Health Services

The nurse's office is open daily for students in need of medical attention and personal health conferences. A student must receive a pass from his/her classroom teacher before going to the nurse's office. A student too ill to remain in school must report to the nurse's office and receive permission to be sent home. At no time will a student he sent home without authorization from a parent or guardian. The nurse will issue a Student Dismissal Notice to the student being sent home. This notice must be presented by the student to the Main Office before signing out.

Each step of these procedures must be followed:
  • See the school nurse first.
  • Do not call any family member/friend to come to pick you ap. The decision to send students home is to be made by the school nurse and/or the principal or the principal's designee.
  • All medication MUST be given to the school nurse. If you must take medication during the course of the school day, the medication must be administered by the school nurse.
  • Failure to comply with these procedures will result in a Principal's Detention.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse at the school at 856/966-2500.
If a student becomes ill in school, he or she must report to the nurse, who will decide what should be done. Students must never leave the school building for illness or any other reason without authorization. If the nurse is not available, students are to report to the Main Office. Leaving the school building without permission from the Main Office is not permitted.

Every accident in the school building, on school grounds, at practice sessions, or at any athletic event sponsored by the school must be reported immediately to the person in charge and to the school nurse.


The Camden City Board of Education recognizes that the use of drugs illegally and/or inappropriately constitutes a hazard to the positive development of students. In addition to maintaining a realistic, meaningful drug education program, the school district shall be actively concerned with drug use and abuse by students.

For the purpose of this policy, "drugs" shall mean:
  • All dangerous controlled substances as so designated and prohibited in New Jersey statutes; all chemicals which release toxic vapors as defined and prohibited in New Jersey Statutes.
  • All alcoholic beverages; anabolic steroids.
  • Any prescription drug, except those for which permission for use in school has been granted pursuant to board policy.
The use, possession, and distribution of alcohol or other drugs on school premises, at any board sponsored event, or on any board transportation vehicle is prohibited, and any pupil who uses, possesses or distributes alcohol or other drugs shall be subject to discipline, including suspension or expulsion, and shall be reported to law enforcement authorities. Pupils suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs shall be evaluated and reported according to law and code, and may be referred for treatment. The Board of Education will bear the expense of such treatment or examination initially, if necessary, but reimbursement shall be made to the Board of Education by the pupil and/or parents as appropriate.

Reporting, Notification and Examination: Role of the School Staff

Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Any professional staff member having reason to believe that a pupil is under the influence alcoholic beverages, or anabolic steroids, or a substance, as such as defined by N.J.S 18:40A-9, on school property or at a school function shall report use matter as soon as possible to the school nurse, the principal, and the Substance Awareness Coordinator, or in case of their absence, to their designee.


  • The pupil shall be removed to a protective environment for observation and care by the school nurse or designee. The principal shall request the assistance of the school nurse and the Substance Awareness Coordinator in assessing the physical state of the pupil. The principal and/or the Substance Awareness Coordinator shall immediately notify the parent or guardian and the chief school administrator and arrange an immediate examination of the pupil, which will include a urine and alcohol screen. In the case of anabolic steroids, the doctor will decide what examination will be used for the purpose of diagnosing whether or not the pupil has been using. A physician selected by the parent or guardian or by the medical inspector, if immediately available may perform the examination.


  • If the chosen physician is not immediately available, the pupil shall be transported to a medical facility by the school staff in a district vehicle or a police vehicle, accompanied by two (2) members of the school staff designated by the principal. A parent or guardian should also accompany the pupil.


  • If the parent/guardian refuses or fails to have the pupil examined to determine if he/she is physically or mentally able to return to school, the chief school administrator or his/her designee is required to report the incident to the Division of Youth and family Services and deem it a violation of the compulsory education laws and lake suitable action. The pupil will also be considered in violation of the drug and alcohol policy (student considered positive). Additionally, a urine sample will be taken using an on-site test kit. The parent or guardian will be informed that they have the option of a second test outside the school at their own expense. This may be completed by a private physician, but the test must be completed within two (2) hours of the initial test by the school.


  • If at the request of the parent or legal guardian, the medical examination is conducted by a physician other than the medical inspector, such examination shall not be at the expense of the district board of education.


  • A written report of the medical examination shall be furnished to the parent or guardian of the pupil, the principal, and the Substance Awareness Coordinator and the chief school administrator by the examining physician within 24 hours, except in the case of anabolic steroids. Additional time maybe required for completion of anabolic steroid tests. Students under suspicion of anabolic steroid use will he permitted to return to school while awaiting results of testing.


  • Any student who fails to provide proof to the school within 24 hours after the referral that they have had a physical examination and a drug/alcohol screening will automatically be suspended for a minimum of 5 days as per the discipline policy regardless of the outcome of the lest. If the test is positive further, action will be taken. However, a physician's report, including a drug and alcohol analysis, which states the student's fitness to return to school, will he required.


  • If there is a positive diagnosis from the medical examination indicating that the pupil is under the influence of intoxicating drugs or if the pupil is diagnosed as using anabolic steroids, the pupil shall be returned to the care of a parent or guardian as soon as possible. Attendance to school shall not resume until a written report has been submitted to the parent or guardian of the pupil, the principal, Substance Awareness Coordinator, and the chief school administrator, from a physician who has examined the pupil to diagnose drug use. The report shall certify that the pupil is physically and mentally able to return to school. In addition, the designated staff member shall complete the Violence, Vandalism, and Substance Abuse Incident Report.


