Tips from the Health Office

Keep your child home if he or she has a fever, vomiting/diarrhea or a bad cold or cough.


It is essential that children with communicable diseases be kept home until the contagious period is over and their physician allows them to return to school.  A note from the doctor is highly recommended.


Please report all contagious disease (strep throat, pink eye, scarlet fever, chicken pox) or contagious conditions to the school nurse promptly.


If your child exhibits a skin rash of undetermined origin, please consult your physician before sending the child to school.



In the event your child is going to be absent from school, please call Ms. Ginenthal at (973) 680-8686 ext.2854.  You can leave a voicemail message at any time, 24 hours a day.


Emergency Card

The Bloomfield Public School Emergency Card is a legal consent and information form for an emergency situation.  Please return the card promptly.

Sometimes jobs and friends change.  If so, kindly send us a note with the new information so we can update your child’s emergency records.


Emergency Care

A comprehensive health service is provided in accordance with state law and the Board of Education policy.  In case of an accident or illness in school, parents/guardians are notified of the health emergency so that the child may be taken home or to a physician.  The school cannot provide transportation.  In extreme emergencies, the local First Aid Squad will be called.

Health Screenings

During the school year each student will be seen by the school nurse for the following appraisals: height and weight, vision, hearing and blood pressure screening.  Notices will be sent to parents by the nurse should health problems be found.

Physical Exams

Physical examinations are performed in preschool, kindergarten, 4th, 7th and 11th grades, for new entrants, and for Child Study referrals.  A special form for completion by a private physician is provided in June to each student who will enter the above grades.  Although Bloomfield does not require a yearly physical or dental examination, both are strongly encouraged.

Medications/Changes in Health Status

The certified school nurse and the student’s parents/guardians are the only ones permitted to administer medication in New Jersey schools.  Medication will be administered to a Bloomfield student during the day only when the student would be otherwise compromised.  The parent/guardian must complete the district’s medication consent form and provide written orders from the private physician.  No over-the-counter medication will be administered without a physician’s written order.  Self administration of medication for certain chronic conditions (i.e. asthma) will be permitted only after district guidelines are completed.


Please notify your child’s school nurse when there is a change in your child’s health status, or if a medication has been added, deleted or changed to your child’s treatment plan.  It is important for the school nurse to have this information should an emergency occur at school.  In addition, such changes are important for the school nurse to be aware of, for the proper assessment and care of your child should they become ill at school or display any side effects of medication.