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School Health Services

The goal of the Nursing Department is to advance the delivery of
professional school health services to promote optimal learning in students.

Screening Tool for COVID-19 for Parents and Employees

Section 1:  Symptoms

Any of the  symptoms below could indicate a COVID-19infecti on in children and may put your child at risk for spreading illness to others. Please note that this list does not include all possible symptoms and children with COVID-19 may experience any, all, or none of these symptoms. Please check you r child daily for these symptoms:

Table  A
Fever (measured or subjective)
Rigors (shivers)
Myalgia (muscle aches)
Sore Throat
Nausea or Vomiting
Congest ion or runny nose
Table B
Shortness of Breath
Difficulty Breathing
New loss of smell
New loss of taste
If TWO OR MORE of the fields In Table A are checked off OR AT LEAST ONE field in Table B
Is checked off please keep your child home and notify the school for further instructions.

Section 2:  Close Contact/Potential Exposure

Please verify if in the last 14 days:


Your child has traveled to an area with high levels of COVID-19 transmission in the past 14 days

Click ​Here ​for NJ Travel Advisory list (states currently on the restriction list)


Your child has had direct close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 cumulative minutes over a 24-hour period) with a person with confirmed COVID-19


Someone in your household is diagnosed with COVID-19


If ANY of the fields in Section 2 are checked off, you should contact your child’s school and prepare for your child to remain home for at least 14 days from the last date of exposure and/or negative COVID-19 test (if child is a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case) or date of return to New Jersey. Contact your child’s health care provider or your local health department for further guidance.

As always, if your child presents with a fever, vomiting, and/or diarrhea do not send the child to school until they are free from these symptoms for at least 24 hours.

Important Resources

Dental Lifeline Network formerly
New Jersey Foundation of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities (NJFDPD)
Donated Dental Services (DDS) is accepting applications for children who need comprehensive care and who can neither access care through private dentists due to lack of financial resources, nor through Medicaid or other insurance plans.  You can download an application for your area of the state on its website.   Click on Donated Dental Services, and then New Jersey.
For information in English and Spanish regarding Asthma, Asthma Treatment plans, triggers, medications, emergencies, asthma-friendly child care, and other topics, check out the website for The Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey.
Nutrition Nuggets-Food and Fitness for a Healthy Child is a publication of Resources for Educators and has nutritional information for the whole family.  Some topics include:  packing portable and healthy snacks for school and outings, creating more time in the morning for healthy breakfasts, recipes to make meals healthy, kid-friendly and fun.  Tips for having conversation-filled family meals, recipes for fruit smoothies, and exercise plans for children and their parents.  BMI (basal metabolic index) testing is a guide for parents to let you know if your youngster is at a healthy weight. 
Kids Eat Right is a source of scientifically-based health and nutrition information.
AtlantiCare is a partner with Atlantic County Special Services School District to promote healthy schools

Knowing When to Keep a Sick Child Home from School 

As a parent, there are undoubtedly times when you are unsure whether your child is well enough to go to school.  You need to weigh what he or she will miss and any disruptions of your plans for the day with your child’s diminished ability to learn and the potential for transmitting germs to others.  Here are a few simple guidelines to use for knowing when to keep your child home:
  • Temperature over 100.5 F
  • Vomiting that persists more than 1 day
  • Diarrhea that lasts more than 1 day with cramping
  • Blister-like lesions, especially if they develop a crusted sore
  • Coughing that is repeated and violent


Disease Meets Immunization Requirement
Age 1-6 years: 4 doses, with 1 dose given on or
after the 4th birthday, OR any 5 doses
Age 7-9 years: 3 doses of Td or any previously
administered combination of DTP, DTaP, and DT to
equal 3 doses
Grade 6 (or comparable age level for Special Education Programs):
1 dose
Age 1-6 years: 3 doses with 1 dose given on or
after the 4th birthday, OR any 4 doses
Age 7 or older: Any 3 doses
If born before 1-1-90, 1 dose of a live measle-containing vaccine
on or after the 1st birthday.
If born on or after 1-1-90, 2 doses of a live measles-containing
vaccine on or after the 1st birthday.
Rubella and Mumps
1 dose of live mumps-containing vaccine on or after the 1st
1 dose of live rubella-containing vaccine on or after the 1st
1 dose on or after the 1st birthday
Influenzae B (HIB)
Age 2-11 months: 2 doses
Age 12-59 months: 1 dose
Hepatitis B
K-grade 12: 3 doses or
Age 11-15 years: 2 doses
Age 2-11 months: 2 doses
Age 12-59 months: 1 dose
Entering grade 6 (or comparable age level for Special Education
Programs):1 dose
Ages 6-59 months: 1 dose annually
This information is provided to you by the
New Jersey Department of Health
Vaccine-Preventable Disease Program
or visit
New Jersey Vaccine-Preventable Disease Program


Medication Administration in School

In order for your child to receive medication at school, in accordance with school policy and New Jersey State regulations, we will need the following:
Clearly written, signed orders from your doctor or nurse practitioner stating the name of the medication, dose, method of administration, time to be given, etc.
Signature from parent/guardian giving permission to administer medication at school.
Current, pharmacy labeled bottle that has the student’s name, medication, dose, and times of administration.
Medication will be sent in to school and to home via bus driver in an envelope with your child’s name.
Remember to keep enough medication at home for weekends and holidays.  Ask the pharmacist to prepare two labeled bottles- one for home and one for school.
Orders from the doctor’s office may be faxed to the school.  We will forward orders home for parent signature.
This applies to all preparations, i.e. herbal, over the counter, creams, gels, etc.
Medications cannot be administered at school without adhering to all of the above.

Flu News

Flu symptoms are most commonly fever and cough. Other symptoms include:
  • Chills
  • Aching muscles
  • Headache
  • General ill feeling
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea
Call your doctor if your child has:
  • An earache or ear discharge
  • Wheezing
  • Fever for more than 3 days, or fever that goes away for a while and returns
  • Symptoms that are getting worse

Know about at-home treatment:

You can help your child feel more comfortable during the flu by taking these steps
  • You may use acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for fever or aches and pains but first consult with your child’s doctor 
  • If your child has a stuffy nose, use a cool-mist vaporizer or saltwater nose drops with bulb suctioning
  • Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids
  • If your child has a sore throat, soft foods such as ice cream, pudding, or mashed potatoes will be easier to swallow

Know About Going Back to School

You can help your child get better faster and prevent the spread of flu by taking these steps:
  • Keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone
  • Limit your child’s contact with other people while she/he has the flu
Nurse Kelly
(609) 909-9258 ex: 4720
Elementary/Middle School Nurse