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    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    I am the new, appointed School Nurse here at the Woodrow Wilson School and I look forward to serving the students, staff, parents, and community of the Neptune City School District.  These are unprecedented times in a pandemic, there will be a great deal of important information to share, and there will be many questions.  Here is an important information item for your review:

    If your son/daughter has been diagnosed with Asthma or Reactive airway disease, please make sure to have your physician fill out an Asthma Action Plan. Please return the form along with the medication in the beginning of September. 

    Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic requires schools to change the ways that asthma treatments are provided in schools.

    Avoid use of nebulizers as they spread droplets and are not advised. Viral droplets persist in the air for 1-2 hours. (Multi-dose inhalers are equally effective in delivering the medication). 

    School nurses can give medication at school using individual inhalers with spacer/valved holding chamber. 

    When you meet with your child’s doctor, please ask them to include a spacer/valved holding chamber on their prescription. Without a spacer, using an inhaler can spread droplets. You will need to provide a spacer/valved holding chamber with your child’s inhaler. 

    As always, if you have any questions about the above or any concerns related to your child’s health at school, please do not hesitate to call. 

    Sincerely, 

    Casey Dowling, RN

     
     
                                                      Nurse: Casey Dowling, RN
     
                                              Please email or call with any questions
     
                                cdowling@neptunecityschool.org
                                
                                        Phone: 732- 775- 5319  ext- 5004
     
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      CURRENT HEALTH INFORMATION
     
    Attention Parents of 8th Grade Students
     
    If your child will be trying out for a sport next year at Neptune High School, they will be required to have an initial concussion test.  This is done on the computer at the high school and you will need to call the coach to arrange for testing.
    Additionally, your child will need a current sports physical.  Physicals are good for 365 days.  Free sports physicals are available at Midtown Elementary School.  If you would like more information on scheduling a physical or have any questions, please contact the Head Nurse at Neptune High School.  Giuseppina Diamante: 732-776-2200 Ext. 3651.
     
    Attention Parents of 5th Grade Students
     
     The New Jersey State Health Department has recently made two more vaccinations required for children attending school. In accordance with New Jersey State Law N.J.A.C. 8:57-4, all students entering sixth grade and born after January 1, 1997, MUST provide proof of vaccination for Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, acellular pertussis) given no earlier than the 10th birthday and the meningococcal vaccine.

         We need proof from your doctor of the dates the two vaccinations were administered. If your child has not received these vaccinations, please call your Pediatrician to make an appointment.

         Documentation must be provided as soon as possible.  The school retains the right to exclude any child that is not in compliance with this law. If there is a problem, please feel free to call me at any time.

         If you do not have health insurance, you can call 732-431-7456 x 8516 /3727 and immunizations are given for free.
     
     
    If your child has medication in the nurse's office please read the message below
     
    Please make arrangements to have an adult pick the medication up the last day of school (or earlier if this is not possible.)  Medication can not be sent home with students.   After reasonable efforts  to have parent retrieve the medication have failed, any unused medication that remains in the school at the end of the year, must be destroyed or discarded by the School Nurse, in accordance with proper medical controls.
    If your child will require medication next year, new orders from the doctor must be obtained.  Please see the left side of this webpage for the link to forms.  There are different forms for general medication, asthma medication and Epipens.  All areas of the form must be completed by the doctor and parent.  Return the form along with the medication in September.  Again, medication must be transported by an adult.  For those students with asthma, please send in tubing, medication cup and mask or pipe.
    As always, if you have any questions about the above or any concerns related to your child's health at school, please do not hesitate to call. You may also e-mail me at gnastro@neptunecityschool.org.
     
     
    Casey Dowling
    732-775-5319 x 5004
Last Modified on August 25, 2020