Health Services

COVID Information Links.pdf

Health Services Contact Information

School Nurse
Eileen Smith, RN

smithe@nvnet.org
201-767-7224 ext. 55130

COVID-19 Information Hub:

https://covid19.nj.gov/

COVID Information Links.pdf

Health Office Information 8-17-20.pdf

Regional Programs Health Office Guidelines:

Face Coverings

  • All students are required to wear face coverings to the best of their ability. In an effort to promote the safest environment possible, face coverings should be a minimum of 2 layers and cover mouth and nose without a valve. Gaiters are not recommended, as data regarding their efficacy is inconclusive. Face shields are permitted, but should be worn with face covering.

Daily Health Screening

  • Daily health/exposure screenings and temperature assessment should be completed at home by parents prior to leaving the home.
  • We will no longer require the submission of an online Daily Covid screen, however, criteria for keeping your child home from school remain the same:
    • If your child is experiencing fever, diarrhea, vomiting they should not come to school until 24 hours symptom free.
    • If your child is experiencing 2 or more symptoms (Temperature of 100 degrees or higher within the last 24 hours, Chills/Rigors(shivers), Myalgia (muscle aches), Headache, Sore throat, Nausea/Vomiting Diarrhea within the last 24 hours, Fatigue, Congestion or Runny Nose), your child will need to be cleared by a health care provider and tested for Covid 19.
    • If your child is experiencing cough, shortness of breath or new loss of taste or smell, your child will need to be cleared by a health care provider and tested for Covid 19.
  • Return to School Clearance Student Form.pdf - this form must be completed by your child's physician in order for your child to return to school.

Absences  

  • Please call the main number 201-767-7224, ext 4 or email smithe@nvnet.org
  • Indicate the reason for absence, whether it is illness related/Covid exposure/another reason.
  • Due to the current pandemic illness related information is necessary to monitor communicable illness trends.
  • "Our school conducts a mandatory Absence Verification Program designed to monitor student’s attendance and ensure safety. In the event your child’s absence or late arrival has not been reported to the absence verification program answering machine (767-7224 ext. 4), we will call the numbers you have provided to verify the absence. If we are unable to contact you at the numbers provided to us, the local Police will be contacted to check the home."

Response to student presenting with symptoms

            We will use the DOH Covid-19 Exclusion Table, see page 13

https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/RecommendationsForLocalHealthDepts_K12Schools.pdf

Emergency Contacts

  • Please indicate most current contact numbers and preferred contact individuals.

Bus Transportation

  • Please do not give your child anything to eat or drink on the bus.  Eating and/or drinking in a moving vehicle can result in accidental choking as well as exposing children to potential allergens resulting in a potential for allergic reaction on the bus.  If your child was not able to eat breakfast before school, simply pack a light breakfast in your child’s backpack and call the school to let us know that your child needs to eat upon arrival.

MD notes

  • Required for return to school after symptoms of illness or for confirmation of non contagious state of health
  • For clearance to participate in activities after injury or procedure

Immunizations

  • Pre-K, mandatory flu shot prior to Dec break, for children up to 59 months/ 4 yrs and 11/12ths
  • Age appropriate Kindergarten (5 years): need dTap/polio/MMR
  • Age appropriate 6th grade: Tdap, MCV (age 11-12)

Medication Administration:

  • Orders needed from MD
  • Permission form needed from parent/guardian
  • Medication must be supplied in the original bottle with a label from the pharmacy. Prescription label must match the doctor's prescription. Additionally, please send in any other items for administration (yogurt, apple sauce, respiratory supplies, etc.)
  • Please do not send in any medication/supplements mixed in food or beverages
  • Please alert the Health Office of many medication changes or health changes.

Annual Health Screenings (At this time annual screenings will be delayed due to Coronavirus Pandemic safety concerns)

  • Height, weight, blood pressure completed annually
  • Vision and hearing are completed per the guidelines for the child’s grade/age.  Notifications will be sent home if referral is needed.
  • Scoliosis screening is completed biannually for students’ aged 10-18. Notifications will be sent home if a referral is needed.

Footwear

  • Rubber-soled, non-skid closed-toe footwear is safest for our environment.
  • Please no flip-flops, open-toed sandals or crocs.

We demonstrate and reinforce proper hand washing practices, “covering your cough”, and nose blowing/wiping techniques with your children. It is most helpful if you reinforce these behaviors at home.

Reasons to keep your child home from school:
Vomiting within the last 24 hours
Diarrhea within the last 24 hours
Temperature of 100 degrees or higher within the last 24 hours
Strep is suspected--results of throat culture have not been received
Positive throat culture for strep, child may not return to school sooner than 24 hours after start of antibiotic
Any symptom of acute illness such as persistent cough and/or runny nose and body aches.

Sending students home from school:
Per our Medical Director, students should be excluded from school with a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  We utilize either a tympanic or touch free thermometer for best accuracy, but may call you if other symptoms are present.

Students should remain at home until symptom free for 24 hours without medication and resumption of normal activities.
          
Health Survey:
Please see attached form to be completed by parents
Bergen County Region III Medical Form to be completed medical doctor.

Seizures:

Seizure Action Plan to be completed by physician for students with seizures
Seizure Questionnaire for a Parent of a Student with Seizures


  • NJ Familycare Health Coverage:

Department of Education regulations at N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.2(i) require school districts 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, you may go to: http://www.njfamilycare.org/

  • Immunization Requirement Fact Sheet:

School immunization laws are one of the most effective tools for preventing outbreaks of contagious diseases in schools and communities. All 50 states have school immunization requirements. Administrators of all New Jersey public and private schools, including childcare, preschool, Head Start, and K-12, are responsible for ensuring that all students are in compliance with N.J.A.C.8:57-4, Immunization of Pupils in School regulations. 

Information is available at: http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/imm_requirements/

Additional information about vaccinations and schedules may be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/default.htm

  • Influenza Vaccine Requirements:

New Jersey requires all children six months through 59 months of age attending any licensed child care or center or preschool facility annually receive at least one dose of influenza vaccine between September 1 and December 31 of each year. Children who are vaccinated with the 2012-2013 seasonal influenza vaccine prior to September 1 are considered in compliance with the regulation. There is no grace period for unvaccinated children. Students who have not received the influenza vaccine by December 31st must be excluded from the child care/preschool facility for the duration of influenza season (through March 31st), until they receive at least one dose of the influenza vaccine, or until they turn 60 months of age.

An Immunization Requirements FAQs at is available at: http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/vaccine_qa.pdf

  • Meningococcal

http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/documents/faq/meningococcal_faq.pdf

  • Bergen County Department of Health Services

http://www.co.bergen.nj.us/Index.aspx?NID=280

  • NJ Parent Link

http://www.aapnj.org

  • HPV Vaccine: Information for Parents – New Jersey

http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/hpv_brochure.pdf

  • Concussion Fact Sheet

http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/index.html

  •  Sports Related Eye Injury

http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/SportsRelatedEyeInjury.pdf

  •  Sudden Cardiac Arrest Eye Injury

http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/services/cardiac.pdf

  •  Does your child suffer from frequent nosebleeds?

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/ear-nose-throat/Pages/Chronic-Nosebleeds-What-To-Do.aspx