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The Burnet Nurses Office

Mrs. Benaquista, RN                BBenaquista@twpunionschools.org

Phone: 908-851-6498              Fax: 908-851-0295
 
 
 
Welcome!
 
There is never a dull moment in the school nurse’s office at Burnet Middle School. We not only help sick kids, but also do what we can to promote keeping students healthy.  As middle school children, we encourage, self-care, and the ability to understand their medical needs.  Feel free to call the nurses office with any concerns or questions.
 
Sports physical:
 
7th & 8th grade students are eligible to participate in afterschool sports.  Each student needs to have a physical done by a physician.  It is essential that a physician fill out appropriate Township of Union Public School forms, which then need to be medically cleared by our townships’ doctor.  If the student is cleared physically, the student will then be able to participate in the first practice of their sport.  Forms are available for download on the district website. (www.twpunionschools.org)
 
Immunizations:
 
(Incoming 6th graders)
 
The State of New Jersey Department of Health requires proof of two new vaccinations for students entering Grade 6 in September. The school must see proof of these two vaccinations:
 
1. Tdap  - Every child born after January 1, 1997, and enrolled in Grade Six shall have received one booster dose of Tdap (Tetanus diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given no earlier than the 10th birthday, provided 5 years have lapsed since the last dose.
 
2. Meningococcal vaccine - All children born after January 1, 1997, and enrolled in Grade 6, shall have received one dose of meningococcal-containing vaccine when they turn 11 years of age.
 
Gym Excuses:
 
If you are requesting your child to skip gym, you will send an email or a note directly to your students’ gym teacher.  You may excuse your student for up to 3 days at a time, the nurse’s office does not supply requests to gym teachers on parents behalf.  The only time the nurse’s office will be involved in addressing the gym excuses is if a Doctor’s note is involved. At Burnet Middle School parents need to bring a medical and/or Doctors’ Note to the nurse’s office, to exclude your child from physical education classes.  If the note states “excused until further notice” we will need a clearance from your physician for the student to return to gym.  
 
Asthma/EPI-PEN:
 
Please ensure at the beginning of each school year you bring in your students action plans, doctors’ orders and medication.  Not turning these items in not only is dangerous for your student, but we will be unable to allow your student to attend field trips or be cleared for sports for the safety of your student.  The forms must be signed by the physician and parent. Forms can be obtained in the nurses’ office or on the districts website under health services.
 
Health promotion:
 
To prevent the spread of illness students with a fever of 100 degrees or more, diarrhea, or vomiting are not to return to school for 24 hours past the symptoms subsiding without the use of medication. To help stop the spread of germs, the CDC suggests:
•Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
•Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
•If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
•You may be asked to put on a facemask to protect others.
•Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
•If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
 
 


 

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