Nurse's Office

Last Updated: 12/27/2021 7:29 PM

 Dear Parent/Guardian,

 Guidelines from the New Jersey Department of Health were revised on December 15,   2021.  Their guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and   severity of COVID-19 and is subject to change as additional information is learned. 

 Please, monitor your children for signs of illness every day.  You are the front line for   assessing illness in your children.  Students and staff who are sick should not attend   school in person.  We need your continued support as we implement a layered   prevention strategy to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our schools:

Stay Home When Sick or if Exposed to COIVD-19

  • Students and staff stay home stay are asked to stay home and notify school nurse if tested positive (viral test) for COVID-19.
  • Students and staff stay are asked to stay home if sick or experiencing COVID-19 compatible symptoms (regardless of vaccination status)
  • Students and staff stay are asked to stay home and notify school nurse if not fully vaccinated and have had close contact with a person with COVID-19

Symptoms

  • Parents should not send students to school when sick. Students with the following symptoms are excluded from school:
    • At least two of the following symptoms: fever (measure or subjective), chills, rigors (shivers), myalgia (muscle aches), headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion, or runny nose OR
    • At least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new olfactory disorder, new taste disorder

Stay Home if any Sibling/Household Member is Symptomatic

  • Unvaccinated sibling(s) of a student who has symptoms are excluded from school until the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result.  If the symptomatic individual tests positive, the sibling(s) will need to quarantine.

Exclusion Criteria for Individuals with Symptoms or who Test Positive for COVID-19

  • Individuals who test positive or individuals with COIVD-19 symptoms who have not been tested should stay home until at least ten days have passed since symptom onset and at least 24 hours have passed after resolution of fever without fever reducing medications and improvement in symptoms. 

Exclusion Criteria for Close Contacts Not Fully Vaccinated

  • Exposed close contacts who have no COVID-19 symptoms and are not fully vaccinated:
    • Quarantine at home and test 5 – 7 days after their last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop.
    • If negative, continue to quarantine at home for a full 7 days.

Exclusion Criteria for Close Contacts Fully Vaccinated

  • Exposed close contacts who have no COVID-19 symptoms and are fully vaccinated:
    • Do not need to quarantine or be excluded from school/
    • Should be tested 5-7 days following an exposure
    • Should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure
    • Should wear a mask in other indoor public settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.

Stay Home After Travel

  • Domestic and International Travel lasting 24 hours or longer to any state other than PA, NY, and DE:
    • unvaccinated should get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if they test negative.
    • If testing not completed post-travel, self-quarantine for 10 days.
  • International travelers who are fully vaccinated test 3-5 days after travel, self-monitor for symptoms, and isolate and get tested IF symptoms develop.

Stay Home if any Sibling/Household Member is Symptomatic

  • Unvaccinated siblings of a student who has symptoms is excluded from school until the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result.  If the symptomatic individual tests positive, the sibling will need to quarantine.

Tests

  • Audubon Public School District will be hosting in-district COVID 19 testing for students on most Wednesdays from 4:00 PM through 6:30 PM. The testing is an anterior-nasal swab (a short swab no longer than a typical Q-tip). The swab is inserted into the front portion of the nostril and only takes a few seconds to collect. This is a non-invasive collection method. The testing sessions will occur at the Mansion Avenue Elementary School, 300 Mansion Avenue, Audubon, New Jersey, 08106
  • Home-based tests can be used for screening staff/students without symptoms and without close contact exposure
  • Home-based tests can be used to shorten quarantine from 10 to 7 days after travel
    • NOT to be used to determine whether symptomatic individuals may return to school
    • NOT to be used to shorten quarantine from 10 to 7 days after exposure to a COVID-19 case
    • ONLY a PCR test collected within 48 hours of a positive home or rapid viral test can be used to negate a false positive

Vaccination

  • Children ages 5 through 18 years old are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Vaccination is NOT required for school attendance
  • If you are having your child vaccinated, please sent in the vaccination documentation so that it can be recorded in your child’s school health record.
  • The K-12 guidelines from the New Jersey Department of Health state the following regarding fully vaccinated:
    • People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2 dose series.
    • Regardless of vaccination status, if a student or staff experiences COVID-compatible symptoms, they should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for COVID-19.
    • Exposed close contacts who have no COVID-like symptoms and are fully vaccinated:
    • Do not need to quarantine, be excluded from school.
    • Should be tested 5-7 days following exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
    • Should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.
    • Should wear a mask in other indoor public settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
    • If they experience symptoms, they should isolate, be clinically evaluated for COID-19, including testing. 

We appreciate your continued support as we strive to keep the health and safety of our school community a priority. 

Sincerely,

Audubon Public School District Nurses

Haviland Avenue Elementary School Nurse

Ann Rossi-Alston, R.N., B.S.N.

(856) 546-4922 x6207

arossi-alston@audubonschools.org

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COLD AND FLU SEASON - A NOTE FROM NURSE ANN:


In addition to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our school community will be faced with cold and flu season. At Haviland Avenue School, health practices, such as covering coughs and hand washing, are always emphasized in an effort to prevent the spread of illness in our school environment. As your child’s school nurse, I also recommend parents consult with their health care providers regarding a yearly influenza vaccination. NJ Law does require an annual flu vaccine for students up to the age of 59 months.   

