Student Health Services

Ellen Kissane Rosenberg, BSN, RN, CSN
School Nurse

Central School
600 South Maple Avenue
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
Phone: 201-445-7700 Ext: 5032   Fax: 201-389-5030


Health Office Mission Statement and Objectives

HEALTH SERVICES PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT:

"You cannot educate a child who is not healthy, and you cannot keep a child healthy who is not educated."  This statement by the former US Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders, MD, clearly illustrates the very essence of the school nurse's mission.  Wellness does not just matter - it is critical.  It is critical not just for the student, but for teachers and staff as well.  School health awareness emphasizes the interaction of health and wellness with education and learning.  Our goal is to enable academic, social, physical, and emotional success by stressing prevention of disease and promotion of health and safety through individual counseling, education, and service.


Guidelines for Keeping a Sick Child at Home

Should I keep my child home or send him or her to school?

Consider keeping your child home if he or she:

  • Has a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher
  • Has been vomiting
  • Has symptoms that prevent him or her from participating in school, such as:
    • Excessive tiredness or lack of appetite
    • Productive coughing, sneezing
    • Headache, body aches, earache
    • Sore throat

A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat even if there is no fever. Other symptoms of strep throat in children are headache and stomach upset. Contact your pediatrician as your child needs a special test to determine if it is strep throat. Keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone for 24 hours without the use of medications.

Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and expose others unnecessarily to illness.

Does my child have the flu?

The flu is serious! Call your pediatrician at the first sign of flu symptoms, which typically come on suddenly, including:

  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Headache, body aches, earache 
  • Nausea, vomitingDry cough

If you’re unsure about the best way to treat your child’s cold or flu, ask your school nurse, doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare providers.

How do I make my child feel better?

  • Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and put limits on TV watching
  • Encourage fluids; like water, soup, juice and ice
  • Help your child relax by reading him a story and giving him plenty of TLC
  • Consider using a cool humidifier
  • When used as directed, children’s cough and cold medicines help relieve cough and cold symptoms while your child is getting better. Read and follow the directions carefully and give the exact recommended dose for the child’s age. Do not use over the counter cough and cold medications for children under the age of four in the U.S.

How can I prevent my child from getting a cold?

  • Teach your child to wash his or her hands frequently using plenty of soap and warm water. Proper handwashing should take about 20 seconds or the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice
  • Teach your child to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their sleeve
  • Keep the child’s environment tobacco free
  • Try to minimize the time your child spends with other children who have cough or cold symptoms
  • Pack hand sanitizers in your child’s backpack to use when he or she is at school
  • Schedule an annual well child exam and follow changes in your child’s health
  • Keep all of your child’s immunizations up-to-date (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines now recommend a flu vaccine for most children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday)
  • Serve a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. Giving a daily vitamin may be recommended by your pediatrician
  • After your child is feeling better, clean all surfaces; wash the bedding and air out the room
  • Keep surfaces like door knobs, phones, remote controls, toys, and keyboards clean
  • Always make sure to consult your school nurse or doctor if you have any question  

 Adapted in part from NASN, 2011


Resources:

Injuries/Orthopedic Devices:

Parents need to notify the school nurse and provide a physician’s note if a child is on crutches, has a cast, in a wheelchair or is in a brace of any kind. The note should indicate that the student is not to participate in PE/Sports and has been trained in the use of crutches and the length of time before he/she can return to regular activity. Please Note: We do not accept notes from Physical Therapists or Chiropractors.

Concussion:

If a child suffers a concussion, a note from a doctor is required and a protocol for academics and PE/Sports will be followed. Accommodations will be made according to the physician’s orders or the school’s standing concussion guidelines if no guidelines are given by your health care provider.
https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/index.html
https://www.nj.gov/education/aps/cccs/chpe/concussions/fact.pdf

Tips on Student Illness during the Flu Season:

It's common sense that students learn better when they are healthy and well-rested. During flu season, in particular, keeping apprised of accurate information can help families develop good habits for keeping germs at bay.
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/family/flu-guide-for-parents-2018.pdf

Coxsackie Virus Information:
https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/documents/faq/hfmd_faq.pdf

Sports-Related Eye Injury Fact Sheet:
https://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/SportsRelatedEyeInjury.pdf

Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes Brochure:
https://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/services/cardiac.pdf

Opioid Use and Misuse Educational Fact Sheet:
https://www.nj.gov/education/students/safety/behavior/atd/opioid/FactSheet.pdf

Human Papillomavirus (HPV):
https://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/default.htm
https://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/HPV-FS-print.pdf

Meningitis:
https://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html
https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/downloads/17-275138A-MeningococcalDis-FS.pdf

Strep Throat:
https://www.cdc.gov/groupastrep/diseases-public/strep-throat.html

New Jersey Department of Health: Diseases & Health Topics:
https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/

NJ Tuberculosis Requirements:
https://www.state.nj.us/health/hivstdtb/documents/tb/Tuberculosis_Testing_NJ_Schools_Updated_2018.pdf

NJ Immunization Requirements for School:
Click here for pdf on Immunizations

General Guidelines for the Control of Outbreaks in School- Exclusion List:
Click here for pdf


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