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Excusal From Class or Program

The Board of Education directs that a pupil be excused from any part of the instructions in health education, family life education, sex education, or instruction that includes dissection of animals that the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the pupil or the adult pupil finds morally, conscientiously, or religiously offensive. A request for excusal must be presented in a signed statement and submitted to the Principal.

An excused pupil shall be assigned to an alternate program of independent study on a substitute topic within the health education, family life education, or sex education program. The parent’s or legal guardian’s right of excusal applies to any alternate program as well.

No excused pupil will be penalized by loss of credit as a result of his/her excusal, but a pupil will be held accountable for successful completion of any alternate program assigned.

No student will be permitted excusal from any subject area of instruction that is mandated and included in the Core Curriculum Content Standards approved by the New Jersey State Board of Education except for reasons as indicated in the first paragraph.

N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.7

Adopted: 21 April 2005

Automated External Defibrillator(s)

The American Heart Association estimates many lives could be saved if defibrillators were more widely available. Due to technological advances, automated external defibrillators (AEDs) may be used by lay persons without any training to provide defibrillation within the first minutes of cardiac arrest thereby increasing the victim’s chances of survival. In accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41.a, the Board of Education shall ensure every school in the school district has an AED as defined in N.J.S.A. 2A:62-24. The AED shall be made available in an unlocked location on school property with an appropriate identifying sign. The AED shall be accessible during the school day and any other time when a school-sponsored athletic event or team practice is taking place in which pupils of the school district are participating. The AED shall be within reasonable proximity of the school athletic field or gymnasium, as applicable.

A team coach, licensed athletic trainer, or other designated staff member if there is no coach or licensed athletic trainer, who is present during athletic events or team practices, shall be trained in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and the use of the AED in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2A:62A-25.a. The school district shall be deemed to be in compliance with N.J.S.A. 2A:62A-25.a., if a State-certified emergency services provider or other certified first responder is on site at the event or practice.

Each AED in the school district shall be tested and maintained according to the manufacturer’s operational guidelines. Notification shall be provided to the appropriate first aid, ambulance, rescue squad, or other appropriate emergency medical services provider regarding the AED, the type acquired, and its location in accordance with N.J.S.A. 2A:62A-25.b and c.

The school district and its employees shall be immune from civil liability in the acquisition and use of AEDs pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2A:62A-27.

In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41.b, the Superintendent of Schools or designee shall establish and implement an Emergency Action Plan applicable to each school in the school district for responding to a sudden cardiac event including, but not limited to, an event in which the use of an AED may be necessary. The Emergency Action Plan shall be consistent with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41.a and, at a minimum, shall include a list of no less than five school employees, team coaches, or licensed athletic trainers who hold current certifications from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or other training programs recognized by the Department of Health and Senior Services in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and in the use of an AED. This list shall be updated, if necessary, at least once in each semester of the school year. The Emergency Action Plan shall also include detailed procedures on responding to a sudden cardiac event including, but limited to, the identification of the persons in the school who will be responsible for responding to the person experiencing the sudden cardiac event; calling 911; starting cardio-pulmonary resuscitation; retrieving and using the AED; and assisting emergency responders in getting to the individual experiencing the sudden cardiac event.

N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41.a; 18A:40-41.b

Adopted: October 2002

Revised: March 2006

Revised: November 2014

Health Services Personnel

 

5305  HEALTH SERVICES PERSONNEL

 

The Board of Education shall appoint at least one school physician pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-1.  The Board may appoint a lead school physician to serve as health services director if more than one school physician is required.  The school physician shall be currently licensed by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners in medicine or osteopathy whose training and scope of practice includes child and adolescent health and development.  The school district shall conduct a criminal history background check on any physician before entering into an agreement for delivery of services.

