• Welcome to the Mahala F. Atchison Nurse's Office

    There are two nurses on duty in the Nurse's office at the Mahala F. Atchison, and we would like to introduce ourselves. We are Mrs. Susan Higgins (full-time)  and Mrs. Jennifer Polinger (part-time). Our purpose is to provide care for health problems or injuries and to promote an optimal level of wellness.  Susan Higgins has been a Certified School Nurse in the Tinton Falls School District for over 20 years. Erin Wood RN is part-time in the Health Office. She has over 12 years nursing experience and is working towards her School Nurse certification. We are here to ensure that our Tinton Falls school and community are as happy and healthy as possible. Our goal is to provide useful and helpful information to allow students to have a successful learning experience in a safe and positive environment. Please take a moment to review the contents of our site to be familiar with the health information and forms that will be helpful during the course of your child's time with us.


    • The parent or legal guardian is requested to call the school absentee line (732-542-5438 or 732-542-2500 ext. 2502) before 8:00 A.M. the morning of the pupil’s absence. P.M. Prep must call by 8:30 of that day.
    • The parent or guardian who anticipates a future absence or anticipates an absence will be prolonged should notify the absentee line. Please contact the pupil’s teacher, who will assist in the arrangement of make-up work. A note listing the dates and reasons for any absence is required when a child returns to school.
    • A doctor's note is necessary for an absence of more than five days.

    Families are expected to notify the school when a student is kept home because of illness. Students may not attend an after-school or evening activity when they have been absent from school during that day. Homework assignments for an absentee can be requested by leaving a message for the teacher. A note listing the dates and reasons for any absence is required when a child returns to school. A doctor’s note is necessary for an absence of more than five days.


    • Cover your cough! Cough into your upper sleeve or into a tissue and discard properly.
    • Properly dispose of used tissues and other soiled items, and wash your hands after doing so
    • Wash hands with warm soapy water or hand sanitizer frequently and regularly!
    • Regularly clean and disinfect areas and items likely to have frequent hand contact
    • Contact your health care provider when your child or other family member is sick with the flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache and body aches.
    • Stay informed through www.state.nj.us/health/www.cdc.gov, or www.flu.gov.


    Keep your child home from school when he or she is sick.


    Sickness includes, but is not limited to

    • active vomiting
    • diarrhea
    • fever over 100F
    • conjunctivitis ("pink eye")
    • upper respiratory infections
    • or when your child is just "not him/herself" or may have symptoms that would interfere with learning, like persistent or frequent coughing

    Allow your child to return to school only when fever-free for at least 24 hours (no longer having a fever without use of fever-reducing medicines).

    A student who has been absent by reason of having or being suspected of having a communicable disease must present to the School Nurse written evidence of being free of communicable disease, in accordance with Policy No. 8451.
    Please don't hesitate to call the Health Office if you have any questions or concerns, or need to share any changes or updates in your childs health files.
    Phone - 732-542-5438 or 732-542-2500 ext. 2502
    Fax - 732-542-4905
Last Modified on February 26, 2020