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Belmar Elementary School - Inspired, United, Prepared. Soaring to Excellence.

Mrs. Black, School Nurse
732 681-5411 ext. 1101
732 681-5334 fax
Black@belmar.k12.nj.us

About Mrs. Black, School Nurse
Education
Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ
School Nurse Certification

Background
Mrs. Black is looking forward to her new role as the school nurse at Belmar Elementary School! Mrs. Black has been a nurse for 19 years with experience in both acute care and outpatient care settings. She has worked as a substitute school nurse here at Belmar and also at Bradley Beach Elementary School for the past three years and is looking forward to the opportunity to fully commit to the role of a school nurse.

Mrs. Black lives in Lake Como with her husband, two children who attend Belmar Elementary School and their beagle that they adopted last year. She enjoys going to the beach, traveling, and attending concerts and sporting events when she has the opportunity.

 


The Health Office at Belmar Elementary School services approximately 40 students a day following policies and procedures for the emergency care of the sick and injured. Required health screenings include height, weight and blood pressure annually on every student. Vision screening is required every other year for students in grades K-8. Auditory screening is required annually for students in kindergarten through grade three and in grade seven. Scoliosis screenings are performed on students 10 years old and up every two years. Referrals are made as needed. Other functions of the Health Office include health appraisals, health counseling, communicable disease prevention and control, and community service referrals.

The office is staffed by a school nurse licensed by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and certified according to the standard of the New Jersey Department of Education. Medical consultation is provided by the school physician.


School Sports Information

School Year 2020-2021

The sports physical must be conducted within 365 days of the first practice session. The Sports Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Form (PPE) consists of three pages that must be completed and signed by the student's parent/guardian and medical provider in the appropriate places. The PPE may only be completed by a licensed physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant that has completed the Student-Athlete Cardiac Assessment professional development module. It is recommended that you verify that your medical provider has completed this module before scheduling an appointment for PPE. The History page of the form will be completed by the parent. The physical examination and clearance pages must be completed by your doctor. The PPE Form must be returned and reviewed by the school nurse. It will then be forwarded to our school physician who must review and approve each PPE before the student can participate in their desired sport.

The Health History Update Questionnaire form must be completed if the physical examination was completed more than 90 days prior to the first day of official practice. The form must be completed and signed by the student's parent/guardian. The form must be returned and reviewed by the school nurse. If you are unsure of the date of your child’s last physical exam, please email Mrs. Black at black@belmar.k12.nj.us.

Follow these instructions to get ready for Fall Sports!!!

The following form needs to be printed. The forms must be completed and signed by the student's parent/guardian and medical provider in the appropriate places. Please return them to the School Nurse by August 1, 2020. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.

  1. Sports Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Form

The following forms will be completed through the Genesis Parent Portal for all sports for the 2020-2021 school year. Please complete the forms by going to the FORMS tab in the parent portal.

  1. Sports Participation Form - one sport season form will be available prior to each season. Please complete the form if your child is interested in participating in a sport.

    1. Next Year Fall Sports Participation

    2. Winter Sports Participation

    3. Spring Sports Participation

  2. Athletic Information Release Form - The form you will find in the parent portal, Forms tab, will provide links to review important information the school is required to distribute.  Once the information is reviewed you will select “Confirm” on each section of the form and submit the form.  This information will be populated into our student information system for your child.

    1. Steroid - NJSIAA Steroid Testing Policy - Consent to Random Testing

    2. Concussion - Sports-Related Concussion and Head Injury Fact Sheet

    3. Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes - Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes Fact Sheet

    4. Opioid Use and Misuse - Opioid Use and Misuse Educational Fact Sheet / Spanish Version

    5. Opioid Video - Athletes vs Opioids

    6. Sports-Related eye injuries - Sports-Related Eye Injuries: An Educational Fact Sheet for Parents

*** If you need assistance with the Genesis Parent Portal, please email helpdesk@belmar.k12.nj.us.


Health Notices

Lice

Every year we receive reports of outbreaks of head lice in our community. The school can help by making you aware of these happenings so that preventive measures can be taken. It is important all parents understand that head lice infestation is not relegated to unclean homes and children. We ask the cooperation of parents that daily checks be made of their children’s hair to prevent an outbreak in our school. It is of the utmost importance that the school health office be notified if signs of head lice have been found.

