Dear Parents and Guardians:
I am the new school nurse at Neptune city school and I am excited to serve your children this year. As we begin another year I want to remind you of some things in order for us to have a safe and healthy school year.
As I am sure you are aware, this is going to be another year of navigating concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope to be proactive when it comes to preventing illness in our school, but need your help at home as well.
Per CDC and NJDOH guidelines: It is strongly recommended that you monitor your child for illness every day. If your child is sick they should not attend school. If your child has the following symptoms they should not come to school, will need to be evaluated by a doctor and may need to be tested for COVID in order to return to school:
- ONE or more of the following: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of smell or new loss of taste.
- TWO or more of the following: fever, chills, shivers, muscle aches, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose.
If your child has a chronic illness such as allergies or asthma, please be sure to provide documentation from a doctor to the nurse’s office. Only new symptoms or symptoms worse than baseline will be considered when determining if a child needs to be excluded from school, but we need to know their baseline in order for it to be considered.
- If your child has COVID-19 compatible symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 they should stay home until at least 14 days have passed since symptoms started, at least 24 hours since their last fever without fever reducing medications and improvement in other symptoms.
- If your child tests positive for COVID-19, but does not have symptoms they should stay home for 14 days from the positive test result.
- An alternate diagnosis (including a positive strep test or influenza swab) without a negative COVID-19 test is not acceptable for individuals who meet COVID-19 exclusion criteria to return to school during periods of moderate, high, or very high community transmission.
If your child has had close contact (>15 minutes, within 6 feet, without a mask) to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and they are not vaccinated they will need to be tested for COVID-19 5-7 days after exposure unless they themselves have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
- If negative they should quarantine at home 7 days from exposure.
- If positive they should isolate for 10 days after the positive test if asymptomatic or 10 days after symptoms improve if they have symptoms.
It is my hope that we do not have to implement any of these protocols, but want to be sure you are aware of them in case your child does become ill or is exposed to COVID-19.
If your child requires medication, a prescription from a doctor and written permission from a parent or guardian is required. If your child has a chronic illness such as asthma or allergies that requires medication, specific forms must be filled out by their doctor. All medication must be brought into the office by an adult and it must be in its original prescribed packaging. Over the counter medications such as tylenol, motrin, or benadryl are available in the nurse's office and may be given under our school physician’s standing orders, but a written permission form is also required. If your child comes to the office and I feel they require this medication and we do not have written permission on file I will call you for verbal permission and send home a form to be signed and returned for their file. I will also be reviewing your child’s previous record and will be reaching out with any questions or concerns. My goal is to make sure your child has everything they need to remain healthy while at school.
Health screenings are mandated by the New Jersey Department of Education as listed below.
HEIGHT, WEIGHT AND BLOOD PRESSURE: Yearly for all grade levels
VISION (DISTANCE ONLY)- Pre-K, K, 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th grades
HEARING : Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 7th grades
SCOLIOSIS SCREENING: 5th and 7th grades
I will be communicating with you when these screenings will be done. If you do not want your child screened please let me know.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s health please do not hesitate to call or email me. I am happy to help however I can to be sure your child has a safe and healthy school year!
Brianna Signorino, RN BSN
Neptune City School Nurse