 

The school physician shall provide, at a minimum, the following services:

 

  1. Consultation in the development and implementation of school district policies, procedures, and mechanisms related to health, safety, and medical emergencies pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.1(a);

 

  1. Consultation to school district medical staff regarding the delivery of school health services, which includes special health care needs of technology supported and medically fragile children, including students those covered by 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq., Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act;

 

  1. Physical examinations conducted in the school physician’s office or other comparably equipped facility for students who do not have a medical home or whose parent has identified the school as the medical home for the purpose of a sports physical examination;

 

  1. Provision of written notification to the parent stating approval or disapproval of the student’s participation in athletics based upon the medical report;

 

  1. Direction for professional duties of other medical staff;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Written standing orders that shall be reviewed and reissued before the beginning of each school year;

 

  1. 7. Establishment of standards of care for emergency situations and medically-related care involving students and school staff;

 

  1. Assistance to the certified school nurse or non-certified nurse in conducting health screenings of students and staff and assistance with the delivery of school health services;

 

  1. Review, as needed, of reports and orders from a student’s medical home regarding student health concerns;

 

  1. Authorization of tuberculin testing for conditions outlined in N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-14.3;

 

  1. Review, approval, or denial with reasons of a medical home determination of a student’s anticipated confinement and resulting need for home instruction; and

 

  1. Consultation with the school district certified school nurse(s) to obtain input for the development of the school nursing services plan pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.1(b).

 

The Board shall employ a certified school nurse to provide nursing services while school is in session pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-1 and 3.3.  The certified school nurse shall work under the direction of the school physician and Superintendent of Schools.

 

The certified school nurse shall possess a standard educational certificate with a school nurse endorsement or school nurse/non-instructional endorsement pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-14.3 or 14.4.  The certified school nurse shall possess a current New Jersey registered professional nurse license issued by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing; a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university; a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and/Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

 

 

 

 

 

certification as issued by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or other entities determined by the Department of Health to comply with the American Heart Association’s CPR guidelines.

 

The certified school nurse shall complete training in airway management and in the use of nebulizers and inhalers consistent with nationally recognized standards including, but not limited to, those of the National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

 

The role of the certified school nurse shall include, but not be limited to:

 

  1. Carrying out written orders of the medical home and standing orders of the school physician;

 

  1. Conducting health screenings which include height, weight, blood pressure, hearing, vision, and scoliosis pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.2 and monitoring vital signs and general health status for emergent issues for students suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and controlled dangerous substances pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-4 and 12;

 

  1. Maintaining student health records, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-4 and N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.4;

 

  1. Recommending to the school Principal students who shall not be admitted to or retained in the school building based on a parent’s failure to provide evidence of the child’s immunization according to the schedules specified in N.J.A.C. 8:57-4;

 

  1. Annually reviewing student immunization records to confirm with the medical home that the medical condition for the exemption from immunization continues to be applicable, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.3;

 

  1. Recommending to the school Principal exclusion of students who show evidence of communicable disease, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-7, 8, and 10;

 

  1. Directing and supervising the emergency administration of epinephrine and glucagon, and training school staff designated to serve as delegates, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.6 and 12.14;

 

  1. Administering asthma medication through use of a nebulizer;

 

  1. Directing and supervising the health services activities of any school staff to whom the certified school nurse has delegated a nursing task;

 

  1. Providing classroom instruction in areas related to health pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:9-13.3;

 

  1. Reviewing and summarizing available health and medical information regarding the student and transmitting a summary of relevant health and medical information to the Child Study Team for the meeting pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:14-3.4(h);

 

  1. Writing and updating, state requirements annually, the individualized health care plan and the individualized emergency healthcare plan for students’ medical needs and instructing staff as appropriate;

 

  1. Writing and updating, state requirements annually, any written healthcare provisions required under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794(a), for any student who requires them;

 

  1. Assisting in the development of and implementing healthcare procedures for students in the event of an emergency;

 

  1. Instructing teachers on communicable disease and other health concerns, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-3; and

 

  1. Providing other nursing services consistent with the nurse’s educational services certification endorsement as a school nurse issued by the State Board of Examiners and current license approved by the State Board of Nursing.

 

 

 

 

 

A certified school nurse who possesses the school nurse/non-instructional certificate is not authorized to teach in areas related to health pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-14.4.

 

The Board may appoint a non-certified nurse under the supervision of a certified school nurse to supplement the services of a certified school nurse in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.3(c).  The non-certified nurse shall be assigned to the same school building or complex as the certified school nurse pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-3.3(a) and is limited to providing services only as permitted under the non-certified nurse’s license issued by the State Board of Nursing.

