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


    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.

    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
    Tips for Preventing the Spread of Flu
     sick child1. Keep your child home from school or day care when he or she is sick.
     2. 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).
    3. Cover your cough. Cough into your upper sleeve or into a tissue and discard
         properly. tissue
    4. Properly dispose of used tissues and other soiled items, and wash your hands
         after doing so.
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    5. Wash hands frequently and regularly, or use hand sanitizers when water is not
         readily available.
    6. Regularly clean and disinfect areas and items likely to have frequent hand
    telephone 7. 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).
     8. If you are not able to stay home with your child, plan ahead for how he or she will
         be taken care of  when sick at home or if school is closed.

     9. Stay informed through www.state.nj.us/health/, www.cdc.gov, or www.flu.gov.

Last Modified on September 22, 2017