We are deeply committed to taking care of our students and adults at all times, including in emergency situations.
The school office has a physical Emergency Card for each student based on information provided by parents and guardians on the Family Information Form. This card is important to your child’s safety and welfare. We understand that any instructions given by parents remain in-force until revoked by the parent or guardian. The Family Information Form can be revised at any time and must be confirmed annually during the summer. It is suggested that parents keep track of the information provided and update the information as changes occur.
Illness or Accident
Saint Joseph Regional School is equipped with first aid supplies and is used as an emergency center to give care in case of accident or sudden illness at school.
Children who become ill at school are sent home with parents or other persons authorized on the student’s emergency card. Children should be picked up from the school office.
- In cases that appear to be of a minor nature, first aid will be administered at the school. Medication may not be administered without a completed Medication Waiver and Release from Liability Form, which is part of the Family Information Form.
- In cases that are apparently serious, the school will make an effort to carry out parent instructions on the Emergency Card on file.
- Parents are expected to make provisions for taking sick children home. The school does not have facilities to care for children who are ill.
Student Medication Form
This form is required for all students needing prescription medication during the school day. Note that the school is not obligated to store or administer medication for students. The physician prescribing the medication must sign this form. The form is available from the school office. Unless there are instructions to the contrary on a child’s Emergency Card, they may be given Tylenol upon request for minor aches and pains. Parents bear the responsibility of informing the school of chronic health conditions (asthma, allergies, seizures etc.) and of communicable diseases contracted by the children. Of particular concern are head lice, chicken pox, measles and conjunctivitis.
Head lice cases are relatively common and a nuisance, though not a health hazard. SJRS has a No Lice & No Nits policy. Your child will have to go home should lice or nits be discovered in his/her hair. Since transmission among a group of children occurs quite easily, it is imperative that you notify the school immediately should you discover lice or nits. Upon receiving this information, the school office will send home a Head Lice Notification form to the parents of all children in your child’s grade. This form requests that parents check their children’s head and sign and return the form to the school the next day. Participation of all parents is necessary and expected. The school will follow up with a head-check of the entire grade and siblings of those in the grade.
Fire drills are held monthly, and drills for lockdown and earthquakes are held twice a year. SJRS faculty and staff are trained in first aid procedures and knowledgeable about the school’s Comprehensive Emergency Plan:
Staying Connected to the School
- We have contracted with an emergency broadcast system called AlertNow, which can send voice, text and/or email messages to our contacts.
- To the extent possible, updates will also be posted on the homepage of the school website, www.sjrs.org.
- Both campuses are equipped with trauma kits and emergency supplies.
- Most faculty and staff are First Aid certified; all employees are offered a free First Aid course each year to stay current on their certification.
- Teams of adults on both campuses are trained to quickly assess the stability of our buildings. These teams will evacuate students and adults out of compromised buildings/areas as soon as they can do so safely.
- Unless the building is compromised or other hazards make the immediate surroundings unsafe, in most situations students and adults will shelter in place.
- Faculty and staff will stay with your children until they are picked up by you or an authorized adult named on your emergency form. Please keep your student’s Family Information Form up-to-date at all times.
How You Can Be Prepared
- Keep your child’s Family Information Form up-to-date.
- Read your Parent Student Handbook for additional health and safety information.
- Talk to your child about the importance of taking fire/earthquake/ lockdown drills seriously.
- Talk to your child about your family’s emergency plan.
Fire Alarm Policy
- Students are advised of the serious nature of any action which violates the proper use of fire alarms.
- Students who set off a fire alarm either intentionally or unintentionally will be held accountable for their actions. Unless the alarm has been activated for an emergency, setting off the fire alarm is cause for disciplinary suspension.
We are committed to creating a safe environment for students during drop-off and pick-up, and to being good neighbors by partnering with our parents as well as nearby schools to keep the flow of traffic running smoothly.
Morning Care Drop-Off
Monday – Friday, 7:00 – 7:30 a.m.
Front Entrance of the School
Early Childhood Morning Drop-Off
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m.
Monday-Friday, 7:30 – 7:50 a.m.
Parking lot in rear of school, please proceed as far up the lot to allow for multiple cars to enter parking lot
Early Childhood Program Afternoon Dismissal
- Monday-Thursday, 2:30 p.m.
- Midday Dismissal, 11:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday, 2:45 p.m.
Parking lot in rear of school
After School Program(s)
Weekdays, 4 p.m.
Saint Joseph Regional School is committed to creating a safe environment for students at all times, particularly during drop-off and pick-up. We are committed to partnering with our parents, neighbors and nearby schools to keep the flow of traffic running smoothly.
- Drop-off is a single-lane queue. The queue is in the back parking lot of the school.
- The queue is designed to keep things moving smoothly. Please pull all the way forward. Do not attempt to double-park. Drivers should not get out of their cars for any reason.
- Pick-up uses a multiple-lane queue in the back parking lot of the school.
- The queue is designed to keep things moving smoothly. Please pull all the way forward. Do not attempt to start a new row of traffic until the previous row is completely filled.
- Students are dismissed promptly at 2:45 p.m. and are to immediately find their car.
- Each row of cars is dismissed at the discretion of the designated school monitor (usually the Principal).
A Dozen Ways You Could Disrupt the Flow of Traffic
- Walking down school driveway toward back parking lot
- Allowing students to exit a vehicle in a non-designated area
- Parking in driveways, bus zones and red zones
- Parking in the yellow zone during posted hours
- Blocking an intersection
- Dropping-off or picking-up passengers in a driveway or traffic lane
- Horn honking, except as a warning of imminent danger
- Use of cell phones or texting
- Picking-up or dropping-off on in the front parking lot except during morning and after school care
- Parents exiting the vehicle and not re-entering them in a timely manner
Guidelines for Parent Supervision
Field trips are curricular extensions during which teachers and a small group of parental assistants supervise and guide a group of students upon arrival at their destination. It is imperative that parents keep assigned students within visual supervision at all times. Stay with your group. Because supervisory responsibilities require full adult attention, parents are asked not to bring younger siblings with them on field trips.
Always stay with your assigned students until you reconnect them with their teacher(s).
Buses: When traveling to a location that is not within walking distance, students are transported by bus. When room is available, parents may be asked to ride on the bus with the students; at other times parents may need to drive and meet the class at the field trip destination.
Field Trip Responsibilities
Parents accompanying students on field trips share responsibility for student safety and education. Parents are reminded that they have direct responsibility for the group of students assigned to them, and should focus all their attention on their group. Adult interaction is more appropriately left for another occasion and should never distract attention from the students. Teachers will take roll before the bus leaves the school and again before the bus leaves the site of the trip.
Child Custody Agreements
For our school records, and to assure that parents’ rights as well as those of the child are respected, the school requires a certified copy of any court order that states legal custodianship of the child. The parent with physical custody of the child receives all correspondence and reports concerning the child. The child’s other parent may request that same information. If there are any circumstances likely to affect the child, parents should notify the Principal immediately.
Suspected Child Abuse
N.J.S.A. 9:6-8.10 and 18A:36-25 and Department of Education regulations N.J.A.C. 6A:16-11 requires teachers, administrators and any employee of any public or private school to report all suspected incidences of child abuse or neglect by a parent or caregiver to the Division of Youth and Family Services immediately. After reporting to DYFS, any school district employee, volunteer or intern must inform the principal or other designated school official so that law enforcement authorities can be notified.
Child abuse includes: physical abuse (hitting or spanking), physical neglect, sexual abuse and emotional maltreatment (verbal assaults, continued threats, humiliating remarks).
You can obtain additional information on this topic by visiting the State of New Jersey website.