School Nurse Guidance for COVID-19
Tips for stopping the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
WASH YOUR HANDS FOR AT LEAST 20 SECONDS OR USE HAND SANITIZER AFTER EATING, USING THE RESTROOM, COUGHING, SNEEZING, OR TOUCHING YOUR FACE.
COVER YOUR COUGHS AND SNEEZES WITH A TISSUE OR YOUR SLEEVE. THROW AWAY THE TISSUE AND THEN PROPERLY SANITIZE YOUR HANDS.
DISCOURAGE TOUCHING YOUR FACE, SHARTING DRINKS, FOOD, OR FACIAL PRODUCTS.
DISCOURAGE HANDSHAKING, HIGH-FIVES, AND OTHER FORMS OF CLOSE CONTACT.
IF YOU ARE SICK STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL, WORK, OR OTHER GATHERINGS.
YOU SHOULD BE FEVER FREE FOR 24 HOURS WITHOUT MEDICATION BEFORE RETURNING TO WORK OR SCHOOL.
IF YOU DEVELOP SYMPTOMS OF A FEVER (100.4 degrees or greater), A COUGH OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH PLEASE CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER BEFORE GOING IN TO THEIR OFFICE. THIS WILL HELP TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF VIRUSES.
CLEAN HIGH TOUCH SURFACES (e.g., door handles, faucets, and light switches) DAILY.
I AM AVAILABLE VIA EMAIL WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS DURING THIS PANDEMIC.
STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY!
Mrs. Kristin Pacelli RN, BSN, CSN
A. S. Faust School
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Kristin Pacelli and I am pleased to be the new School Nurse here at A. S. Faust School. I look forward to working with such wonderful students, parents/guardians, staff and administration.
My role as the school nurse here at Faust School is to provide health and nursing services for the students that attend the Preschool as well as those in Grades 5-8. The goal of the Nurse's Office is to support the educational process by promoting optimum wellness and working closely with parents/guardians, teachers, and administrator; assess and elevate the health needs of students; and to accomadate students with specific health concerns according to the National Association of School Nurses.
Please feel free to reach me at 201-804-3100 ext 3005 with any questions/concerns you may have.
Welcome to Faust School
It is so important for the school to know of any changes in your child's emergency or health information. Please notify the nurse by correspondence or telephone with regards to changes in your child's emergency information, emergency contacts, parent/guardian's telephone contact information, health information or medical regime so that we can adequately provide assistance to your child.
WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME WITH ILLNESS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR
Sometimes it can be difficult for a parent to decide whether to send children to school when they wake up with early symptoms of an illness or complaints that they do not feel well. In general, during cold and flu season, unless your child is significantly ill, the best place for them is in school. Remind and show your children to discard used tissues promptly, not to share personal items, to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, to keep their hands away from their face, and to wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and warm water. However, there are some situations in which it is best to plan on keeping your child home for a day to rest or to arrange for an appointment with your health care provider.
Our District Policy/Procedure if you child has:
- Fever greater than 100° orally, including a fever that requires control with medication, like Tylenol. CHILD MUST REMAIN HOME UNTIL FEVER FREE FOR 24 HOURS WITHOUT ANY FEVER REDUCING MEDICATIONS.
- Child is too sleepy or ill from an illness, like vomiting and/or diarrhea, to profit from sitting in class all day. CHILD MUST REMAIN HOME UNTIL 24 HOURS VOMIT AND DIARRHEA FREE.
- Significant cough that makes a child feel uncomfortable or disrupts the class (ADVISE TO STAY HOME AND FOLLOW UP WITH YOUR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER).
- Sore throat accompanied by fever and/or feeling ill, that persists longer than 48 hours, OR after known exposure to a confirmed case of Streptococcal throat infection or other known infections. Please note that if you child has a confirmed care of Strep Throat, he/she much take antibotics for 24 hours before returning to school. A doctor's note should accompany your child upon return.
- Honey-crusted sores around he nose or mouth or rash on other body parts that might be impetigo; OR a rash in various stages including boils, sores, hives and bumps that may be chicken pox; OR a significant rash accompanied by other symptoms of illness such as fever. A doctors note is required upon return stating that your child may return to school, diagnosis of the rash and must specify if your child is not contagious.
- Red eyes, severe cold symptoms and runny nose that distract the child from learning. (SUSPECTING "PINK EYE" IF YOUR CHILD'S EYE IS RED AND/OR DISCHARGE NOTED. A DOCTOR'S NOTE IS REQUIRED UPON RETURN)
- Discolored nasal discharge, continuous runny nose especially if accompanied by facial pain, fever or headache.
- Ear pain or drainage from the ear.
- Severe headache, especially if accompanied by fever.
If your child becomes ill at school and the teacher or school nurse feels that the child is too sick to benefit from school or may be contagious to other children, you will be called to come and take him/her home from school. It is essential that the main office has a current phone number where you can be contacted during the day and an emergency number in the event you cannot be reached. Please make sure that arrangements can be made to transport your child home from school and that childcare is available in case of illness.
Finally, if you know your child is still running a fever, it is not a good idea to simply given them Tylenol (or any other fever reducing medications) and send them to school because as soon as the medicine wears off, you will get that dreaded call from the school nurse to leave work and come to pick up your feverish child. It is better to let them stay home in bed with a fever and take their medications at home until they are off all medicines and ready to learn for a full day in the classrooms. If you find a pattern of your child asking to stay home from school, especially if they are falling behind or appear anxious by the throught of attending school, or if there does not appear to be any obvious physical symptoms, it may be a good idea to contact the school nurse, teacher and/or your health care provider to discuss your concerns.
Remember, whenever you keep your child home from school, please call the main office in advance prior to the start of the school day and leave a message that your child will be absent.
***If you child is absent for more than 3 days, a doctor's note is required upton return to school***
Immunizations and Well Child Care
- Every 4th Wednesday of the month
- Time: 5pm to 7pm
- Free for uninsured and New Jersey Family Care A
- Garfield Health Department
- 60 Elizabeth Street Garfield NJ 07026
CALL TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT AT 551-996-2038
East Rutherford Health Department Vaccines Program for Teens and Adults
- Free for uninsured & New Jersey Family Care A
- Wednesday's 5pm to 7pm
- Garfield Health Center
CALL TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT AT 973-340-3340
Goals for School Health Program
- Promote an atmosphere for overall wellness for student and staff
- Assessment and follow-up of acute and chronic health issues
- General medication administration
- Immunization tracking
- Communicable Disease Management for the school
- Crisis Management such as an injury
- Education for staff regarding student health issues as needed
- Coordination and collaboration with parents, community health providers and staff members
- Help to secure a safe environment
- Comply with rules and regulations of the State of New Jersey
- Adhere to policies of the East Rutherford School District and NJ Department of Education