The nurses of Harrington Park School are dedicated to promoting optimal physical and emotional health for all students, their families and our community. Through our dedication to the practice of school nursing, our goal is to advance the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of our students. We are committed to high standards of excellence, professional ethics and personal integrity in all that we do. We maintain students' rights to privacy and confidentiality.
Per Harrington Park School policy, a child who shows signs of illness should be kept home both for his or her own protection and for the protection of those with whom he/she comes in contact.
Please keep your child home if your child has had any of the following symptoms:
- Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- Fever and chills within the last 24 hours: children should be fever-free without Tylenol, Advil, etc. A temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher is considered a fever
- Redness, swelling or discharge from eyes not caused by allergies
- Positive culture for strep throat: student may return to school 24 hours after antibiotic therapy has begun and your child is feeling better
In order to safeguard your child's health, and the health of all children in our school, we ask that you follow these guidelines:
As required by New Jersey State Sanitary Code, Chapter 14: Updates and boosters are to be submitted to the health office.
Required for Pre-K and Grades K - 2 - 4 - 6 - 8 per district policy (but please feel free to submit physicals for children in any grade)
Height, weight, blood pressure, scoliosis, hearing, and vision as per state and district guidelines.
Medication at School
Any medication, including over-the-counter, must be kept in the health office. If your child requires medication during school hours, the medication form must be completed by the parent and physician. Forms can be found on this website or in the nurses' office.
Communicable diseases such as strep throat, pink eye, influenza, chicken pox, and coxsackie are to be reported to the school nurse immediately upon diagnosis.
Parents of students found to have live head lice during school hours will be contacted. Students may return to school after appropriate treatment has begun. If you find or suspect your child has lice, please notify the health office.
Please inform the nurses if your child has a confirmed diagnosis.
Click on the link below for information regarding Lyme disease, which is more prevalent in our area/East Coast than in other parts of the country.
Coxsackie virus (Hand Foot and Mouth Disease)
Coxsackie virus, also known as hand, foot and mouth disease, is a viral infection that can cause a blister-like rash on the hands, feet, and in the mouth. The rash may be accompanied by a fever (100 degrees F or higher) as well as sore throat, runny nose, and poor appetite. While it usually occurs in children under 10, there have been recent reports in New Jersey of high school students who have been affected.
Symptoms appear three to five days after exposure, and a person with the illness is most contagious during the first week. While there is no specific treatment, there are over-the-counter and prescription medicines that can help relieve symptoms. Plenty of rest and fluids are also recommended.
Coxsackie is spread by direct contact with the blisters, nose and throat discharges, and feces of infected people. To help prevent the spread of the illness, the NJ Department of Health and the CDC recommend the following:
-Wash hands with soap and water thoroughly. Hand sanitizer must contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective, so handwashing with soap is best.
-Increase cleaning of commonly touched surfaces (e.g. desks, doorknobs, computer keyboards).
-Avoid close contact such as hugging, kissing, or sharing eating utensils, water bottles, or cups with infected people.
-Cover coughs and sneezes with your inner elbow or tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately.
For more information:
A healthy parent is more likely to have a healthy child, so take time to take good care of yourself as well.
Thank you for your cooperation!
~Kim and Mary
Last Modified on May 27, 2020