Nurse's Office

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect in our community, we continue to take precautions to keep one another safe. Some of these precautions include screening for COVID-19 exposure and symptoms and assuring communication of isolation/quarantine periods for the safety of our school community. Please, review the following questions: 

  1.  Is your child experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms as listed below?
   
            
  • Fever of 100.4 or above
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • New cough
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Severe headache
  • Sore throat 
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Feeling extra tired
  • Neck pain
  • Rash
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Abdominal pain

   







2.  Has your child been around anyone, including household members, with any of the above symptoms?

3.  Has your child, or any household member, been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 to 24 days?

4.  Has your child traveled out of state?

5.  Is someone in your immediate household awaiting a COVID-19 test result?

If you responded yes to any of these questions, contact your child’s school nurse, prior to your child entering the school building, for guidance. Your consideration, time and feedback are appreciated and essential to keeping our school community safe. 

New Jersey continues to experience COVID-19 transmission among school-aged children. In children, signs/symptoms are often mild, and it may not be possible to clinically distinguish COVID-19 from other illnesses. For this reason, any child with COVID-19 compatible symptoms can not return to school until they have either received a negative viral test (molecular or antigen) for SARS-CoV-2 or they have completed an isolation period of at least 10 days since symptom onset and at least 24 hours after resolution of fever without fever-reducing medications with symptom improvement. A purely clinical alternative diagnosis is no longer acceptable. 

Thank you. 

Nurse Ann


In light of the ongoing developments with COVID-19 and school closures, please feel free to reach out to me for any medical questions, concerns or need medical forms or guidance.

I am available in office during school hours Monday - Friday, and can be reached by phone or email.


All parents must complete the Covid-19 waiver in Genesis before entering the school building.  A forehead scan for temperature will be checked and staff will be looking for overt symptoms that could be attributed to Covid-19. No one can enter the building with symptoms or a forehead temperature scan of 100.4 or above. Masks are to be worn when on district property.

Per the guidance of the Camden County Department of Health, students displaying symptoms that could be attributed to COVID-19, your child will being excluded from in-person instruction and extracurricular activities for ten days or until a negative COVID-19 test result. The Audubon Public School District appreciates your cooperation in the care of this student and our school community.

Your child will need to see a physician for two or more symptoms of COVID-19:

PRIMARY SYMPTOMS

Fever of 100.4 or above

Difficulty Breathing

Shortness of Breath

New Cough

Loss of Sense of Smell or Taste


SECONDARY SYMPTOMS

Chills

Mylasias

Severe Headache

Sore Throat

Nausea/Vomiting

Diarrhea

Rhinorrhea

Congestion

Feeling Extra Tired

Neck Pain

Rash

Bloodshot Eyes

Abdominal Pain

 

 

Per the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention AND the Camden County Department of Health, students are:

 NOT TO RETURN TO SCHOOL until fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medicines (e.g. Tylenol), 

 NOT TO RETURN TO SCHOOL until symptom free or markedly improved symptoms for 24 hours,

 Provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test if returning prior to the ten day period,

 Continue to monitor themselves for other COVID-19 related symptoms while following CDC and DOH social distancing and hygiene practices. 


Nurse Ann
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.

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.   

  • 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.
     
  • 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

Physical Exam Requirements

Routine Health Screenings

Transfer Student Requirements


Health Resources

Adult Immunization Program 

Asthma Information - NJ Pediatric Coalition
The NJ Pediatric Coalition works with healthcare providers, schools, child care providers, environmental agencies, patients and caregivers to provide resources and tools to help individuals manage their asthma.
www.pacnj.org 

Childhood Communicable Diseases 

COVID-19 Symptoms 

COVID-19 Symptoms (Espanol) 

Management of COVID-19 Symptoms at Home

Free Dental Healthcare Clinic 2021
The 2021 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 

NJ Department of Health Vaccine Preventable Disease Program
New Jersey minimum immunization requirements for Kindergarten-Grade 12 attendance.
http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/imm_requirements/k12-parents.pdf 

CDC Recommended Immunization ScheduleImmunization 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  

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