Health Office Updates

October 2020

Thank you!

I want to start by saying, THANK YOU! Thank you for your mindful consideration and cooperation for a safe and healthy return to school. Communication is key, and we appreciate your efforts in maintaining open communication during these times. However, we still have to remain consistent in our efforts to put health and safety at the forefront, in order to ensure a successful school year.

Brittany Nagy

Stonybrook School Nurse

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COVID-19 Daily Screening for Students

Kinnelon Schools have implemented this tool to screen students and staff for symptoms and possible exposure of COVID-19. Please be sure to complete this on the guardian OnCourse account prior to your child(ren) entering the school building. Compliance is imperative as we head into the winter months. If there is any reason your responses flag a warning - i.e. symptoms, travel, or recent exposure, kindly call the health office to provide information or receive clarification as to why this may have come up.

As we spend more time indoors and flu season approaches, our efforts must remain consistent. We want our schools to remain a safe place for children to grow and learn.

Students have done a great job in "masking-up" while indoors and throughout the school day. Here are a few reminders:


  • Masks must be multi-layered or disposable (surgical)
  • No vent /No gaiters/ No bandanas (do not offer acceptable droplet containment)
  • Ensure masks are well fitted and being worn above the nose
  • Please send 2-3 masks per day and a paper bag for storage (during lunch/recess, PE & mask breaks)
  • Wash cloth face coverings after each wear, in a washing machine with detergent and hot water
  • Children are offered multiple mask breaks throughout the day. We are offering lunch and recess to be outdoors and mask-free as much as possible.
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Flu Vaccine: More Important Than Ever

Although it is not required, but suggested - don't forget your flu shot!

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reducing the risk among children, who have the highest rates of influenza infection, decreases the burden and transmission of virus to household and community contacts of all ages.

When to Keep Your Child Home

In an effort to help prevent the spread of illness between students and staff members, it is very important for you, as the parent/guardian of your child, to recognize when it is NOT prudent for your child to be in school. The following is a list of indicators to assist you in knowing when to keep your child home from school:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or higher within the last 24 hours.

  • Your child may return to school when he/she is “fever free” WITHOUT taking anti-fever medication (e.g. Tylenol, Advil, Motrin) for a minimum of 24 hours

  • Positive throat culture for strep. (Please keep your child home while waiting for the results of an overnight strep culture.) Child may return to school no sooner than 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has been started.

  • Any symptoms of acute illness such as persistent cough and/or runny nose.

  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours.


Please call the health office to keep us updated on your child's symptoms so we can do our best to mitigate the transmission of communicable disease. If you feel your child may be displaying signs or symptoms of COVID-19 contact your child's provider or your local health department for further guidance.

Mask Mondays

We will be supporting students through gentle reminders and education of the importance of mask wearing and the correct ways to wear and handle a mask. See the video below for some pointers and mask tips to ensure the best fit!

How To Wear A Mask In School

Stay safe and well,

Brittany Nagy

Stonybrook School Nurse

nagyb@kinnelon.org

973-838-1881 x2005