• Frequently Asked Questions
     
     
    • How do I report my child absent?  To report an absence call the Absentee Line at 908-464-1723 & press "1" for attendance.                                                                                                                                                                                                           
    • Do I need to report my child absent every day when they stay home?  Yes or you may report extended absences when you leave a message on the Absentee Line.  
    • Does my child need an annual school physical?  No, only new students are required to have a physical on entrance.
    • Are there any new immunization requirements for my child?  New immunizations are required for 5th graders as they enter 6th grade at Columbia Middle School. 
    • What temperature is considered a fever?  Any temperature over 100 is considered a fever.
    • My child has a fever.  When can they return to school?  A child must be fever free for 24 hours without Tylenol or Advil before returning to school. 
    • How soon can my child return to school after having gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting or diarrhea)?   A child must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. 
    • Can I send in cough drops for my child?  Yes, but parents must also send in a completed Over-the-Counter Medication form (which can be found and downloaded from this website).    
    • I treated my child or one of their siblings for head lice.  Should I call the school nurse?  Yes, please report head lice to the nurse. 
    • Should I let the school nurse know if my child has been absent due to strep throat, conjunctivitis or other communicable diseases?  Yes.
    • Can I write a note to excuse my child for gym & recess?  Yes, parents can write an excuse for up to one week.  A note from a physician is required for gym excuses that extend beyond one week. 
    • Will my child need a doctor's note for crutches?  Yes.
    • How often do I need to get a new doctor's order for medication given at school?  Yearly.
    • How often do I need to complete an authorization form for over-the-counter medication?  Yearly.