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Jill Armstrong
(732) 431-3321 Ext 6108
Student Attendance
As you are aware, the State of New Jersey has revised the laws regarding school attendance. In order to be in compliance with these laws, the Freehold Township Schools have created board policy to govern student attendance in Freehold Township. A summary of the policy can be found in the student handbook you received in September and it is also available on the LDS website.

School board policy requires that the school receive a written note for each school absence with the parent’s original signature. This note should state the date and reason for the absence. We have created a form which may make it easier for you to fill out and send in the required information. You can complete the form in place of a note and return it the day your child returns to school. Immediately following any future absences, you can always refer to this site to access the form or you may write an absence note to your child’s teacher. We appreciate your cooperation with this policy.
Regular attendance is necessary if students are to be successful in their studies. If your child is absent for any reason, please contact your school's Attendance Hotline before the beginning of the school day. The school will make reasonable attempts to contact the parents of all students who are absent and have not called. This is for the safety of your child. When your child returns to school, send in a note listing the reason for the absence. A basic guideline for when your child should stay home from school and a form you may use in place of an absence note is provided on the following links.

Communicable Disease Information
In order to prevent the spread of contagious diseases, parents are required to notify the school nurse whenever their child contracts one of the following: chickenpox, German measles, measles, mumps, streptococcal infections (including scarlet fever), staphylococcal infections, influenza, hepatitis, mononucleosis, meningitis, encephalitis, tuberculosis, pediculosis (head lice), ringworm, pinworms, impetigo, scabies, and conjunctivitis. The following links provide further information.
Signatures & Emergency Care
Medication orders, permission to resume physical activity, reports of physical examinations, exclusion/return to school, requests for home instruction, and all other pertinent medical communications require the actual SIGNATURE of the physician, dentist, or advanced practice nurse. Counter-signatures or stamps alone are NOT acceptable.
A child who becomes ill or who is injured at school will be seen by the school nurse.
  • If in the nurse's judgment, further care is required, the parent will be notified.
  • If the parent cannot be reached, the nurse will contact the person designated on the student's demographic sheet from Genesis.
  • Transportation to the home or the source of medical care is to be provided by the parents. No child will be permitted to go home without being accompanied by a responsible adult. In a serious emergency, the services of the local rescue squad will be utilized and the parents notified promptly.
If you plan to leave your child in the care of relatives or friends while you are out of the area, please notify the school nurse in writing. Also, please consider providing a notarized letter of permission for the caretaker to act in your place in a medical emergency.
Administration of Medication/Physical Activity Limitations
The links in below provide information and required forms on the administration of medications.
* If you have a child with asthma or life-threatening allergic reactions, please contact the school nurse!
Physical Examinations

All physical examinations must be conducted in the student's medical home (private physician/advanced practice nurse/clinic). If the student has no medical home, the school physician may perform the examination upon the written request of the parent/guardian.

An entrance physical examination is required upon school enrollment. For students transferring from a New Jersey school, the entrance exam should be forwarded upon entry. If transferring from out of the state or out of the country, the entry physical exam documentation should be submitted within 60 days of entry.

It is recommended that every child have at least one physical examination during the elementary years, during the middle school years, and in high school.