 

 

 

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-14.3; 6A:9B-14.4; 6A:16-2.3

 

Adopted:  December 2016

Health Services To Nonpublic Schools

VERNON TOWNSHIP

BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

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5306  HEALTH SERVICES TO NONPUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

A Board of Education having nonpublic schools within the school district boundaries shall provide nursing services to students pupils enrolled full-time in the nonpublic school pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-23 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.5.

 

The Board shall provide for the extension of emergency care provided to public school students pupils and to those full-time nonpublic school students pupils who are enrolled full-time in the nonpublic school who are injured or become ill at school or during participation on a school team or squad pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-1.4 and 6A:16-2.1(a)4.  The Board may provide additional services to those required under N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.5(a) and under conditions as outlined in N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.5(c).

 

The nursing health services shall be provided by a registered nurse licensed in the State of New Jersey who is an employee of the school district, an employee of a third-party contractor, or an independent contractor.  The nursing health services provided to the nonpublic school students pupil shall not include instructional services.

 

A nonpublic school may decline nursing services required or permitted under N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.5 by submitting notification to the Board of Education notification signed by the Chief School Administrator of the nonpublic school pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-29.  A student pupil who is enrolled in a nonpublic school and whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) objects to the pupil receiving any services provided under N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.5 shall not be compelled to receive the services except for a physical or medical examination to determine whether the student pupil is ill or infected with a communicable disease pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-30.

 

 

 

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Health Services to

Nonpublic Schools

 

The Board shall consider the provision of health services to nonpublic schools based upon the considerations outlined in N.J.A.C 6A:16-2.5(h)1 through 3.  The Superintendent or designee shall confer annually with the administrator of the nonpublic school to advise the nonpublic school of the amount of funds allocated to the nonpublic school by the Department of Education to the nonpublic school; to agree on the basic health services that shall to be provided and the additional medical services that which may be provided as set forth in N.J.S.A. 18A:40-23 et seq.; to inform assure the nonpublic school the County Office of Education shall provide assistance in the event an agreement cannot be reached regarding the health services and additional medical services to be provided to the nonpublic school; to assure that the nonpublic school receiving services receives a copy of N.J.S.A. 18A:40-23 to 31 and N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.5; and to assure a description of the provision of nursing services is reflected in the school district’s Nursing Services Plan.

 

The Board providing health services to a nonpublic school(s) shall annually submit information to the Executive County Superintendent on or before October 1 annually that includes: a written statement verifying the required annual conference was held with the nonpublic school; a copy of the contract with another agency to provide the services, if applicable; a copy of the Board meeting minutes approving the contract; and a description of the type and number of services that were provided during the previous school year on a form approved by the Commissioner of Education approved form.  A copy of the information submitted to the Executive County Superintendent shall also be provided to the Chief School Administrator of each the nonpublic school(s) within the school district boundaries

 

 

N.J.S.A. 18A:40-23 et seq.

N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.5 et seq.

 

 

 

 

Issued:  May 2007

Revised:  December 2014

 

Nursing Services Plan

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  • NURSING SERVICES PLAN

 

The Board of Education shall annually adopt the school district’s Nursing Services Plan at a regular meeting and submit it to the County Superintendent of Education for review and approval.

 

The Superintendent, or designee, shall develop the Nursing Services Plan in consultation with the school physician and certified school nurse.

 

The Nursing Services Plan shall include a description of the basic nursing services to be provided to all pupils and a summary of the specific medical needs of individual pupils, if any, and the nursing services required to address those needs.  The Nursing Services Plan shall also include a description of how nursing services will be provided in emergency situations, detailed nursing assignments sufficient to provide the services to pupils in all of its school buildings as outlined in N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.3(b) through (d), and nursing services and additional medical services provided to nonpublic schools pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.5.

 

The Board, in its determination of the number of certified school nurses and non-certified nurses needed to perform all of the required services as outlined in N.J.A.C. 6A:16 et seq. shall consider: the geographic size including the number and location of school buildings; the general and special education enrollment; the number of children with medical involvement and extent of nursing services required; the requirement that non-certified nurses be assigned to the same school building or school complex as the supervising certified school nurse to ensure that the certified school nurse can provide required supervision pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.3(b) and (d) and N.J.S.A. 18A:40-3.3; and nursing services and additional medical services provided to nonpublic schools pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.5.

