• Mrs. Sue March RN, BSN, CSN/NJ

    School Nurse

    Oxford St. Health Office

    Belvidere School District

    (908)475-4001 ext. 2006 (between 7:35am-2:35pm)

    smarch@belvideresd.org

    Research shows students can begin to reverse their academic difficulties if they improve their attendance (Attendanceworks.org). 



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    Health Office Newsletter March 2021

    CDC updates guidance for COVID-19 testing, health care personnel | AHA News

     

    Covid updates:

    Please know our County remains at High Risk (Orange) for regional transmission and we are working closely with our Public Health Officials to keep our school safe. We ask you to continue to complete the daily covid symptom tracker in Genesis. If your child has any two symptoms from the top list or one symptom (cough or close contact) from the lower list, contact the school nurse before sending your child to school. We will request a negative covid test or a 10-day quarantine. Allergies are beginning to cause concerns and since covid may look like allergy symptoms, we will follow the above protocol for those symptoms as well. This is a great time to review your allergy treatment with your child’s doctor to avoid any missed days or confusion about possible covid. If your child is experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, please keep siblings home too until a negative result is received or they complete the 10-day quarantine. Siblings and students with mild or no symptoms should attend virtually. Their attendance will be coded as acceptable. Thank you for working with me to keep our school healthy!

     

     

    Please be mindful of your distance during school. This may be helpful in lessening the amount of virus you are exposed to. If you need a better fitting mask or your mask becomes soiled, Mrs. March has disposable and cloth masks for your use. Help us to keep our school open and safe!
     
     
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    <<<<<To find a testing site near us>>>>> 

    http://www.co.warren.nj.us/Healthdept/WCCOVIDTestingSite.html

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    Please complete the daily COVID check sheet on the days we are in-person. This is not unique to Belvidere and helps ensure the health of our community as recommended by our public health officials. 

     

    If anyone in your home is ill, you must treat as if CoronaVirus and be tested or quarantine 10 days from symptom onset. Your family will quarantine from their last exposure to the ill person so it will be longer than the actual person with Covid. 

     

    If your child has symptoms of COVID (COVID may seem like the common cold in children), please note the health department’s statement dated 1/1/21>>>>

    ANY CHILD WITH COVID-19 COMPATIBLE SYMPTOMS SHOULD NOT RETURN TO SCHOOL UNTIL THEY HAVE EITHER 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 24 HOURS AFTER RESOLUTION OF FEVER WITHOUT FEVER-REDUCING MEDICATIONS WITH SYMPTOM IMPROVEMENT. A purely clinical diagnosis is no longer acceptable. 

     

    Allergy symptoms in school are treated as potential illness while Warren County is at a higher risk level.

     

    Thank you for working with me to keep our school safe during this pandemic.  

     

    Click below for:

    Information to help parents during COVID

     

    Protect your home from Covid19 

     

    CDC website>>>>

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    NJ Dept. of Health>>>

    https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/coronavirus-information 

     

     

     

    Coronavirus Information: 

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html

     

     

    Wear your Mask Correctly
    • Wash your hands before putting on your mask
    • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
    • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
    • Make sure you can breathe easily
    • CDC does not recommend use of masks or cloth masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent
     
    fitting a cloth facemask to your face. The mask should cover from below your chin to above your nose, and be pinched to fit the bridge of your nose snugly.

     

     
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    Wear a Mask to Protect Others

    • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect others in case you’re infected with COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms
    • Wear a mask in public settings when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when it may be difficult for you to stay six feet apart
    • Wear a mask correctly for maximum protection
    • Don’t put the mask around your neck or up on your forehead
    • Don’t touch the mask, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect​

    Follow Everyday Health Habits

    • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick
    • Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time
    • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
     
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    Illustration of a person removing a face mask

     

    Take Off Your Mask Carefully, When You’re Home

    • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
    • Handle only by the ear loops or ties
    • Fold outside corners together
    • Place mask in the washing machine (learn more about how to wash masks)
    • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.

    Taken from: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html

     

     


    If your child requires medications at school, please have your doctor complete the required authorization forms and action plans. These forms are available on my important document page.  