WHAT DO HEAD LICE LOOK LIKE?
Head lice are difficult to see. They are tiny (like sesame seeds), wingless, bloodsucking insects that feed on the human scalp. They do not fly or jump, but crawl at high speed. The female lays small eggs (nits) which she glues to the root area of hair shafts with a sticky material. The nits are usually found at the back of the head or behind the ears and hatch in approximately ten days.

HOW CAN I TELL WHEN THEY ARE PRESENT?
A persistent itch is often the first sign, followed by infected scratch marks on the scalp, which may appear to be a rash. Close inspection of the root hairs towards the back of the head will reveal nits attached to the root areas of the hair shafts. Nits are tear drop shaped, white to brown or silver in color. Nits look like dandruff, but dandruff flakes can easily be flicked away with the fingers.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
Please check with your physician for recommended treatment options. If over the counter products are recommended, follow instructions carefully. To insure a thorough job, wash your child’s clothes, bed sheets, combs and brushes; put toys and unwashables in plastic bags for at least two weeks; and vacuum. After treatment please bring your child to the health office before returning to class. Even if they have been treated the school nurse should be informed. All information is kept confidential.

Click here to view a presentation on Lice for more information


MRSE

A fact sheet from the New Jersey Department of Health regarding MRSA is attached. In addition, the following information is provided to help avoid incidents in our school community.

What can everyone do to help prevent the spread of staph infections?

1. Cover skin infections and all open wounds with clean bandages. Make sure your child wears clothing that covers the area.

2. If your child does have a skin infection or open wound, please notify the school nurse.

3. Encourage your children to wash their hands often with soap and water throughout the day.

4. Discourage children from sharing personal items.

5. Launder athletic uniforms and other athletic clothing in hot water and dry them in a hot dryer.

6. Sanitize athletic equipment after use.

What are we doing at school to help prevent the spread of staph infections?

1. If any staff member observes a child with an open wound, he or she will be referred to the nurse.

2. Encourage hand hygiene with soap and water before eating or after using the bathroom.

3. Clean and disinfect environmental surfaces.


STREP THROAT / SCARLET FEVER INFORMATION SHEET

GENERAL INFORMATION: Many human diseases are caused by a germ called streptococcus or strep for short. While there are many different varieties of strep, strep throat and scarlet fever are caused by the Group A Beta Hemolytic Streptococcus and its acronym is GABHS. This germ spreads among humans on saliva and other oral secretions which enter the air in droplet form and invade through the nose or throat. It can also be spread on the hands if they are not washed properly.

THE ILLNESS - STREP THROAT: When the germ invades the throat of a susceptible person, the most common location of the infection is the tonsils, or in a child without tonsils, the back of the throat. Initial symptoms are high fever and sore throat, usually beginning 2-4 days after contact. It is most common in school age children. The degree of illness varies from mild to severe. A child may have low fever, 101-102, for a day or two, recover spontaneously and suffer no complications. Another child may have 104-105, be severely ill, and suffer serious complications. In addition to fever and sore throat, there is loss of appetite, difficulty swallowing, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting. Examination of the child reveals large, bright red tonsils, usually covered with a purulent (pus) exudate. Pin-head-size red spots (tiny hemorrhages) may be seen surrounding the tonsils and extending onto the palate. The lymph nodes in the neck are often swollen and tender.

