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


Dear Glen Rock Families, 


As we welcome students back to school, we need to make sure we are taking every precaution to keep our students and faculty safe. As part of these precautions, all schools in the district will be using a Daily COVID Questionnaire.

This form is located in the Forms section of the Genesis Parent Portal. Please note that this form will be utilized in place of the app that was planned originally. One questionnaire must be filled out per student each morning they are scheduled to learn in the school building.

Fully virtual students do not have to fill out this form, unless they are participating in sports.* The questionnaire must be filled out the morning of school, prior to entering the building, and not the night before school, by a parent/guardian. Each morning, our nurses will be running a questionnaire completion report for every student in the district. If you did not complete and submit the daily questionnaire, the following protocols have been adopted:
1. The child will be removed from the classroom
2. The child will report to the Nurse’s office
3. The Nurse will complete a temperature check
4. You will be called and required to complete the questionnaire via Genesis.

Parents are advised that repeated failure to complete the daily questionnaire may result in the parent reporting to the school to either pick up your child or complete a paper questionnaire.

Students with chronic illnesses such as allergies and asthma must provide medical documentation for their health records. We need to know if your child is sick with new symptoms that could possibly be COVID-19. Please only check off symptoms if they are new to your child or your child will not be cleared to come to school. Students who have a fever, diarrhea or vomiting must stay home, even if this is the only symptom. Students may return to school after 24 hours fever, diarrhea or vomiting free without the use of medications. Students who have two symptoms (including or not including fever, diarrhea or vomiting) must stay home. If a student has 2 or more illness symptoms medical clearance is necessary for the return to school. Please contact your medical provider. Students should also be able to participate in school with no other signs of illness or behavioral changes.

Please see the instructions for accessing the COVID Symptom Check questionnaire in the Genesis Parent Portal. 


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.


Information and Resources on Coronavirus

https://www.nj.gov/education
https://covid19.nj.gov/

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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