State of New Jersey School Health Mandates
ANNUAL DISTRIBUTION OF THE MENINGITIS FACT SHEET Please see 6th grade letter distrubuted annually
N.J.S.A. 18A:40-21.2 requires that school districts annually distribute the educational fact sheet on meningitis to parents or guardians of students entering sixth grade. The fact sheet is also available to private schools, although they are encouraged, but not required, to distribute the fact sheet. The fact sheet can be accessed and downloaded at www.state.nj.us/health/cd/documents/faq/meningococcal_faq.pdf.
ANNUAL DISTRIBUTION OF FACT SHEET ON HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV) Please see 7th grade letter distrubuted annually
N.J.S.A. 18A:40-42 requires public schools to annually distribute a fact sheet about vaccination against HPV to parents or guardians of students in grade seven. Private schools are encouraged, but not required, to distribute the fact sheet. The fact sheet is available at
ANNUAL DISTRIBUTION OF FACT SHEET ON SPORTS-RELATED CONCUSSIONS AND CONCUSSION MODEL POLICY GUIDANCE Please see sport physical form
N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41.3 requires each school district, charter school, renaissance school project, and nonpublic school that participates in interscholastic athletics to adopt by September 1, 2011, a policy concerning the prevention and treatment of sports-related concussions and other head injuries among student athletes. Information on the student athlete concussion policy and guidance is available at www.state.nj.us/education/aps/cccs/chpe/concussions/.
N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41.2 requires public schools to distribute the annual educational fact sheet on sports-related concussion and head injury to the parents or guardians of students participating in inter-scholastic sports and cheerleading and to obtain a signed receipt. The fact sheet is available at http://www.state.nj.us/education/aps/cccs/chpe/concussions/fact.pdf.
ANNUAL INSERVICE ABOUT ASTHMA Provided by district inservice GCN training
N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.9 requires annual asthma education opportunities for teaching staff. The Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey provides support to schools regarding asthma requirements. Additional information can be found at www.pacnj.org.
ANNUAL INSERVICE ABOUT BLOOD-BORNE PATHOGENS Provided by district inservice GCN training
Federal Occupational Safety and Health regulations require annual inservice training for school staff. N.J.A.C. 8:61-2 (New Jersey Department of Health regulation) requires public and nonpublic schools and day care facilities to establish policies and procedures for handling blood and bodily fluids, and policies and procedures for post-exposure management. Schools and day care facilities are required to provide training and appropriate supplies for all school personnel.
EPINEPHRINE TRAINING PROTOCOLS Training provided school base certified nurse
N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.6 requires that , in consultation with the board of education, school nurses designate and train school employees who volunteer to administer epinephrine when the school nurse is not physically present at the scene. Please note that licensed athletic trainers who volunteer are not in violation of the Athletic Training Licensure Act. Training Protocols for the Emergency Administration of Epinephrine, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-12.3–12.6, are available at http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/services/epi.pdf.
IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL-AGE YOUTH Please see highlighted link for questions on immunizations
School districts are required to annually review the immunization records of all students, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.2(a), and it is the responsibility of the certified school nurse to review all immunization records under N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.3(b)3v. The NJDOE provided additional information to schools regarding enrollment considerations for homeless and immigrant students on August 23, 2016. The broadcast memo can be accessed at https://homeroom5.doe.state.nj.us/broadcasts/2016/AUG/23/15177/Enrollment%20Considerations%20for%20Homeless%20and%20Immigrant%20Students.pdf.
Additional information about vaccines and recommended schedules is available at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/default.htm.
JANET'S LAW Please see board policy P5300 under district policy
N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41a through 41c requires public and nonpublic schools to have automated external defibrillators and to establish emergency action plans for responding to sudden cardiac events. The complete law can be accessed at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/AL12/51_.PDF.
For further guidance regarding Janet's Law, a Frequently Asked Questions document can be accessed at http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/legislation/ under "Sudden Cardiac Arrest."
MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADMINISTRATION IN SCHOOLS Please see board policy P5330.01 under district policy
Pursuant to P.L. 2015, c.158, a recent amendment to the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (P.L. 2009, c.307), school officials must develop policies concerning the use and administration of medical marijuana in schools. The complete law can be accessed at http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/legislation/158.pdf.
The NJDOE provided additional information to schools on May 24, 2016. The broadcast can be accessed at https://education.state.nj.us/broadcasts/2016/MAY/24/14964/Medical%20Marijuana%20Administration%20in%20Schools.pdf
NJ FAMILYCARE Distributed through home school material or see link
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.2(i), school districts are required to make accessible information regarding the NJ FamilyCare Program for students who are knowingly without medical coverage. For more information regarding the NJ FamilyCare program, please go to www.njfamilycare.org/.
SCHOLASTIC STUDENT-ATHLETE SAFETY ACT
The Scholastic Student-Athlete Safety Act (P.L. 2013, c.71) was signed into law to establish measures to ensure the health of student athletes in public and nonpublic schools.
For assistance regarding the implementation of the Scholastic Student-Athlete Safety Act, a frequently asked questions document is available at http://www.nj.gov/education/students/safety/health/services/athlete/faq.pdf.
To review related broadcasts, please go to https://education.state.nj.us/broadcasts/2013/SEP/10/10206/Scholastic%20Student%20Athlete%20Safety%20Act.pdf and
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-1.1, the appointed school physician, as a requirement of his or her contract, must complete the Student-Athlete Cardiac Screening professional development module and provide a copy of the certificate to the school. The professional development module can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/services/athlete/PDModule.shtml
SPORTS-RELATED EYE INJURIES- Please see link below for information on eye injuries
N.J.S.A. 18A: 40-41.9b requires each school district and nonpublic school to annually distribute the educational fact sheet on sports-related eye injuries to the parents or guardians of the students. The fact sheet can be accessed at http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/SportsRelatedEyeInjury.pdf.
SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH IN YOUNG ATHLETES PAMPHLET Please see attached form on sport physical form or see link
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41c through d, school districts must distribute the Sudden Cardiac Death In Young Athletes pamphlet to each student-athlete and to the parents or guardians of the student-athlete. The pamphlet can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/services/cardiac.pdf and the student-athlete and parent or guardian certification and sign-off sheet can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/services/SuddenCardiacDeathPamphletSignOffSheet.pdf.
TUBERCULOSIS (TB) SCREENING AND GUIDANCE Please see link below for any questions
Guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health on the annual TB requirements, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-16 through 19, can be found at http://nj.gov/health/tb/tech.shtml, under "Schools" and "Frequently Asked Questions."