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    Happy and Healthy New Year!
    JANUARY UPDATE:
     
    Class Parties: Please remember ALL treats need to be peanut/tree nut free and cannot be from a facility that processes peanut or tree nut items.
    All foods must come to health office for approval.
    Thank you for your cooperation.
    As per our Board approved Food Allergy Guidelines any goody bags must contain non-edible items.
     
     
    Week ending January 18,2019
     
    More absences this week reported due to high fever, sore throats, stomach virus (diarrhea and vomiting), and cold symptoms.
    One reported case of the flu.
     
     
    ***As flu season is upon us please let the nurse know if your child has confirmed flu diagnosis from their pediatrician. Students may return to school when fever free for 24 hours without medication and feels up to being in school.***
     
    Please use good judgement in keeping your child home if they don't feel well. Runny noses, persistant, constant coughs, and watery itchy eyes may contain germs that spread quickly in a classroom setting.
    ***Please view Sick Day Guidelines***
     
    Student absences should be called in to the attendance line. Please leave the reason for absence, and any confirmed diagnosis if there is one from a doctor. If your child is seen by a doctor, please send in documentation from the physician.
     

    Give Kids a Smile Program 

    Every February, dentists throughout New Jersey offer free dental care for children ages 12 and younger.  In 2019, Give Kids a Smile Day is Friday, February 1st.  There are over 100 participating dental offices available for parents to schedule an appointment at a location of their choice.  Please see flyer in this week's Friday Folder for further information.

    Pediculosis (Head Lice)

    In our ongoing efforts to minimize the spread of pediculosis (head lice), please be vigilant about checking your child's scalp on a regular basis.  It is critical to remember that treatment should only be performed if active head lice and/or nits are found and treatment should not be applied as a preventative measure.  As always, with contagious issues, it is imperative that you notify me if you find active head lice and/or nits in your child's scalp.  Adhering to this practice promotes my ability to minimize the spread by screening others who may have been exposed as well notifying our parent community.  All information is kept in strictest confidence.  Please see this link for evidence-based information concerning its management.  There is additional information under the  "Pediculosis (Head Lice) Management" tab on this website. 

    https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/index.html  

     
     
      
    Please be reminded that NO OTC medication including, Tylenol, Motrin, cough medicine, etc. can be given without permission forms being on file in the health office. These forms need to be signed and dated for the current 2018-2019 school year, by the physician and parent. Forms can be found on the left side of the health office website.
     
     
    Please report any physician confirmed infectious diseases to the nurse.
    Cases of lice should be reported to the nurse, even if it is found and treated over a weekend/break.
    Please notify the health office if your child has any communicable illness/issue (strep throat, respiratory infections, gastrointestinal infections, pink eye, flu, etc).Please be advised that students must be fever-free without taking fever-reducing medications for 24 hours before returning to school.
      
     ***Seasonal Flu Information***
    All pre-school students under the age of 59 months are required to receive a Flu
    vaccine by December 21st in order to continue attending pre-school this school year.
    It is recommended that all children receive the Influenza vaccine every year. 
     
     
    Please click on the link below for information from the CDC regarding the 2018-19 Influenza season.
    CDC- Influenza
     
    A great resource for health, including programs for youth and families can be found at:
    www.BergenResourcenet.org
       
     
     If you did not receive a letter then your child passed the hearing and vision screenings. Referrals will be sent home via letters from the health office. Because childrens' vision and hearing can change at any time, if you suspect changes at home and would like them to be screened again during the school year, please let Ms. Reineke know and she will screen them in her office.
     
     
    Lunch Applications
    If you applied for free/reduced lunch, you must log into the parent portal to check the status of the application.
    No letters will be sent home this year.