Anaelisa Ramirez, BSN, RN
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If you are unsure if your child should stay home please follow the link below to the NJ Department of Health Guidelines. If you have any questions or uncertainty please feel free to reach out to me directly through email or phone and we will explore the safest decision for you and your child.
NJ Department of Health Guidelines
COVID-19 - Health Information
CDC COVID-19: How to Protect Yourself & Others
CDC COVID-19: Mask Wearing
CDC COVID-19: Symptoms
CDC COVID-19: Testing
CDC COVID-19: Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools
COVID-19 Parent Guidance
Parental Symptom Screening
Parents/caregivers should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for signs of illness every day as they are the front line for assessing illness in their children. Students who are sick should not attend school in-person. Schools should strictly enforce exclusion criteria for both students and staff.
Parents should not send students to school when sick. For school settings, NJDOH recommends that students with the following symptoms be promptly isolated from others and excluded from school:
Exclusion 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
• At least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new olfactory disorder, new taste disorder.
For students with chronic illness, only new symptoms, or symptoms worse than baseline should be used to fulfill symptom-based exclusion criteria.
COVID-19 exclusion criteria for persons who have COVID-19 compatible symptoms or who test positive for COVID-19:
• Ill individuals with COVID-19 compatible symptoms who have not been tested or individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 should stay home until at least 10 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.
• Persons who test positive for COVID-19, but who are asymptomatic should stay home for 10 days from the positive test result.
COVID-19 exclusion criteria for close contacts:
Exposed close contacts who are not fully vaccinated should be referred for COVID-19 testing. Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 90 days should not be referred for COVID-19 testing.
• If negative they should quarantine at home according to the COVID-19 Exclusion Table after exposure.
• If positive they should isolate for 10 days. Exposed close contacts who have no COVID-like symptoms and are either fully vaccinated or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 90 days:
• Do not need to quarantine, be excluded from school, but should be tested 3-5 days following an 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.
NJ Department of Health: Novel Coronavirus
COVID-19 Symptom Checker This self- assessment tool can be used as a self-assessment tool to determine what actions you can take to protect you and your loved ones’ health and help determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19.
School Medical Forms- click on hyperlinks to access documents
All students must have an Emergency Medical Form on file in the health office. If your child is ill or injured at school, it is important that you be contacted as soon as possible. Medical emergency forms are distributed annually at the end of summer/beginning of school year or registration.
If your child must take medication at school, parent and physician written permission are required. Please complete one of the following:
Generic Medication Forms
A) Prescription Medication Authorization Form - Students with medication orders for asthma and/or food allergies must additionally supply an action plan with their medication orders.
Specific Medication Forms
Medication Authorization Form for Life Threatening Allergies
If your child is has a physical examination by his/her family health care provider, a report form is requested for updating school records.