There are times when the only way to prevent the spread of illness is to keep students that are ill out of school.  Keeping children home when they are too sick for school protects other students and staff from potential illness.

Symptoms that child is too sick for school

  • Fever: Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Child must not have a fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to school.
     
  • Vomiting: Child should not return to school for 24 hours following the last episode of vomiting.
     
  • Diarrhea: Children with watery stools may not return to school until 24 hours after their last episode of diarrhea.
     
  • Eye Infection: Pink eye (conjunctivitis) or thick mucus or pus draining from eye should not return to school for 24 hours after starting treatment.


Lice, Scabies: Children may not return to school until they have been treated and are free of live lice (must be checked by school nurse before returning).  Children with scabies can be admitted after treatment.If your child has any of the following symptoms, keep him/her home, or make appropriate child care arrangements. Students with fever, vomiting, diarrhea or eye infection must be symptom free for 24 hours prior to returning to school.   

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  • Chronic cough and/or runny nose: Continual coughing and greenish nose discharge. Conditions may be contagious and may require treatment from your health care provider.
     
  • Sore Throat: With fever or swollen glands in the neck.
     
  • Rash: any rash, especially with fever or itching.
     
  • Ear infection: Without fever can attend school, but the child may need medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
     
  • Unusual appearance behavior: Abnormally tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable.
     
  • Cough: Children sent to office with persistent cough, with an inability to stay in class, will be sent home.  

Physician notes are required for absences of 5 days or more and for communicable diseases.

Thank you for helping to keep Haviland Avenue School a Healthy Learning Environment.

Sincerely,
Ann Rossi-Alston, R.N., B.S.N., Haviland Avenue School Nurse


Ann Rossi-Alston, R.N., B.S.N.
856-546-4922 ext. 6207

I take a great sense of responsibility being entrusted with the physical, emotional, and mental health of students at Haviland Avenue School.  I believe that health and intellectual development of children are inextricably related; therefore, my goal is to strengthen and facilitate the educational process by improving and protecting the health status of children and staff.

Students do not exist solely within the confines of the school environment, but are affected by their interactions and associations with family, community, and world events.  I strive to view each child as a whole composition by encompassing his/her unique and varied experiences. While it may seem you only hear from me when your child is physically sick, in need of an immunization, vision or hearing evaluation, please know that I am concerned and interested with all aspects of your child's well being.  Please, don't hesitate to call me to discuss any situation or medical issue that may affect your child's school success.

Immunizations Required by New Jersey Law for Kindergarten Attendance

DTP

a minimum of 4 doses, with one dose given on or after the 4th birthday, or any 5 doses

Polio

a minimum of 3 doses, with one dose given on or after the 4th birthday, or any 4 doses

MMR
(Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

2 doses vaccine, with the first dose given on or after the 1st birthday

Varicella

1 dose given on or after the first birthday, proof of disease or lab evidence of protective immunity

Hepatitis B

three doses vaccine

Notices

Health Resources

Adult Immunization Program 

Childhood Communicable Diseases 

COVID-19 Symptoms 

COVID-19 Symptoms (Espanol) 

Management of COVID-19 Symptoms at Home

Free Dental Healthcare Clinic 2022
The 2022 Give Kids a Smile Day is TBA. This is the state's premier single-day program offering free dental care to children 12 and under. 
Give Kids A Smile Day 2020 

Head Lice Facts 

Head Lice Letter 

Management of Pediculosis Information Packet 

Management of Pediculosis, ABOE Policy 8545 

NJ FamilyCare
Beginning January 2014, NJ FamilyCare - New Jersey's publicly funded health insurance program - includes CHIP, Medicaid and Medicaid expansion populations. That means qualified NJ residents of any age may be eligible for free or low cost health insurance that covers doctor visits, prescriptions, vision, dental care, mental health and substance use services and even hospitalization. 
www.njfamilycare.org 

CDC Recommended Immunization Schedule Immunization schedule for children and adolescents aged 18 years or younger.
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/child/0-18yrs-child-combined-schedule.pdf

NJHelps
The NJ Helps Services Home Page is designed to give consumers a "one-stop" shopping resource for the wide range of programs, information and services provided by the Department of Human Services and its partners, to assist individuals, families and communities in throughout the State of New Jersey.
www.njhelps.org 

NJ Parent Link
A statewide website highlighting NJ state services and resources designed to facilitate ease of use and engagement with government services and community resources. 
www.njparentlink.nj.org  

The Flu: A Guide for Parents
CDC flu information for parents.
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/family/flu-guide-for-parents-brochure-2017.pdf  

Ronald McDonald House Pop Top Tab Collection

 

Printable Forms

Asthma Treatment Plan  
         
(Required for all students with diagnosis of Asthma)

Epi-Pen Packet  

Health History Form  

Non-Prescription/Prescription Medication Consent  

Emergency Self-Administered Medication Consent  

Physical Exam & Immunization Record  

Self-Administered Medication Policy