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This time of year is a good time to review the importance of good hand washing.
It is well documented that the most important measure for preventing the spread of pathogens is effective hand washing. http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/
Review hygiene tips with your child to prevent the spread of infections.
The CDC reminds us that the best way to prevent the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.
In addition to hand washing, good health habits that help prevent infection include:
Avoid close contact with sick people. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Eat nutritious foods, drink plenty of water, remain physically active and get enough sleep.
Remember, to help make the year more successful for the for your child:
Make sure immunizations are up-to-date.
Establish a bedtime and wake-up time to ensure adequate and consistent sleep.
Develop a routine for homework and after-school activities.
Eat breakfast each day at home or at school.
Help make appropriate clothing choices (for example, wear comfortable and safe shoes).
Make your child’s health concern known to the school and school nurse.
Introduce yourself and your child to the school nurse.
Bring current signed healthcare provider orders for treatments and all medications to be given at school.
Bring the medication in the original pharmacy container.
Give permission for the school nurse to communicate with your family’s healthcare provider.
Provide parent/guardian contact information and update the school with any changes.
It is important that you notify the school nurse when your child will be absent. Call or leave a message at any time on 201-343-6000, ext. 4508. If we do not receive a call from you, the school nurse will be contacting you to confirm that you are aware your child is absent and to determine the reason.
Procedure for medication administration in school.
1. The school is unable to administer any medications in school, prescriptions or over-the-counter, without proper orders from a physician, proper documentation from a guardian, and the medication, in the original appropriately labeled container.
2. The parent or legal guardian must deliver all medications to the school.
3. Students are not permitted to carry any medications, prescriptions or over-the-counter, on their person at any time with the exception of emergency medications for which proper self-administration documentation is in place.
For more information on administration of medication in school, please contact our school nurse, Maureen Dombkowski, APN-C, at (201) 343-6000 x 4508
Please refer to our district policy, available at https://bcss.bergen.org/index.php/district-policies