Mary Renz MSN,CSN,RN
P: (973) 226-0505 X 208
F: (973) 226-0451
Dear Essex Fells Families,
Welcome Back! For those of you who do not know me, my name is Mary Renz. I am honored to have the opportunity to care for your child/children this school year as the School Nurse, as well as the K- 3rd Grade Health Teacher! I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Fairfield University and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Rutgers University. After years of hospital based and research based nursing, I returned to school and received a postgraduate Instructional School Nursing Certification from Caldwell College and Rutgers University. I have been practicing as a School Nurse for 16 years in both the public and private sector and have truly found a job that I love! In addition to caring for the children, I look forward to meeting the youngest learners in the classroom for health lessons. Our year will be packed with information about how to be "healthy" and care for our bodies.
Returning to school this year will be much more focused on student health and safety. I will work collaboratively with each family to ensure that the children remain healthy. It is a partnership. I will ask that families adhere to the updated health policies regarding quarantine, isolation and screening your child for symptoms of, or exposure to COVID-19, avoiding travel to parts of the country that are high risk, keeping your child home when there is suspicion of any illness and notifying me immediately of any illness to reduce further spread within the school. In conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatrics' request to encourage families to resume well-visits for their children and adhere to the NJ-DOE/DOH immunization requirements for school children, I will also ask that you submit a well-visit physical examination with updated immunization record for your child this year. Encouraging well check-ups and up to date immunizations will facilitate a healthy school community! We encourage families to be vigilant about providing contact information with local contacts, who would be able to pick up your child should they become ill, within 30 minutes of the initial call. While this has always been a school policy, it will be especially important this year to prevent transmission of illness to students and staff.
In addition to providing nursing care and teaching, I will conduct health screenings for each student that will include, your child's height, weight, vision, hearing, blood pressure and scoliosis. Should I find results that require your physician's follow-up, I will notify you.
In a research article entitled Health and Academic Achievement, the CDC states that "Healthy students are better on all levels of academic achievement: academic performance, education behavior, and cognitive skills and attitudes." I am committed to fostering healthy children so that they can perform to their best academic ability. Together we will partner to maintain a healthy community at Essex Fells School!
Mary Renz, MSN, RN, CSN
Essex Fells School Nurse
973-226-0505 ext. 208