 

N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.1(b)

 

Adopted:  August 2007

 

Pupil Health Records

POLICY

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BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

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Student Health Records

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5308  STUDENT HEALTH RECORDS

 

The school district shall maintain mandated student health records for each student pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.4.  The district will document student health records using a form approved by the Commissioner of Education.

 

The maintenance and security of student health records shall be in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.4 and 6A:16-2.  Student health records may be stored electronically or in paper format and shall be maintained separately from other student records in a secure location accessible to authorized personnel while school is in session.  The health history and immunization record shall be removed from the student’s health record and placed in the student’s mandated record upon graduation or termination and kept according to the schedule set forth in N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.8.

 

The transfer of student health records when a student transfers to or from a school district shall be in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.1 et seq.

 

Any Board of Education employee with knowledge of, or access to, information that identifies a student as having HIV infection or AIDS; information obtained by the school’s alcohol or drug program which would identify the student as an alcohol or drug user; or information provided by a secondary school student while participating in a school-based alcohol or drug counseling program that indicates a parent, guardian, or other person residing in the student’s  household is dependent upon or illegally using a substance shall comply with restrictions for sharing such information in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.4(b) through (e) and as required by Federal and State statutes and regulations.

 

Access to and disclosure of information in a student’s health record shall meet the requirements of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, and 34 CFR Part 99, incorporated herein by reference, as amended and supplemented, and N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7, Student Records.

 

 

 

 

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Student Health Records

 

The school district shall provide access to the student’s health record to licensed medical personnel, not holding educational certification, who are working under contract with or as employees of the school district only to the extent necessary to enable the licensed medical personnel to perform their duties.  Secretarial or clerical personnel under the supervision of the certified school nurse shall be permitted access to those portions of the student health records that are necessary for entry and recording of data and for conducting routine clerical tasks as outlined in N.J.S.A. 18A:40-3.4 and N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.5.

 

Nothing in N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.4 or in Policy and Regulation 5308 shall be construed to prohibit school personnel from disclosing to pupils or adults in connection with an emergency to protect the immediate health or safety of the student or other persons pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.54.

 

 

N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.4 et seq.; 6A:32-7.4 et seq.;

               6A:32-7.5 et seq.

 

Adopted:  August 2007

Revised:  December 2014

 

Health Services

5310 HEALTH SERVICES (M)

 

[See POLICY ALERT Nos. 96, 106, 139, 141, 147, 157, 170, 178, 204 and 208]

 

The Board of Education shall develop and adopt the following written policies, procedures, and mechanisms in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.1(a) for the provision of health, safety, and medical emergency services, and shall ensure staff are informed as appropriate:

 

  1. The review of immunization records for completeness pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.1 through 4.20 (Policy and Regulation 5320);

 

  1. The administration of medication to students in the school setting in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.1(a)2. (Policy and Regulation 5330);

 

  1. The review of Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders received from the student’s parent or medical home (Policy 5332);

 

  1. The provision of health services in emergency situations, including:

 

  1. The emergency administration of epinephrine via Epi-pen auto-injector pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.5 (Policy and Regulation 5330);

 

  1. The emergency administration of glucagon pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.14 (Policy and Regulation 5338);

 

  1. The care of any student who becomes injured or ill while at school or participating in school-sponsored functions (Policy and Regulation 8441);

 

  1. The transportation and supervision of any student determined to be in need of immediate care (Policy and Regulation 8441);

 

  1. The notification to parents of any student determined to be in need of immediate medical care (Policy and Regulation 8441); and

 

  1. The establishment and implementation of an emergency action plan for responding to a sudden cardiac event, including the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41b (Policy and Regulation 5300).

