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Nurse's Office

Welcome to the Oradell Public School Health Office! Your calls and questions are always welcome – the more we know, the better we can take care of your child.  

When your child is absent:

Call the Absence Verification Line (201-261-1180) and please let us know why your child is out. You can also submit your child's absence digitally using the link on the front page of the OPS website. Please state your child’s name, teacher, and reason for absence. You will be called if your child does not report to school and no message was received. Please note that a doctor’s note is required after three or more days of absence.

Notes from physicians and parents:

All notes about health issues should be brought to the nurse by the student. 

  • If your child should go to the doctor for an illness or injury, please obtain a medical note stating why the child is out and when the student is cleared to return to all physical activity. Physician’s note should include restrictions/clearances for PE class and recess.  
  • All students requesting to be excused from physical education class must bring a note from the parent or doctor to the nurse at the start of the school day.
  • A parent’s request for exclusion from PE and recess is acceptable for one day only. Any further exclusion requires a physician note stating restrictions for PE and recess. If your child is excused from PE class, they will be excluded from recess that day as well.

What happens if your child become ill or injured at school?

Your child will be assessed and cared for by the school nurse. In case of minor illness or injury, parents or other designated caregivers may be contacted. In case of serious illness or injury, we will call "911" and then contact parents or other designated caregivers. It is very important that you update your contact information whenever it changes!

Medication can only be administered in school if we receive the proper authorizations from parent/physician.  Parents must deliver the medication to the health office in the original container. 

Three requirements are necessary for medication to be administered during school hours including both prescription and over the counter medications. 

  1. A physician’s written order with the name, dosage, and purpose of the medication (medication forms are available from the health office, please request one if needed or locate under the forms section on this web page). 
  2. Written permission from the parent/guardian to administer the medication. 
  3. The medication in the original container with the student’s name on it. If your child requires an Epi-pen for school it is required that we are given the two pens in the container. 

​Students are not permitted to take any medication, including all over the counter remedies or vitamins. These must be taken supervised, in the nurse’s office and permitted by the physician.

When should you keep your child home from school?
It is sometimes difficult to determine if a child really needs to stay home and miss school.  Here are some guidelines from the district doctor:

  • If a child has vomiting or diarrhea -- they must stay home until they are vomit or diarrhea free for 24 hours.
  • If a child has a fever (100 degrees or higher), they must stay home for 24 hours after the fever has subsided  (without fever-reducing medication). Keep in mind that a mildly elevated temperature may be an early indication of illness.
  • If a child has a sore throat with fever and/or vomiting, consider a visit to the pediatrician.  Students who test positive for strep must stay home until they have taken antibiotics for 24 hours.
  • If a child has discharge or crusting from the eyes, please consult with a pediatrician.  Students should be discharge-free before returning to school.
  • If a child has a bad cold or any other illness that prevents them from being able to focus in the classroom - or might disturb/infect the rest of the class - a day of rest at home can be very therapeutic. You may prevent a more serious illness by giving your child time to recover.