Health Policies from Dr. Jain

Last Updated: 3/3/2021 2:04 PM

ILLNESS/INJURIES/FIRST AID IN SCHOOL

  • A child with an oral temperature of 100.4 degrees or above and/or presenting symptoms which in the professional opinion of the nurse are symptomatic of illness, should be sent home

  • The student should be afebrile for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

  • Following a vomiting incident, the student should remain at home for at least 24 hours 

  • Students out of school for more than 3 days will need clearance and a note from their primary care physician or doctor to return back to school

  • Refer to COVID-19 section for illness related to COVID-19


Common Childhood Illness Policies: 
  1. Head Lice-Student excluded from school until treatment is given and the child is nit free. 
  2. Ringworm-Student excluded from school and must have a doctor's note to return.
  3. Impetigo-Student excluded for 24 hours and must have a doctor's note to return.
  4. Conjunctivitis(Pink Eye)-Student excluded from school and must have four doses of medication and a doctors note to return to school.
  5. Strep Throat-Student excluded from school and must have two doses of antibiotic therapy and be fever free prior to returning to school. 
  6. Chicken Pox- Student excluded for approximately 7 days or until vesicles are crusted over.
  7. Rashes-Student excluded from school until diagnosis is made by a doctor and treatment started if needed. 
  8. Fever-Student should be fever free (under 100.4oF) for 24 hours before returning to school.
  9. Vomiting-Student should not have vomited in the 24 hours before returning to school
  10. Covid 19 Section:  
    COVID-19 

A child with an oral temperature of 100.4 or above and/or presenting symptoms which in the professional opinion of the nurse are symptomatic of illness, should be sent home.

  1. The student should be isolated while awaiting to be picked up by parent/guardian

  2. The student should maintain face mask

  3. Parent/guardian to immediately seek medical treatment

  4. Confirmed COVID-19: The student should be afebrile for at least 24 hours without use of medication to decrease the fever, ten days after the first symptom and symptoms are resolving before returning to school.

  5. Confirmed COVID-19 student does not need to have a doctor’s note to return to school. 

  6. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

  7. Reporting, contact tracing and disinfecting guidelines will be as per CDC guidelines, NJ DOH, Hazlet Board of Education Policies and procedures

  8. Contact and potential exposure students should get COVID-19 testing and quarantine for 14 days. If COVID -19 test is negative, no note is required to return to school after the 14 day quarantine is completed. 

NJ Department of Health guidance 1/9/21- 

Any student with 'covid compatible' symptoms needs to either isolate for 10 days from symptoms (which means virtual learning for ten days from onset) OR have a negative covid test and then can return whenever feeling improved (plus fever free for 24 hours of course).  

"To further clarify, students with COVID-19 compatible symptoms are defined in NJDOH K-12 school guidance using CSTE/CDC case criteria definition as those who have:

  •  At least two of the following symptoms: fever (measured 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."