 

 

 

  1. The treatment of asthma in the school setting in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.1(a)5 (Policy 5335);

 

  1. Administration of student medical examinations, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-4, N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.8, and N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.2 (Policy and Regulation 5310);

 

  1. Utilization of sanitation and hygiene when handling blood and bodily fluids pursuant to N.J.A.C. 12:100-4.2, Safety and Health Standards for Public Employees, and in compliance with 29 CFR 1910.1030, Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Program (PEOSH) Bloodborne Pathogens Standards (Policy and Regulation 7420);

 

  1. Provision of nursing services to nonpublic schools located in the school district as required by N.J.S.A. 18A:40-23 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.5 (Policy and Regulation 5306);

 

  1. Self-administration of medication by a student for asthma or other potentially life-threatening allergic reaction pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.3, 12.5, and 12.6, and the self-management and care of a student’s diabetes as needed pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.15 (Policy and Regulation 5330);

 

  1. Development of an individual healthcare plan and individualized emergency healthcare plan for students with chronic medical conditions, including life-threatening allergies, diabetes, and asthma, requiring special health services in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.11.c, 12.12, 12.13, and 12.15; and N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.3(b)3xii (Policies and Regulations 5331 and 5338 and Policy 5335); and

 

  1. Management of food allergies in the school setting and the emergency administration of epinephrine to students for anaphylaxis pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.6a through 12.6d (Policy and Regulation 5331).

 

The Board of Education shall annually adopt the school district’s nursing services plan at a regular meeting.

 

The Board of Education shall comply with the following required health services as outlined in N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.2:

 

  1. Immunization records shall be reviewed and updated annually pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.1 through 4.24.

 

 

 

  1. A Building Principal or designee shall not knowingly admit or retain in the school building any student whose parent has not submitted acceptable evidence of the child’s immunization, according to the schedule specified in N.J.A.C. 8:57-4, Immunization of Pupils in School.

 

  1. The school district shall perform tuberculosis tests on students using methods required by and when specifically directed to do so by the New Jersey Department of Health based upon the incidence of tuberculosis or reactor rates in specific communities or population groups pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-16.

 

  1. The school district shall immediately report by telephone to the health officer of the jurisdiction in which the school is located any communicable diseases identified as reportable pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:57-1, whether confirmed or presumed.

 

  1. Each school in the district shall have and maintain for the care of students at least one nebulizer in the office of the school nurse or a similar accessible location, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.7.

 

  1. Each student medical examination shall be conducted at the medical home of the student.  If a student does not have a medical home, the school district shall provide the examination at the school physician’s office or other comparably equipped facility pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-4.

 

  1. The findings of required examinations under 8.b., c., d., and e. below shall include the following components:

 

  1. Immunizations pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.1 through 4.24;

 

  1. Medical history, including allergies, past serious illnesses, injuries, operations, medications, and current health problems;

 

  1. Health screenings including height, weight, hearing, blood pressure, and vision; and

 

  1. Physical examinations.

 

  1. The school district shall ensure that students receive medical examinations in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.2(f) and 6. above and:

 

 

 

  1. Prior to participation on a school-sponsored interscholastic or intramural team or squad for students enrolled in any grades six to twelve in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.2(h)1;

 

  1. Upon enrollment in school in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.2(h)2;

 

 

  1. When applying for working papers in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.2(h)3;

 

  1. For the purposes of the comprehensive Child Study Team evaluation pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:14-3.4 in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.2(h)4; and

 

  1. When a student is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or controlled dangerous substances, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40A-12 and N.J.A.C. 6A:16-4.3 in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.2(h)5.

 

  1. Each school shall have available and maintain an AED, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41a.a(1) and (3), and in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.2(i).

 

  1. The Board of Education shall make accessible information regarding the New Jersey FamilyCare Program to students who are knowingly without medical coverage pursuant to N.J.S.A.  18A:40-34.

 

  1. Information concerning a student’s HIV/AIDS status shall not be required as part of the medical examination or health history pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:5C-1 et seq.

 

  1. The Board of Education shall ensure that students receive health screenings as outlined in N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.2(l).

 

  1. The school nurse or designee shall screen to ensure hearing aids worn by students who are deaf and/or hard of hearing are functioning properly.  The school nurse or designee will ensure any FM hearing aid systems in classrooms or any school equipment in the school building used to assist students hear are functioning properly.

 

 

N.J.S.A. 18A:40-4 et seq.

N.J.A.C. 6A:16-1.3; 6A:16-2.1; 6A:16-2.2

 

 

Adopted:  May 2016

Immunization

In order to safeguard the school community from the spread of certain communicable diseases and in recognition that prevention is a means of combating the spread of disease, the Board of Education requires the immunization of pupils against certain diseases in accordance with State statute and rules of the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services.

