Stay Healthy!!!!


    Weekly Update as of 9/24/2020 
    I'm happy to tell you that so far we had no communicable illnesses in our school community. Office visits consist of little bumps and scratches, headaches, stomach aches, and sore throats. This is great but don't let down your guard
    • Provide well fitting masks to your child (no masks with valves or gaiters), put extra maks in the child's book bag. 
    • Consider to get the flu shot for the whole family. Pre-K children (59 months and younger) are required by law to receive the flu shot in order to be enrolled in the program. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm
    • Make sure your child is up-to-date with all immunizations
    • Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission is the agency that provides public health nursing services to the borough of Hillsdale. Their phone number is 201-445-7217
    • Rapid COVID-19 Testing - https://pmpediatrics.com/directory/

    Daily Student/Staff Questionnaire: Please remember to complete the mandatory questionnaire every morning BEFORE your child leaves for school or staff member leaves for work. It must be electronically submitted through the RealTime portal. If RealTime is down, please complete the hard copy and send it to school with your child. On 9/9/2020, 5 hard copies of the questionnaire will be sent home with each student for this purpose. Only one questionnaire per student or staff member per day is to be completed. For students who reside with more than one parent, the parent who is with the student that morning should be the one to complete it.

    If you answer “yes” to any symptoms, please do not send your child to school or go to work, if staff member. Consult your health care  provider for further guidance.

    If you answer “yes” to one or both of the two travel questions, please email me immediately providing the state or country to which you traveled and the date you returned to NJ.  My email address is mcudina@hillsdaleschools.com. It is critically important to you remain aware of the NJ State Quarantine List if traveling within the US or to a US territory as well as the International Quarantine List if traveling outside of the US. The links are:

     States and  Territories on NJ Quarantine List:


    International Quarantine List: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html#travel-1



    Wash those hands,
    Cover your sneezes and coughs!
     Remember to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, refrain from touching your face, cover your coughs, stay home when sick, and follow social distancing recommendations! 

    Kindergarten and New Students: All physical examination forms and immunization records are due NOW. This requirement applies to ALL students (hybrid option learners And all-remote option learners). These forms should be mailed, dropped of, or sent to school with your chld to the attention of Madeleine Cudina, School Nurse. I sincerely appreciate your anticipated compliance with this important state requirement.
    Students with Life-Threatening Allergies: If your child has a life threatening allergy and requires access to an epinephrine auto-injcetor during the school day, please download the forms from the Health Office website and submit them NOW. Additionally, all medication listed in the plan must be provided to the Health Office. Please note, only medication in the original box with the pharmacy label can be accepted.
    Students with Asthma or other Health Problems: If your child has Asthma and needs treatments in school, print out the Asthma forms from the Health Office website, have them filled out by your child's physician, signed by and returned to the Health Office with the appropriate mediactions. Please note that due to the Covid 19 pandemic there will be no nebulizer treatments only inhalers. All other health problems also need a medical prescription by your medical provider. This is true for all medications, including "over the counter medications"
    Please feel free to reach out to me via email/phone for any questions, concerns, or assistance. 

                        Seasonal Flu Information
    All pre-school students under the age of 59 months are required to receive a Flu vaccine by December 20th in order to continue attending pre-school this school year.
    It is recommended that all children receive the Influenza vaccine every year.

    New students, Kindergarten, and 3rd Grade Students
    Please remember to submit all physicals and immunization forms per district policy. For Kindergarten and new students, a physical examination is required.  For 3rd grade students, a physical examination is strongly recommended.   Please keep this in mind as you schedule your child's medical appointments.

    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. 


    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.
    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.