has been instructed in the proper use of the medication (form available from school nurse)
- Permission to self-administer one medication shall not be interpreted as permission to self-administer other medication.
PLEASE NOTE: THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, THE BOARD AND ITS EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS SHALL INCUR NO LIABILITY AS A RESULT OF ANY INJURY ARISING FROM THE SELF-ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION BY THE STUDENT.
STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO TRANSPORT MEDICATION TO AND FROM SCHOOL. PARENTS/GUARDIANS MUST DELIVER AND PICK UP ALL MEDICATIONS USED BY STUDENTS IN SCHOOL.
NOTE: ALL MEDICATIONS MUST BE IN THE ORIGINAL PRESCRIPTION BOTTLE. PARENTAL HAND WRITTEN NOTES CAN NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED TO ADMINISTER MEDICATION. THE NEW REGULATION REQUIRES PHYSICIAN PERMISSION ONLY, AS EXPLAINED ABOVE.
All medications must be kept in the Health Office. If you have any questions concerning these regulations, please contact the school nurse. Thank you for your cooperation.
NURSE/HEALTH OFFICE INFORMATION FOR ALL STUDENTS
Students who are not feeling well enough to learn should NOT be sent to school. Parents/Guardians will be notified if a child becomes ill at school. Students will be sent home if they have an elevated temperature, may be exposing others to infection, or feel so ill that they cannot participate in classroom activities. Parents/Guardians are responsible for providing transportation to pick up their sick child when necessary.
Parents/Guardians are requested to call whenever a child will be absent due to illness.
Any student who returns from an absence must bring a note from a parent/guardian stating why he/she was not at school. Students returning to school following a communicable illness must be seen by the school nurse before returning to class. A note explaining a pupil’s absence for non-communicable illness for a period of more than three school days must be accompanied by a physician’s statement of the pupil’s illness.
Medication will be given in school only when the pupil’s attendance depends on the timely administration of such medication. “Medication” as per this law means any prescription drug, prescribed and/or over-the counter medicine including, but not limited to, aspirin, cough drops and cough medicines. Requests for the administration of medication in school must be made in writing and signed by the physician.
STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO TRANSPORT MEDICATIONS TO AND FROM SCHOOL. PARENTS/GUARDIANS MUST DELIVER AND PICK UP ALL MEDICATIONS USED BY STUDENTS IN SCHOOL. PLEASE NOTE: All medication must be in its original prescription bottle. IMPORTANT: Hand written notes cannot be accepted from parents/guardians to administer medication. Physician permission only, as explained above, is required by regulation.
If your child has allergies, please inform the health office of this in writing, especially if medication is needed.
If your child needs oral medication immediately for insect bite reactions (bees, wasps, etc.) you are strongly encouraged to bring that medication to the nurse’s office labeled correctly and accompanied by a note from the physician.
PLEASE NOTE: THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, THE BOARD AND ITS EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS SHALL INCUR NO LIABILITY AS A RESULT OF ANY INJURY ARISING FROM THE SELF-ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION BY THE PUPIL.
All students are expected to participate in the outdoor recreation periods and all physical exercise programs. If a student is well enough to attend school, then he/she is expected, if capable, to go outside with the other children.
Physical Education excuses are to be issued by the school nurse. To obtain an excuse, students must:
1. Have a note from a parent/guardian for a one to two-day excuse.
2. Have a doctor’s note for three or more days.
Students excused from physical education will not be permitted to participate in recess. Repeated requests from parents/guardians for physical education excuses may require a doctor’s note.
During the course of the school year, your child will have a height and weight check, as well as a hearing/vision screening. If the results of the hearing/vision screening are not within the accepted normal range, parents/guardians will be notified. If your child appears to be having difficulty in these areas, please feel free to contact the nurse.