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Health and Family Information

Nurse's Offices
To contact the Nurse's Offices, please contact the main district number, (732) 400-5900, and follow the appropriate prompts.

2023-24 Health Office Letter

The primary responsibility for the health of a child rests with the parent/guardian and their family physician or primary health care provider.  According to state law, “Each student medical examination shall be conducted at the medical home of the student, and a full report sent to the school.” (N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.2). Any student whose parent/guardian has not submitted the completed, state-mandated forms prior to the first day of school may be excluded from school until all requirements are met. If your child has an appointment with the doctor past the first day of school, a note from the doctor or an appointment card with the date of the exam should be submitted to the Health Office.

When to Stay Home from School
Any symptoms of the flu, such as, nausea/vomiting, fever, chills, body aches, bad sore throat, persistent cough.
When your child's fever is above 100.0 F  
  • Your child may not return to school until fever is under 100.0 F for 24 hrs. without Tylenol or Motrin.
When your child is vomiting
  • Your child may not return to school until there is no vomiting for 24 hours.

Medical Forms

If your child needs to take medication while in school, they will need to download the appropriate form(s), have your physician fill-out and sign page two of the form(s), and return it to the Nurse by the first week of school.

Respiratory Virus Guidelines (including COVID-19)
If your student has a respiratory virus (including COVID-19), they should stay home for at least 24-hours and can return to school when they are symptom-free and do not need medication to control a fever.  If your child does test positive for COVID-19, please contact the school nurse.  

The district will follow the guidance from the CDC which can be found here.  Additional resources can be found on the CDC website.


Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs are increasingly becoming a problem within residences of all kinds including homes, apartments, hotels, dorms, and shelters throughout the United States, currently there is no evidence of a major infestation in the Dunellen School District.  

The common bedbug is a 6-legged wingless insect, which ranges in size from a poppy-seed in its early stages to a 0.5 cm length at adult size.  They are white or light-tan in color to a reddish-brown.  Bed bugs have spread far and wide through the country and are to be expected in every community regardless of the population, income, or ethnic/racial make up of the population.
For more information on bed bugs: 

NJ Family Care Information
NJ Family Care is a federal and state funded health insurance program created to help New Jersey's uninsured children and certain low-income parents and guardians to have affordable health coverage.

Middlesex County Influenza Information
All Middlesex County Public Health Department H1N1 clinics will be held based on vaccine availability. Call 732-565-3788 between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm and press 0 to schedule an appointment Appointments will be taken through December 18, 2009

View the Middlesex Department of Health Flu Website

Somerset County Influenza Information
They may take some Middlesex County residence - it is recommended that you contact them directly.

Link to Greater Somerset Health Partnership

Important Message About Lead Poisoning (pdf)
Why is New Jersey concerned about lead poisoning?
Why is your child’s school concerned about lead poisoning?
Why should parents be concerned about lead poisoning?

MRSA Information
Informational brochure about the MRSA skin infection.

HPV Vaccine Questions (pdf)
What is human papilloma virus (HPV)?
Who should get the HPV vaccine?
What is the HPV vaccine?
Where can I get more information?