Hunterdon Central's Health Services Program is designed to maximize an individual's health potential and provide a broad spectrum of health services to students. The goals of the school health services program are:
- to identify health defects and needs of pupils
- to assist pupils in becoming increasingly responsible for their own health
- to promote the optimal level of health for pupils
- to provide health education and health counseling for pupils and parents
The following comprehensive school health services are provided to students:
The vision screening program (N.J.S.A. 18A:40-1) is performed to screen for visual acuity, muscle balance, and color perception. Vision screenings will be done during the 9th grade physical; then as needed. Students identified as needing follow-up will be referred to their private medical doctor.
Hearing screenings will be done during the 9th grade physical, and then in grade 11 by the school nurse.
Audiometric screening (N.J.A.C 6:29-8.1) is conducted to screen for hearing defects. Referrals are provided to parents of all identified students requiring evaluation by a private medical doctor.
Health appraisals are conducted to assess normal growth and development. Significant changes in growth and development patterns will be discussed with the student and/or parent. Blood pressure screening is conducted to identify students at risk for hypertension. Health counseling regarding nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle will be provided. Appropriate referrals to private physicians will be made when necessary.
Scoliosis is the lateral curvature of the spine most commonly detected during the adolescent growth period. Pamphlet Law 2000c. 126. requires that all students between the ages of 10-18 be examined every other year. This will be done during the 9th grade physical and then in grade 11 by the school nurse. Parents have the right to refuse this examination by completing the Scoliosis Screening Form.
The N.J.A.C. 6:29-4.2 requires that only the Mantoux intradermal test be used to test students for tuberculosis. Students who transfer into Hunterdon Central during the current school year from a country identified by the Health Department will be tested. A Mantoux test will be considered acceptable only if it was administered within the previous six months. All transfer students to be tested will be notified by mail. All students to be tested will be notified by mail. Parents/guardian must return the permission to test to the Health Office, prior to testing.
Students who need to self-administer emergency medication during school hours, such as Epipen or inhalers, must have their physician complete the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Emergency Drug Form. Please bring this form to the health office on the first day of school. All prescription and over- the-counter medications that are to be dispensed at school must have a physician's order and must be brought to the health office in the original container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician with student's name, name of the drug, dosage and times of administration. All medication orders must be renewed at the beginning of each school year. Timely notification of changes must be made to the appropriate health office. Students may not carry medication of any type, except for registered Epipens and inhalers, with appropriate documentation from a physician. If you have any questions, please call the Health Office.
Please note that health forms are posted on the left side of this webpage.