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Nurse's Corner

Mrs. Michelle Kinney, BSN, RN, NJ-CSN 
973-383-7202 ext 1231
mkinney@newtonnj.org

Welcome to the Merriam Avenue Health Office! If your child requires medication in school (prescription/over the counter) a new medication form must be submitted at the start of each school year. Please see the bottom of the page for attached physician's forms. New students are required to submit a physical form (within the last 365 days).

Children will be screened annually for BMI, vision, and hearing.  Scoliosis screenings will be performed on all 4th grade students. A referral will be sent home if your child’s results are not within the norm.  If you do not want your child to be screened please send in a note specifying what screenings you would like your child to be exempt from.  

Homemade treats are not allowed for classroom parties or celebrations. Homemade treats include and are not limited to boxed mixed and any type of treat that requires preparation at home. All treats must be store bought, sealed in the original packaging with the ingredients list attached. Classrooms with allergies have stricter guidelines. If you have questions about the safety of your treat please contact me before the date of your celebration so we have ample time to make sure the treat is safe.

During the school day if your child visits the Health Office for a minor incident you will be notified via Caredox email.  Please make sure you are checking your emails so you can see why/when your child visited. For any other incident or if your child needs to be picked up I will call you.  Please make sure your phone numbers are up to date in Caredox and Powerschool.


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;
2.  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;
3.   Maintaining student health records, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-4 and N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.4;
4. 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;
5. 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;
6. 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;
7. 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;
8. Administering asthma medication through use of a nebulizer;
9. Directing and supervising the health services activities of any school staff to whom the certified school nurse has delegated a nursing task;
10. Providing classroom instruction in areas related to health pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-14.3;
11. 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);
12. Writing and updating, at least annually, the individualized health care plan and the individualized emergency healthcare plan for students’ medical needs and instructing staff as appropriate;
13. Writing and updating, at least 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;
14.Assisting in the development of and implementing healthcare procedures for students in the event of an emergency;
15. Instructing teachers on communicable disease and other health concerns, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-3; and
16. 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. 

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