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The Burnet Nurses Office

Mrs. Benaquista, RN      
Mrs. Caamano-Hussein, RN

Phone: 908-851-6498              Fax: 908-851-0295


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 kids 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. (


(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:

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 until the student can participate.   If your child has a minor issue and needs to be excused from gym we will accept a parent’s note for one or two days only!


In the beginning of each school year, it is strongly recommended that students’ who are diagnosed with asthma have physician orders and medications sent into the nurse’s office.  The forms must be signed by the physician and parent.    Forms can be obtained in the nurses’ office or at the following website: The Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey

Health promotion:

To prevent the spread of illness we suggest keeping your child home when they have a fever of 100 degrees or more, active coughing, and vomiting. If your child is sent home with a fever, they need to be fever free for 24 hrs, without the use of medicine. 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.

The Nurses at Burnet are always available to answer all health related questions.


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