BA Health Office

Mrs. Hansen, school nurse

It's October!

Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and get outside! Daylight hours will shorten soon and colder weather will arrive. October is a great time for a family hike, pumpkin and apple picking, visiting local farms and leaf raking. We often overlook how powerful just being in nature is to help us maintain and cultivate mental health and well being. Outdoor activity is also the safest venue for limiting any exposure or risk of contracting COVID19, so let's take advantage before winter arrives!
It's time to get your Flu Shot! (click here)

Now is the time to make an appointment with your physician or pharmacy to get your family vaccinated for the upcoming flu season.

Protect Yourself and Your Child from Flu!
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An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor Away!!!

  • enriched with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber to give maximum nutritional benefits and strengthen your immune system
  • helps your body fight viruses like seasonal colds and flu
  • rich in soluble fiber like pectin which reduces inflammation!!

October is the perfect time to add a daily apple to your health regimen

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Sleep is so important!!

School-age children need 9–12 hours of sleep a night. Bedtime problems can start at this age for a variety of reasons. Inconsistent bed times, inadequate exercise, screen time(on computers, TVs, smartphones, and other devices), anxiety and hectic family schedules all can contribute to kids not getting the sleep they need. To balance screen time during remote learning, be sure that your children spend an hour a day outside, running around, playing and getting fresh air.

Sleep-deprived kids can become hyper or irritable, and may have a hard time paying attention in school or when doing an activity that takes concentration or effort.

It's still important to have a consistent bedtime, especially on school nights. Leave enough technology-free time before bed to allow your child to unwind before lights-out. Consider switching off the electronics at least an hour before bed and keeping screens out of kids' bedrooms. This is especially important during remote learning.

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BA Health Office Staff: Mrs. Hansen RN, CSN (this is my 10th year!) and Mrs. O'Laughlin, office secretary ( this is her 17th year!)

Got a health question?

If you have a health question, please email me at or call 732-297-6621 ext 3469
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Symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • A loss of taste or smell

If your child presents with any of these symptoms of illness (or a general feeling of lethargy or malaise) the night before or the morning of school, DO NOT SEND THEM. Please contact me or your primary physician for further instruction.

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Your child needs to have a completed health registration to start the school year (even remotely). Please be sure that you have submitted all of the required health information. All kindergarteners and students new to the school need to have submitted the following:

  • A completed physical exam form based on an exam done within a year of the start of school
  • A completed immunization record based on the minimum immunization requirements for school attendance in New Jersey
  • A TB (tuberculosis screening test- PPD or IGRA) only if student was born in another country or entering a US school from another country for the first time

I have emailed and/or reached out by phone to all of our families to let them know what is missing.

Please note: Any child with an incomplete health registration will not be allowed to transition to in person learning when/ if that happens. Please contact me if you have any questions about the status of your child's health registration.