Welcome to the Meadowbrook School Health Office***New Kindergartners and Pre-K, please scroll down for guidance***Current cases of illness in the building:Lice __0__Stomach illness __6___Strep ___0____COVID ___0____Influenza ___0___Parents, please keep your child home if they are sick.Children should be kept home for symptoms that include fever, diarrhea, or vomiting. This will help reduce the spread. If this occurs during the school day, I will call you to pick them up.
Dear Parents, If your child visits me in the Health Office for a minor occurrence, I will assess and treat them accordingly. (Clean up, Band aid, Ice etc). If the incident is minor, I may not be contacting you.*Be assured, if the occurrence requires your immediate attention and/or follow-up, I will call you or the contact numbers until I reach someone.***Please be aware that we are a Nut Safe school.***Snacks in the classroom must be NUT FREE, and must be contained with a label.However, this guidance allows for peanut and tree nut products to be sent in and consumed for students' lunch, served ONLY in the lunch room.For students that have food allergies, there will be a "Nut free table" option offered in the lunch room.Please see the form belowTIPS FOR CHOOSING A SAFE PEANUT/NUT FREE FOOD
- 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 medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
READ THE LABEL AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE
- Please do not send a classroom snack if the ingredients list: Peanuts and peanut oil, or Nuts and nut oil.
- Classroom Snacks with statements such as, "May contain traces of peanut or treenut..,” or “Made in equipment/facility that manufactures or processes peanuts and treenuts…," are NOT considered safe foods in the classroom. These will NOT be permitted and will be sent home.
Here are some general Helpful tips:
- Homemade or prepared foods are not allowed in the classrooms due to the risk of cross-contamination from nut-containing products.
- Only prepackaged foods are considered safe; foods from bins may be contaminated by residue from what food was in the bin prior to the current food.
- Do not assume a product you have previously purchased is always safe, since manufacturers change ingredients and equipment used regularly.
Questions or concerns are always welcomed!Important Pre-K RequirementsThe New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) mandates that all children 6 through 59 months of age attending pre-kindergarten (Pre-School) receive at least one dose of influenza (flu) vaccine between September 1 and December 31 of each year (N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.19).
- *Allergy medication should be sent in prior to the start of the school year, if indicated.
- Please be mindful when packing snacks and lunches. (See above)
- Please label all belongings (water bottles, coats, extra clothes, backpack etc.)
- Pack a change of clothes~undies & socks too! (Messes happen), leave in a backpack. I have a very limited supply of clean clothes (Donations are welcomed).
- Apply sunscreen/send a hat if weather warrants
- Send labeled, refillable water bottles, try to avoid disposable bottles, as they get crushed and become fun to toss around.There is a filtered water dispenser outside of the Health Office for refills.
Kindergartners~Upon Enrollment (3 required forms)
- If your child received the influenza vaccine after September 1st, 2022, he or she will be considered compliant as long as the vaccine is for the current flu season.
- Students who fail to be vaccinated by December 31st, 2023, will be excluded from school for the duration of the influenza season (through March 31st, 2023) or until they receive at least one dose of the flu vaccine or until they turn 60 months of age (5 years old)
- 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
The three above required forms apply to ALL newly enrolled students (Kindergartners, Pre-K, and Transfers).These completed and signed forms can be emailed/mailed, dropped off, or sent to school with your child to the attention of:Mrs. Danielle Davila, BSN, RNSchool Nurseddavila@hillsdaleschools.comI sincerely appreciate your anticipated compliance with this important state requirement.
- Physical examination (not older than 365 days from the first day of school)
- Updated Immunization records (Request from doctors office)
- Health Questionnaire (Parent or Guardian fills out and signs)
Students with Life-Threatening Allergies: If your child has a life-threatening allergy and requires access to an Epinephrine auto-injector 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 that 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 treatment in school, print out the Asthma Treatment Plan found on the Health Office website, (Medical Forms) and have them filled out by your child's physician, signed by you and returned to the Health Office with the appropriate medications. 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:201-358-4781 firstname.lastname@example.orgIf you are Positive or exhibiting COVID like symptoms, or have been exposed to a COVID Positive individual, please inform Nurse Davila by email or call directly. This information is kept confidential.COVID related (Hillsdale District) Quarantine guidelines are as follows:(Guidance from the NJ Dept of Health, as of 9/2/2022)If a person is exposed to a COVID positive individual, quarantine is no longer recommended. Regardless of vaccination status. As long as the exposed person remains asymptomatic, they may return to school. NJDOH continues to recommend masking for 10 days after exposure; we ask that, upon returning to school, they wear a mask for the following 10 days. We appreciate your compliance and understanding in our efforts to minimize the spread of illness among our students and staff. Rapid COVID-19 Testing - https://pmpediatrics.com/directory
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!
.**Attention PRE-SCHOOL students**
All pre-school students under the age of 59 months are required to receive a Flu vaccine by December 20, 2023 to continue attending pre-school in the spring.
It is recommended that all children receive the Influenza vaccine every year.
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 as notifying our parents' community. All information is kept in the 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 who 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.Thank you for your cooperationDanielle Davila, BSN, RNSchool Nurse