THE ILLNESS - SCARLET FEVER: This condition represents an individual hypersensitivity to the toxins secreted by the GABHS and occurs in a relatively small percentage of children with strep throat. It begins on the same day as does the strep throat or a day or two later. It consists of a fine pin-point rash that feels like “goose flesh” on an area of bright, red skin. It begins on the body. The rash fades on pressure. It lasts 2-7 days, depending on the severity of the disease, and is followed by peeling of the skin (fine flakes to large sheets). The tongue may become slightly swollen, red , and mottled (“strawberry tongue”) and may also peel. The disease can be suspected by the appearance of the throat plus the remainder of the symptoms but the only sure way to confirm the diagnosis is by throat culture. Results are known in 12-24 hours. Rapid-Strep Tests have been developed which can be read in one to two hours. If the test is positive, one can reliably assume the sore throat is due to GABHS. Negative rapid-strep tests are only 60-75% accurate, so there is a possibility for error.

COMPLICATIONS: The primary GABHS infection is almost always self-limited and most children get well in 3-7 days. Without treatment, however, two to three weeks later, a small number of children develop serious complications, the most feared of which are acute rheumatic fever and acute glomerulonephritis. Some patients develop a streptococcal toxic-shock syndrome: high fever, low blood-pressure, collapse and coma. This complication has a high mortality rate.

TREATMENT OF CONTACTS: The majority of children with strep throat/scarlet fever respond well to penicillin. To prevent complications, it must be given for 10 days if oral penicillin is used. For children allergic to penicillin, erythromycin for 10 days is usually prescribed. In rare cases, other antibiotics may be necessary. It is usually not necessary to treat contacts unless an epidemic is in progress (this is usually defined as 2-3 cases within 5-7 days). Should this occur, the family physician and the school consulting physician should be notified. Household contacts would be more likely to require preventive antibiotic therapy than would school contacts.

STREP CARRIERS: A small percentage of children carry the GABHS in their throat but are not clinically sick. These children rarely spread the disease to others and most pediatricians feel they are not in any danger of developing complications. Therefore, it is not necessary for these children to receive antibiotics.

RETURN TO SCHOOL: Following initiation of treatment, it usually takes about 36-48 hours for the throat culture to revert to negative. Therefore, children sent home from school on Tuesday who go to the doctor that afternoon to receive an antibiotic, should not return until Thursday or Friday, even though they feel well by Wednesday.


School Health Mandates

Immunizations Requirements from the State of New Jersey Department of Health

Minimum Immunization Requirements for PreK:
Minimum Immunization Requirements for K through 12

The Department of Health and Senior Services revised the administrative rules regarding two immunizations that affect students in Pre-K and two immunizations that affect 6th graders. Pre-K students upon entry into school must have at least one dose of the pneumococcal vaccine and a dose of the influenza vaccine given between September 1 and December 31. Students entering 6th grade must have one dose of Tdap given no earlier than the 10th birthday and one dose of the meningococcal vaccine. Immunization requirements for school attendance in New Jersey may be clicked on below for your review.

In order for a child to start kindergarten he/she must have four DPT (Diptheria Pertussis Tetanus) vaccines (the last dose given on or after the 4th birthday or any five doses), three Polio vaccines (the last dose given on or after the 4th birthday), two MMR (Measles Mumps Rubella) vaccines, three Hepatitis B vaccines and one Varicella vaccine. Also, a physical examination on the school physical form is required by your medical care provider, if an exam was not done for PreK. In addition to the pneumococcal and influenza vaccines required for Pre-K students, 4 doses of DPT, 3 doses of polio, 1 dose MMR and 1 dose Hib (Haemophilis B) are needed for Pre-K admission.


Medical Examinations

The state requires that notification be given to parents / guardians of the importance of obtaining subsequent medical examinations of the students at least one time during each developmental stage. It is recommended that an exam be performed during early childhood (preschool through grade three), preadolescence (grades four through six), and adolescence (grades seven through twelve). All physical examinations must be done in the medical home of the student.


Tuberculosis Screening and Guidance

Letter to School Officials Regarding Tuberculosis Screenings in New Jersey Schools
Required Tuberculosis Testing in New Jersey Schools
Frequently Asked Questions