Health Information


Too sick for school?   Off to School or Not?

If your child appears to be sick, do you have him/her stay at home or do you send your child off to school or day care? It's often a tough decision.
Children can function well in school with many minor childhood illnesses, though they should not attend school if they are contagious. Some symptoms indicate that the child needs special care and would be better off with a person who could provide that care. Some warning signs are: extreme pain, difficulty in breathing, fever over 100 degrees (orally), diarrhea, vomiting due to stomach ailment, extreme tiredness or fatigue, severe cough, unusual rash, or unusual behavior. If any of these symptoms appear, or if your child exhibits any other symptoms -- mild or severe -- which cause you concern, please call your physician.
Please keep your child home for at least 24 hours after they experience diarrhea, vomiting, or a fever of 100 degrees. This will minimize the spread of infection and disease. This is a Ridgewood Board of Education policy.
Even on the weekend please notify the Health Office if your child has been diagnosed and is being treated for any contagious illness: i.e. strep throat, conjunctivitis (pink eye), chicken pox, etc. It is important that we keep accurate accounts of any occurrences so that we may protect your child and prevent the spread of disease from class to class.
Have a safe and happy school year! 

Head Lice Policy

PE Information:  

As per BOE policy, parents may request that their child be excused from physical education for 1-2 days.  Notes should be brought to the School Nurse first, and then will be forwarded to the PE teacher.  

If a child is excused from PE, he/she may not participate in outdoor recess activities.  

A doctor's note is required for excuses exceeding three days.  All doctor's notes are to be brought to the School Nurse. 

If a concern exists over the pattern of excuses, the PE teacher should conference with the student and/or parent

STREP Information:

The incubation period for streptococcal infection may vary, but it is usually between two to five days.  It is a ¬≠contagious¬≠ bacterial disease.

The diagnosis is made through a throat culture done by your pediatrician. If your child develops symptoms of a sore throat, fever, rash or upset stomach, it is advised that you contact your doctor for the appropriate care and treatment.

**If a Quick Strep test is done, please keep your child home until you have received the overnight results.  If negative, your child is welcome to return to school.  If positive, please notify the Health Office so that I may monitor the incidence of illness in the classroom and activate appropriate custodial measures.

***Dr. Yankus, the District Medical Director, advises that a student remain home and should be without fever for 24 hours, and have completed 24 to 48 hours of antibiotic therapy before returning to school.

NJ Dept. of Education School Health Mandates and Resources 

Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the School Nurse at 201-670-2760 ext. 56520.