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    Check out our Public Service Announcement on how to help our school stay healthy:  Click on>>>   PSA: Sanitize

    Wash hands often with soap and water

    Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth

    Avoid contact with those who are already sick

    Get plenty of sleep

    Eat healthy food and drink plenty of fluids

    Cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm

    Stay home if ill for at least 24 hours after fever (without medication), nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea are gone

     

     

    Students entering 6th grade must satisfy the State immunization mandate requiring them to receive diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal vaccine (MCV), as well as a current physical on file in the health office. Any student who does not complete these requirements may face exclusion. I encourage you to make sure your sons and daughters get all vaccines recommended. The CDC recommends pre-teens get three vaccines at 11 or 12 years. They protect against whooping cough, meningitis, and cancers caused by HPV. Students should also get a yearly flu vaccine. 


    Preschoolers must also receive an annual flu shot before December 1st per the Department of Health.

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    If your child has a life-threatening food allergy, the safest meal is one packed from home; however, we understand this is not always feasible. You may contact our dietician at sdash@maschiofood.com with any questions and concerns. You should also refer to our food services' website at http://www.maschiofood.com/nutrition.php and click the nutrition information tab to preview labels and products for the meals served in the cafeteria.

    An ongoing goal of the Poison Experts from the NJ Poison Center is for everyone to program the poison hotline phone number into their cell phone. Their toll-free number is 800 222 1222. Also please follow on Facebook by clicking www.facebook.com/NJPIES

    Food Assistance, Medicare/Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or General Assistance (GA)>>>>https://www.njhelps.org/

    Parenting Resource from the State of NJ: I'd like to introduce everyone to "Parent Link" found at www.njparentlink.nj.gov, this informative website is available from the state with the goal of linking parents and families to available resources. The resources range from health and wellness or parenting support to food, income, and mortgage assistance. 

    Belvidere Area Emergency Food Pantry: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:30 am-12 pm and 6:30-8:30 pm the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Call 908 475-4065 for eligibility. Located in the United Methodist Church
     
    Belvidere School District Emergency Food Pantry: Email dkoch@belvideresd.org or call 908-475-4025 ext. 1120 to schedule a pick-up. 


    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) online information at www.cdc.gov.
     
    NJ Helps www.njhelps.org>>>find out about more services for children and families>>>you may also prescreen eligibility for programs like Food Stamps, Medicaid, and others

    Project Family Connect>>>Connect with resources you need to take care of your family...and yourself>>>1-844-807-3500 or 973-940-3500
     
    For help to quit Vaping: TEXT QUIT to 202-899-7550 or visit www.tobaccofreenj.com/quit-smoking or www.becomeanex.org
     


     
    Community Services:
    Aetna Better Health of New Jersey Low and no-cost health coverage for you and your family>>>Call 1-855-232-3596 to see if you qualify. 
    NJ Family Care>>>To enroll call 1-800-701-0710
    Zufall Health Centers 653 Willow Grove Street, Suite 1450 Hackettstown, NJ 07840 908.452.5366 (no-cost health and dental care)
    Catholic Charities 908 454-2074
    Dept of Human Services 908-475-6332
    Disability Services 973-361-5666
    Family Division Services 908-475-6150
    Family Guidance 908-852-0333
    Norwescap 877-661-4357
    >>>Phillipsburg Head Start 908-454-5936 
    >>>Washington Head Start 908-689-4668
    Rent Assistance 908-475-3989
    Transportation Services 908-454-4044
    Non-emergency Healthcare transportation https://www.logisticare.com/
    Warren Cty Eye Health Services (see school nurse)
    Warren Cty Public Nursing Agency 908-475-7960 (must make an appt. for vaccination clinic).
    Warren Cty Special Child Health Services 908-475-7960 (Assess child with delays or needs from birth-21 years)
    Community Prevention Resources: drug/alcohol treatment, recovery, Al-Anon, Alateen resource 908-835-1800 http://communitypreventionresources.org/
    Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE) www.NJPowerOn.org or call 1-732-982-8710
    Emergency Hardship fund NJ Shares>>temporary assistance for electric bill 1-866-657-4273
    Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund>>>1-800-335-FUND(3863) or WWW>NJCATASTROPHICFUND.ORG
    OMNI Health Services>>>Mental Health Treatment  215-997-2000 
    Kwenyan Professional Health Services, LLC>>>291 Pickford Ave, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865>>>908-777-3744/3754
     
     
    Performcare: In-home treatment for families in crisis>>1-877-652-7624



     
    DCP&P (formerly DYFS) 908-689-7000 or 24 hour>>>800-531-1229
    Crisis Intervention 908-454-5141 (24 hours/day)



    Thank you for working with me to keep our community healthy and safe!


    "You can’t educate a child who isn’t healthy and you can’t keep a child healthy who isn’t educated” Dr. Joycelyn Elders, 15th Surgeon General of the United States. 

    "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"    Maya Angelou