  • While the pupil is at home because of the medical examination, or after his or her return to school, the school may require additional evaluation through the Student Assistance Program for the purpose of determining the extent of the pupils drug use and its effect on his/her school performance.
  • Following a complete investigation of the incident, a conference shall be arranged with the pupil and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s), principal or designee, SAC, and others as deemed necessary. A plan to address those specific needs, which the pupil may have, shall be developed following the parent conference.


  • The district shall provide through the Student Assistance Program for the evaluation and referral for treatment of pupils whose use of drugs has affected their school performance or who possess or consume drugs in school or at school functions.


  • Any staff member who reports a pupil to the principal, school nurse and Substance Awareness Coordinator, in compliance with the provisions of this subsection shall not be liable in civil damages as a result of making such a report as specified by N.J.S.A. 2A:62A-4 and as provided for under N.J.S.A.
Students who voluntarily (under 42 CFR Part II, Federal Regulations Confidentiality) seek assistance for problems involving alcohol, anabolic steroids and other drug abuse for self or other students, and staff seeking assistance for students, or students who have had a medical examination that shows a positive diagnosis, shall be referred to the Student Assistance Program to determine whether evaluation is warranted. If it is determined that an evaluation is needed, referral shall be made as follows, depending on the particular case:
  • Referral to a substance awareness education program.
  • Referral to the Core Team Members for assessment.
  • Referral to a physician for examination.
  • Referral to trained service providers, who are certified alcoholism or substance abuse counselors, who are resource persons or who work in conjunction with certified teachers or counselors for assessment.
  • Evaluation by the Child Study Team.
  • Referral to cost invoking educational programs beyond the regular school program shall be permitted only with the approval of the Board of Education.
When a student has bees diagnosed as having an alcohol or drug dependency problem. the following depending upon the particular case shall provide the student:
  • Support services from teaching or counseling staff
  • Intervention by the PAC Team who are school teaching staff members or counselors or who are acting as resource persons or working in conjunction with school certified staff
  • A modified program instruction
  • Referral to a community agency
Title IV Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act
Each year our school district receives funds from the federal government that are used for drug and violence prevention programs, services, and activities that convey a clear and consistent message that the illegal use of drugs and acts of violence are wrong and harmful. In an effort to convey this message and provide appropriate services to our students, the district has developed several programs that deal with alcohol use, drug use, tobacco use, violence prevention, and interpersonal conflict, which are coordinated by the Substance Awareness Coordinator. Evaluation results of all programs, services and activities funded by Title IV are available upon request from the Superintendent of Schools. In accordance with federal regulations, upon the written notification of a student's parent or legal guardian, the district will withdraw the student from any program or activity funded under Title IV, except classroom instruction.


During adolescence, many students may test the system at home and school. Truancy, substance abuse, and defiance of authority may be seen as art attempt to assert independence. Adolescents need a supportive and secure environment, in which to thrive, one, which allows for some experimentation with ideas and relationships within the parameters of what is safe and responsible. Each new generation is being introduced to drugs at an earlier age. It's a problem that raises countless questions for parents - How do I keep my children away from drugs; how do I know if they're involved; what do I do if they are involved?

Identification with Drug Culture
  • Drug-related magazines, slogans on clothing.
  • Conversation and jokes that are preoccupied with drugs.
  • Hostility in discussing drugs.
Dramatic Changes in School Performance
  • Distinct downward times in student's grades-not just from C's to F's, but from A's and F's to B's and C's.
  • Increased absenteeism or tardiness.
Changes in Behavior
  • Chronic dishonesty (lying, stealing, or cheating). Trouble with the police.
  • Changes in friends, evasiveness in talking about new ones.
  • Possession of large amounts of money.
  • Increasing and inappropriate anger, hostility, irritability, secretiveness.
  • Reduced motivation, energy, self-discipline, self-esteem.
  • Diminished interest in extra-curricular activities and hobbies.
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Be knowledgeable about drugs and signs of drug use. When symptoms are, observed, respond promptly. Parents are in the best position to recognize signs of drug use in their children. In order to prepare themselves, they should:
  • Learn about the extent of the drug problem in their community and in their children's schools.
  • Be able to recognize signs of drug use.
  • Meet with parents of their children's friends or classmates about the drug problem at their school. Establish a means of sharing information to determine which children are using drugs and who is supplying them.
Parents who suspect their children are using drugs often must deal with their own emotions of anger, resentment, and guilt. Frequently they deny the evidence and postpone confronting their children. Yet the earlier a drug problem is found and faced, the less difficult it is to overcome. If parents suspect their children are using drugs, they should:
  • Devise a plan of action. Consult with school officials, the Pupil Assistance Committee (PAC)
  • Discuss suspicions with their children in a calm, objective manner. Do not confront a child while he/she is under the influence of drugs.
  • Impose disciplinary measures that help remove their youngster from those circumstances where drug use might occur.
  • Take a firm stand against any drug usage by their child.
  • Seek advice and assistance from drug treatment professionals. Information about area resources is available through the PAC Team, 966-2500
The PAC Team offers help to:
  • at high risk for or involved in drug use
  • truancy
  • absenteeism
  • discipline problems
  • dropping out of school
  • teen pregnancy and teen parents
Students shall not smoke or use tobacco products at school, on school grounds, on a school bus, or at any school-related activity or at any function sponsored by the Board of Education.

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