Welcome to the District Health/Nursing Department
"Together We Can/Juntos Podemos"
Virginia Carreira, Ph. D.
Head Nurse/Nurse Practioner
Welcome to the Long Branch School District Health Services and Nursing page. Our district nurses are dedicated to providing our students with the best possible care. We hope this site will provide you with the information you need. For information specific to each school or you have additional questions, please visit our school nurse pages which can be accessed on the left side of this page under the tab "School Nurse Pages" or call your child's school nurse directly. Please also ensure that the school and the school nurse have updated phone numbers for parents/guardians and emergency contacts. We ask that parents/guardians have a plan for childcare in advance if your child is sick and needs to leave school while a parent is working. We look forward to working with parents and school administrators, teachers, and other healthcare professionals to ensure the best health outcomes for our students.
Back to School Health and Hygiene checklist
- Bring current, signed healthcare provider orders for treatments and medications to be given at school
- Make your child's health concerns known to the school nurse
- Make sure needed medications are provided to the school nurse in their original pharmacy container. Orders must be renewed each school year. If we do not have the medicine and/or the signed paperwork, we can not give your child the medicine they need. In an emergency situation, this would mean we would call 911 and your child will be taken to the hospital.
- Asthma Treatment plans and Allergy Action Plans must be renewed each school year. If we do not have the medicine and the signed paperwork, we can not administer urgently needed medications.
- Make sure the school has the most up-to-date phone number and address. Please be sure to answer the phone when the school calls. It is also a good idea to have a plan in place if you are working and your child must be picked up from school due to illness. Plans for a grandparent, friend, or a trusted neighbor should be in place in advance.
- Diabetes management plans must be updated each school year. Parents are responsible for providing all the appropriate diabetes supplies
- Check with your child's healthcare provider to make sure the required immunizations are up to date. Failure to obtain all required immunizations could result in your child not being allowed to come to school.
- Establish a routine to ensure adequate and consistent sleep. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends children ages 6-12 get 9-12 hours of sleep per night and teenagers ages 13-18 get 8-10 hours per night.
- Encourage your child to have breakfast each morning.
- Remind your child to cover their cough or sneeze, and wash hands frequently.
- Have your child shower or bathe daily, use deodorant daily, and brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day.