A pupil shall not knowingly be admitted or retained in school if the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) has not submitted acceptable evidence of the child’s immunization, according to schedules specified in N.J.A.C. 8:57-4 – Immunization of Pupils in School.

Medical or religious exemptions to immunizations shall be in accordance with the requirements as outlined in N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.3 and 4.4. A child may be admitted to school on a provisional basis in accordance with the requirements as outlined in N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.5.

No immunization program, other than that expressly required by the rules of the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services or by order of the New Jersey State Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, may be conducted in district schools without the express approval of the Board.

N.J.S.A. 18A:40-20

N.J.S.A. 26:4-6

N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.1 et seq.

Adopted: 21 April 2005

Revised: June 2009

Administration of Medication

POLICY

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5330  ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION

 

The Board of Education disclaims any and all responsibility for the diagnosis and treatment of an illness of any student.  However, in order for many students with chronic health conditions and disabilities to remain in school, medication may have to be administered during school hours.  Parents are encouraged to administer medications to children at home whenever possible as medication should be administered in school only when necessary for the health and safety of students.  The Board will permit the administration of medication in school in accordance with applicable law.

 

Medication will only be administered to students in school by the school physician, a certified or noncertified school nurse, a substitute school nurse employed by the district, the student’s parent, a student who is approved to self-administer in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.3 and 12.4, and school employees who have been trained and designated by the certified school nurse to administer epinephrine in an emergency pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.5 and 12.6.

 

Self-administration of medication by a student for asthma or other potentially life-threatening illness or a life threatening allergic reaction is permitted in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.3.

 

Medication no longer required must be promptly removed by the parent.

 

The school nurse shall have the primary responsibility for the administration of epinephrine.  However, the certified school nurse may designate, in consultation with the Board or the Superintendent, additional employees of the district who volunteer to be trained in the administration of epinephrine via a pre-filled auto-injector mechanism using standardized training protocols established by the Department of Education in consultation with the Department of Health and Senior Services when the school nurse is not physically present at the scene.

 

 

 

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In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.6.d, no school employee, including a school nurse or any other officer or agent of a Board of Education or a physician providing a prescription under a standing protocol for school epinephrine pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.5, shall be held liable for any good faith act or omission consistent with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.5, nor shall any action before the New Jersey State Board of Nursing lie against a school nurse for any such action taken by a person designated in good faith by the school nurse pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.6.  Good faith shall not include willful misconduct, gross negligence, or recklessness.

 

The school nurse or designee shall be promptly available on site at the school and at school-sponsored functions in the event of an allergic reaction.  In addition, the parent must be informed that the school district, its employees and agents shall have no liability as a result of any injury arising from the administration of epinephrine to the student.

 

The parent of the student must sign a statement acknowledging their understanding the district shall have no liability as a result of any injury arising from the administration of the epinephrine via a pre-filled auto-injector mechanism to the student and the parent shall indemnify and hold harmless the district and its employees or agents against any claims arising out of the administration of the epinephrine via a pre-filled auto-injector mechanism to the student.

 

The permission for the emergency administration of epinephrine via a pre-filled auto-injector mechanism containing epinephrine to students for anaphylaxis is effective for the school year it is granted and must be renewed for each subsequent school year.

 

Each school in the district shall have and maintain for the use of students at least one nebulizer in the office of the school nurse or a similar accessible location.  Each certified school nurse or other persons authorized to administer asthma medication will receive training in airway management and in the use of nebulizers and inhalers consistent with State Department of Education regulations.  Every student that is authorized to use self-administered asthma medication pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.3 or a nebulizer must have an asthma treatment plan prepared by the student’s physician which shall identify, at a minimum, asthma triggers, the treatment plan, and other such elements as required by the State Board of Education.

 

All student medications shall be appropriately maintained and secured by the school nurse, except those medications to be self-administered by students.  In those instances the medication may be retained by the student with the prior knowledge of the school nurse.  The school nurse may provide the Principal and other teaching staff members concerned with the student’s educational progress with such information about the

 

 

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medication and its administration as may being the student’s best educational interests.  The school nurse may report to the school physician any student who appears to be affected adversely by the administration of medication and may recommend to the Principal the student’s exclusion pursuant to law.

