Debbie Kahn R.N.
(856) 778-6640 ext. 3
"A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this world. He that has these two, has little more to wish for, and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else." -John Locke
Here is a brief outline of the health services available at South Valley School:
Every student is screened at the beginning of each school year. This includes height, weight, vision, hearing, blood pressure, and a check for head lice. Parents are notified if a follow-up is needed by your family physician or pediatrician. Since a child's vision or hearing can change in a short period of time, please let me know if you would like your child checked at any time during the school year.
Every parent or guardian will receive an emergency form to fill out every year. Please keep this form updated. Notify the school if there are any changes in addresses or telephone numbers so that you can be reached if your child is ill or hurt,or if there is an early school closing.
MEDICATION Dispensing prescribed medication at school Permission Form
Our Board of Education policy and the N.J. Nurse Practice Act specify that if a child needs prescription or non-prescription medication in school, the parent or guardian must provide a written doctor's note with the child's name, dose, reason, and time of administration. Forms are available in the nurse's office. The medication must be in the pharmacy container, and must be brought in by the parent. Parents may come in and administer medication to their children at any time.
Childhood immunizations have prevented more illness and saved more lives than any other public health measure in history. The N. J. Department Of Health regulations specify that a child cannot enter school without up-to-date vaccines. If your child receives any immunizations, please let the nurse know so your child's health records can remain current.
Physician Report Form (Word Version) Physician Report Form (PDF Version)
Physical examinations are required on all kindergarten and new students. Forms can be obtained in the Health Office. Our school physician is also available for physical examinations for students who do not have a medical home.
All classes in grades 1 - 3 receive health classes on a weekly basis. These classes include lessons on nutrition, safety (fire, car, bus, pedestrian, water), dental health, healthy habits (exercise, sleep, germs, cleanliness), body systems, basic first aid, and substance abuse (drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes). Second Grade Poster Project
Breakfast - A study reported in the Journal of School Health concluded that students who skip breakfast are less attentive, have higher cholesterol levels, and have lower scores on standardized tests. Tardiness and absenses are markedly lower among breakfast-eaters.
Bedtime - Children thrive on routine, so it is important to establish a bedtime routine.
Attendance - If your child will be absent or late, call the Health Office between the hours of 8 and 9:00 AM, or leave a message on the voice mail. We must account for all students every day. If your child is absent and a call has not been received, the school will contact you. A note is also required when your child returns to school. You may also leave an e-mail message. When should I keep my child home from school?