Welcome to Princeton Public Schools Health Services webpage. The Health Services team collaborates with parents, healthcare providers, educational services and the community to promote student health, so students can meet their educational goals. A Licensed school nurse (LSN) and health paraprofessionals work together to meet the students' physical, social, and emotional health needs and the health/safety of the entire school community.
The school health offices are staffed by a health services paraprofessional with a licensed school nurse in the building 1/2 day per week and as needed or on-call within the District.
- Provide routine and emergency first-aid care to students and staff with illnesses and injuries under the direction of the LNS and medical advisor.
- Administer medications as delegated by the LSN.
- Provide care to students with medical conditions as directed by the Individualized Health Planand delegated by the LSN.
- Maintain documentation of immunizations and other health needs as part of the student health record.
- Assist with monitoring and providing information regarding communicable concerns.
- Are certified in CPR and First Aid
Licensed School Nurse
- Together with the health paraprofessional, promote and maintain the health and well-being of all students and staff.
- Delegate and supervise first-aid care, medication administration, and health procedures.
- Develop health policies/practices to provide and improve safe health services for students and staff.
- Assess, plan, and document for students with health needs.
- Plan and provide vision, hearing and scoliosis screening and referrals.
- Provide health consultation, education, and referral services to students, staff and families.
- Coordinate surveillance, prevention and control of communicable disease.
- Is a Registered Nurse with a baccalaureate degree and is licensed in public health and school nursing.
Contact information needed for your child in the case of an emergency or illness is an important part of providing care and facilitating communication with parents/guardians. You will be asked to complete an emergency form, which provides contact information, health concerns and recent immunizations. This emergency sheet will be mailed or sent home with your child. The emergency form needs to be updated and a parent/guardian signature is required each year for emergency treatment. Please return the sheet as soon as possible to assist health services in caring for your child. It is extremely important to update any medical information, phone changes, address changes and alternate contact changes at any time during the school year as they may occur.
Child with a Medical Concern
Make your child’s health concerns known to the District School Nurse or Health Service Assistant. Bring current signed Health Care Provider’s orders and medication that will be needed each school year and with any changes that occur during the school year. Work with the District School Nurse to develop an Individual Health Plan for your child at school each school year and with any changes that occur during the school year. Provide permission for the school district nurse to communicate with your child’s healthcare provider by signing a Data Release Form, Individual Health Plan, and/or Action Plan for your child at school each school year and with any changes that occur during the school year. These forms can be found on the Health Services website: email@example.com click on Parent Medical Forms. Provide parent/guardian and emergency contact phone numbers each school year and with any changes that occur during the school year. If the school health staff are aware that your child has a medical concern, each year two attempts will be made to obtain current health information and/or medication. Health information about your child will be shared with school staff (and transportation staff) on a “need to know” basis only. If your child rides the bus or other school transportation, it is the parent/guardian responsibility to share with transportation staff any health concerns, health information, and emergency medication to ensure the safety of your child while being transported.
Allergy Aware Schools
Food Allergies - be aware that many people have allergies to foods (especially to peanuts, peanut products and other nuts). Some of the school buildings allow peanuts and nut products in classrooms. Some of the school lunchrooms have areas where students are allowed or not allowed to eat peanuts and nuts. Some school lunchrooms serve peanuts/peanut products. Check for the specific procedures in your child’s school building.
Latex - due to an increasing incidence of latex (rubber) allergies, non-latex balloons will be used during the school day and for school events in all buildings. These items are a significant concern because they allow latex particles to be dispersed into the air. Mylar, vinyl and other non-latex products are safe alternatives. Latex-free gloves and bandages are used in the school Health Offices.
Scents - many people have allergies to scents. Avoid using any products with strong scents: this includes perfumes, colognes, heavily scented deodorants and Essential Oils. No perfumes or scented spray type products are allowed in the school buildings.