 

The school nurse shall document each instance of the administration of medication to a student.  Students self-administering medication shall report each incident to a teacher, coach, or other individual designated by the school nurse who is supervising the student during the school activity when the student self-administers.  These designated individuals shall report such incidents to the school nurse within twenty-four hours of the self-administration of medication.  The school nurse shall preserve records and documentation regarding the self-administration of medication in the student’s health file.

 

The school nurse shall document each instance of the administration of medication to a student.  Students self-administering medication shall report each incident to a teacher, coach, or other individual designated by the school nurse who is supervising the student during the school activity when the student self-administers.  These designated individuals shall report such incidents to the school nurse within twenty-four hours of the self-administration of medication.  The school nurse shall preserve records and documentation regarding the self-administration of medication in the student’s health file.

 

N.J.S.A. 18A:6-1.1; 18A:40-3.1; 18A:40-6; 18A:40-7; 18A:40-12.3; 18A:40-12.4;

18A:40-12.5; 18A:40-12.6; 18A:40-12.7; 18A:40-12.8

N.J.S.A. 45:11-23

N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.3(b)

 

Adopted:  October 2015

Administration Of Medical Marijuana

POLICY

VERNON TOWNSHIP

BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

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5330.01  ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA

 

The Board of Education, in accordance with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.22, must adopt a Policy authorizing parents, guardians, and primary caregivers to administer medical marijuana to a qualifying student patient while on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or attending a school-sponsored event.  The parent of a qualifying student patient requesting the administration of medical marijuana to the student while on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or attending a school-sponsored event must comply with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.22 and N.J.S.A. 24.6I-1 et seq. and Policy and Regulation 5330.01.

 

A student enrolled in the school district must be authorized to engage in the medical use of marijuana and the primary caregiver, who may be the parent, must be authorized to administer medical marijuana to a qualifying student patient in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.22 and N.J.S.A. 24.6I-1 et seq.  The student and the primary caregiver must complete the registration process to obtain a Registry Identification Card from the New Jersey Department of Health in accordance with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 24-6I-4.

 

The parent of the student authorized to engage in the medical use of marijuana must submit a written request with supporting documentation to the Principal requesting approval to have a primary caregiver assist in the administration of medical marijuana to the student while on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or attending a school-sponsored event.  The Principal, in consultation with the school nurse, the school physician, and the Superintendent of Schools, will review each request and upon approval will inform the parent in writing of the approval with details for the administration of medical marijuana to the qualifying student patient.  The medical use of marijuana by a qualifying student patient while on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or attending a school-sponsored event will only be authorized after the written approval from the Principal is provided to the parent.

 

Medical marijuana may only be administered to the qualifying student patient while the student is on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or attending a school-sponsored event by the primary caregiver in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.22 and

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N.J.S.A. 24-6I.1 et seq.  In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18:40-12-22 and N.J.S.A. 24-6I-1 et seq.  In accordance with law, medical marijuana cannot be administered by smoking or other forms of inhalation.  The prescribed medical marijuana must be in the possession of the primary caregiver at all times, except during the administration process.  The primary caregiver shall comply with the requirements of the Principal’s written approval for the administration of medical marijuana to the qualifying student patient while on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or attending a school-sponsored event.

 

All health records related to the administration of medical marijuana to a qualifying student patient while on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or attending a school-sponsored event shall be maintained in accordance with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.4 and N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7.4.

 

No person shall be subject to arrest or prosecution for constructive possession, conspiracy, or any other offense for simply being in the presence or vicinity of the medical use of marijuana as authorized under N.J.S.A. 24-6I-1 et seq. or N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.22.  No custodial parent, guardian, or person who has legal custody of a qualifying student patient who is a minor shall be subject to arrest or prosecution for constructive possession, conspiracy, or any other offense for assisting the minor in the medical use of marijuana as authorized under N.J.S.A. 24:6i-1 et seq. or N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.22.

 

N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.22

N.J.S.A. 24-6I-1 et seq.

N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.4; 6A-32-7.4

 

 

 

 

 

Adopted:  September 2016

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