Meaghan A. Mukerji, RN
Welcome to the Nurse's Office!
With the cooler autumn weather, it's important that our children are healthy and safe at school. Adequate rest, warm clothing, proper footwear and good nutrition are the keys to wellness as cold and flu season approaches.
The following reminders will make our school days go more smoothly:
Please make sure your child eats a healthy and nourishing breakfast! With busy families, consider items like granola bars, ready-made breakfast sandwiches, individually-packaged muffins, and other easy-to-prepare items. Breakfast should contain both carbohydrates (like toast, hash browns, muffin or waffles) and protein (such as milk, egg, ham, cheese, sausages or bacon) to keep blood glucose levels even. Children cannot learn when they are hungry!
Adequate rest is equally important. Children in the range of 9-10 years old require an equal amount of sleep...about 9 hours per night! A set bedtime routine helps children transition smoothly from the busy day to a restful night.
As autumn transitions to winter, please leave the fancy shoes at home, especially high-heeled boots, dress shoes or platform sneakers. Icy sidewalks, snow banks, and mid-day slush all are a possibility as the children board buses, walk to and from parents' vehicles, and continue to practice fire drills. Also...while the children at MLK do not go outdoors if the temperature is below forty degrees, they still run, jump and play during gym periods, and sturdy footwear with rubber soles is a must. Please note that children without proper footwear may not be permitted to participate in gym and some recess activities.
Please remember to include Vaseline or Chap-Stick on lips as part of your morning routine. All too often children come to the nurse's office with chapped, cracked and bleeding lips; the simple step of applying Vaseline or Chap-Stick every morning is an easy fix.
If you child requires medication for the school year, please provide the medication in an original container. Prescription medication should have the prescription label intact. Additionally, all medications (whether prescription or non-prescription) require physician's documentation in the form of either an Asthma Action Plan, Food Allergy Action Plan, or Medication Administration Request. If you have questions regarding any of the forms, please reach me in the health office at extension 5443. Please note that children may not carry medication on their person or in their backpack for any reason; this includes aspirin, cough lozenges, vitamins, etc.
Our school community includes numerous children with allergies, some of which are life-threatening. If you plan to provide classroom treats to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion, please notify your child's teacher in advance in order that children with allergies may be included with an alternate treat on that day. Please also consider non-food items such as pencils, erasers, or stickers to celebrate.
Please keep my office updated on any changes in your child's health status, including new medications (or changes in current medications), allergies, illnesses, injuries, etc. Please also make sure contact information is current for parents and guardians, including home, cell and work telephone numbers, and alternate contact information for grandparents, friends or family members whom you trust to care for your child in an emergency.
If your child is ill, please keep him or her at home. Conditions including vomiting, fever, and diarrhea require that a child be symptom-free for 24 hours without medication before returning to the classroom.
If a child is absent from school for one or two days, please send a note on the day your child returns to school indicating the nature of the illness. If a child is absent three or more days, a physician's note is required on the child's first day back at school. In addition, please call the attendance line daily at 732-699-1563, ext. 7, to report your child's absence, and reach out to your child's teacher via e-mail for classwork and homework assignments that will be missed during the absence. Please note that parents may excuse only two separate absences during a marking period; a physician's note is required for any absence exceeding two during a marking period, regardless of the number of days.
Still have questions? You may reach me at school at x5443 between the hours of 8:05 a.m. and 2:20 p.m., or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is my pleasure to care for your child.
Have a safe and happy school year!