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    Hello and a warm welcome to Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center!  My name is Maggie Berry.  So that we may work in a cooperative effort regarding your child's health, the following information is provided for your reference.
     
    The direct phone line to the health office is 464-5583 (option #3).  Please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.  Please do not leave an important message that needs to be addressed immediately.  If there is an emergent situation, contact the front office at option #2.
     
    Chronic health conditions, such as asthma or severe allergies, needs to be communicated to the school nurse.  Open communication helps to ensure that health issues are addressed appropriately and timely.
     
    If your child requires medication to be given during the school day, written authorization is required by the parent and the child's physician.  That includes over the counter medication such as Tylenol or cough drops as well as prescription medication.  The medication will be kept locked in the health office to be administered by the nurse.  The medication must be in the original container and labeled with the child's name. Parents have the option of coming to school to administer necessary medications themselves.  Children are never permitted to carry any type of medication for their safety as well as the safety of the other children. Children at MKM ECC are never permitted to self administer medication.
     
    Preschool children will be weighed and measured during the month of October. Kindergarten and first grade students will be weighed and measured and have vision, hearing, and blood pressure screenings throughout the school year. Parents/guardians will be notified by phone and in writing for any abnormal findings.  If you have any questions regarding screenings, please don't hesitate to call the health office.
     
    The first grade students will have health lessons November through May.  Students will learn about the important aspects of their bodies, healthy minds, and resolving conflicts.  They will learn about the location and function of major body organs, healthy habits, germs, the immune system, and the importance of hand washing. Late spring in first grade, students will learn about medicine, drugs and poisons, stranger safety, "good touch and bad touch", and nutrition.  Please refer to the Berkeley Heights curriculum guide for health related content areas addressed at school.
     
    If there are any changes in your child's health, including new allergies, medication, hospitalization, fractures, corrective lenses or any other pertinent information, please contact the school nurse. Many times important accommodations need planning and implementing to ensure the safety and comfort of your child.  
     
    Also, information might be important to include on your child's NJ State A-45 health record. The A-45 maintains health information  concerning your child for the 13 years of public education.   It is a comprehensive record of immunizations, physicals and other important health information. Please keep a copy of any important information sent to the nurse at school. To maintain privacy, please send health information to school in a sealed envelope to my attention or email the information.
     
    By working together, I know  we can make this an exciting, safe, and healthy school year for your child!