Welcome to the school nurse webpage!
Salma Malik, RN, BSN
School Nurse, K-12
Office (201)963-0222 ext 223
As the school nurse at Hoboken Charter School, I am committed to keeping our students safe, well, and happy! The children come to my office for wellness screenings, illness evaluations and first aid. Please feel free to contact me Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m to 3:00 p.m with any concerns or questions you may have.
Hoboken Charter School requires that health physicals be submitted yearly for students prior to the beginning of the school year. In addition, any student participating in organized sports, outside of physical education classes are required to have a New Jersey State Athletic Physical form on file.
A copy of the school physical form and New Jersey State Athletic Physical forms can be found at the bottom of this webpage.
HCS ensures that our student's health and safety is our number one priority. The following safety protocols have been put in place:
- Reducing class sizes by 50%
- Daily symptom screening
- Frequent Cleaning Protocols
- Ventilation Protocols
- Universal Mask Requirement
- Frequent Hand Washing
- 6 Feet of Spacing
Please keep your child home if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of smell or taste
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Please take your child to their primary care physician to get assessed, and follow up with me afterwards. The doctor will decide whether or not your child will need a COVID test or not. I will need clearance from the physician in order for your child to return back to school.
If your student will be taking any medication at school, you must confer with the school nurse.
The Hoboken Charter School recommends that medication be taken at home whenever possible. We recognize, however, that in some cases it is essential that medication be administered during the school day.
For the protection of all the students and to comply with New Jersey state law, the district has a policy and procedures in place for the handling of ALL medications in the schools. For school events that occur outside of school hours (e.g. extended field trips, athletic events, afterschool clubs and aftercare) parents/guardians are responsible for providing all medications.
Please do not put any kind of medicine, including Tylenol, vitamins, and cough drops in your child's lunch box, backpack or pockets.
You may find copies of the Medication Administration form to be completed by the child's physician and signed by the parent/guardian at the bottom of this page.
Medication at School - School Nurse Administration
The following conditions must be met:
- All medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription, need a current Medication Authorization Form (available for download at the bottom of the page) signed by the student's physician and parent/guardian.
- Medication must be delivered to the school nurse in a properly labeled prescription or original over-the-counter container and not be expired. The student's name must be on the label with proper identification of the drug, dosage, and directions for administration.
- The medication order is effective for the current school year only.
- If changes in the medication order occur, the parent is responsible for notifying the school and providing verification from the physician/dentist.
- Field Trips: For students on daily medication, request an extra labeled empty bottle from your pharmacy that can be used for field trips.
Student Self-Administered Medication
Note: No student should be in possession of/ or administer to himself any medication, prescription or over the counter, while at school unless it is an emergency medication such as asthma inhaler , epinephrine injection for allergies(Epipen), or diabetes medication and the proper paperwork has been filed with the school nurse (the school medication administration form). To do so will be considered a violation of the school drug policy (see section "Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco in School" below). Furthermore, no medication will be given by the school nurse without a signed Medication Administration Form.
Student Self-Administered Asthma and Anaphylaxis medications:
When a parent requests that his/her student be allowed to self-administer medication for asthma and/or anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction), a Parental Request for Medication Form must be filled out and signed by the Health Care Provider and parent/guardian. The permission form must be accompanied by a treatment plan for what to do in case of an emergency. The Health Care Provider must also provide training for the student to recognize symptoms and the correct use of medications. Additionally the student must demonstrate his/her ability to correctly evaluate his/her symptoms and use of medications to the school nurse including how to access help when needed.
You can also obtain the Parental Request for Medication Form in the school nurse's office or download it from the bottom of this webpage.
STUDENT EMERGENCY PLANS:
Students with health conditions such as ASTHMA, ALLERGIES, EPILEPSY, AND DIABETES, require emergency plans for care should the child need emergency care during school hours. If your child has any of the above named conditions, please contact his/her physician to have an emergence plan completed and sent to school.
Emergency plan forms for ASTHMA and ALLERGIES is located at the bottom of this webpage.
If your child is injured and requires any type of assistive devices or physical education/recess restriction, a doctor's note must be brought to the nursing office
describing how long the restriction/device is necessary, if the student can or cannot bear weight and any other relevant information.
WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME:
In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all of the children at Hoboken Charter School, it is school policy that your child be kept home if they are exhibiting the following symptoms during the night before and/or morning of school:
-fever over 100.4 degrees, controlled without a fever reducer.
(Note: Students must be fever free for 24 hours prior to returning to school)
-undiagnosed skin rashes or eruptions
-draining, crusty, red or itchy eyes
Because the presence of lice is a common occurrence in school, it is important that schools and families reinforce prevention and appropriate ways to handle lice infestations when they happen. Hoboken Charter School has a "No Nit Policy" which means that students found to have lice will be sent home to receive treatment. For the student to be readmitted to school, the child must first check in with the school nurse and the nurse will check for nits. If there are live nits or enough nits that it is too time-consuming to check each, the child will be sent back home or the parents to continue the manual removal.
DRUG, ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO USE IN SCHOOL:
Hoboken Charter School is a drug, alcohol and tobacco free environment. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are prohibited on school grounds and any student found to be in possession of or using any of these substances while at school will be dealt with according to the school drug policy.