Welcome to the Nurse's Page!

School Nurse: Mrs. Janice Backer, RN, School Nurse
Tel: 973-543-7474, Ext. 1
Office hours: 7:15 AM until 3:00 PM whenever school is in session.


All absences are to be reported to the nurse by 7:30 am of the day of absence.


After three days of consecutive absence, a doctor's note is required to return to school.


What Does the Nurse Do?

The School Nurse is responsible for ensuring that student health records are current with necessary immunizations, physical exams, and that health concerns such as allergies are noted. She provides care for students who are ill or injured at school and contacts parent/guardian when necessary. Prescription and non-prescription (OTC) medications are administered providing a physician's written orders and parent's written permission are provided. The School Nurse performs heights and weights, hearing, vision, and scoliosis screenings and makes necessary referrals.

Health Records

All children attending public, private, or parochial school in New Jersey must submit to the school proof of their immunization history according to the recommended childhood immunization schedule.  This immunization schedule is located to the right.

All students attending St. Joseph School must have a current Medical Information Form and Permission to Share Form on file each year.


Any student interested in participating on a school athletic team is required to have a physical examination conducted within 365 days prior to the first practice session. All forms must be completed and submitted to the nurse BEFORE the team's first practice.  If forms are not complete, the student will not be allowed to participate in practices until all forms are submitted.

All medication taken during the day must be taken in the Nurse's office and with the permission of the doctor and parent.  The Permission to Medicate Form must be on file.

Any student with food allergies and/or asthma must have their action plans signed by both the physician and parent and on file with the nurse.


General Health Information

During this flu season, a few reminders are worth some emphasis:

When children have a fever, it is recommended that they remain out of school until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours. Not only does the child feel terrible, but also early in the illness is usually when viruses are spread, quickly infecting many other students and staff.

When children have been vomiting they need time to re-nourish and replenish fluids that have been lost. Generally, at least 48 hours is needed to fully recover from a stomach virus..

If your child has a severe sore throat prompting you to make an appointment for a throat culture, please do not send your child to school. Strep throat is contagious until treated. Children who have had a throat culture should not return to school until the doctor reports a negative culture, or, if it is positive, until the student has had 24 hours of antibiotics.

Important Forms from the Nurse's Office
All students MUST have the following forms on file each year.
Over the counter and prescription medication forms.
Doctor and Parent signatures required on both forms.
The following forms must be on file for students with asthma and/or allergies
Required forms for students participating on a school athletic team.