Welcome to the Kennedy School Nurse Webpage!
J. F. Kennedy School Health Office
Monday-Friday 8am-3pm (school days)
Sherri Lapp BSN, RN, CSN-NJ
908 754 4620 x 5620
Fax: 908 777 7805
Reminder for Pre K Students:
The State of New Jersey Department of Health mandate (N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.19) requires proof of an annual influenza vaccine for all students enrolled in preschool age 6 through 59 months. This vaccine must be administered between September 1st and December 31st, 2020.
Please submit proof that your child has received his/her influenza vaccination within the specified time frame on or before December 31, 2020. You can send it to me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How Can I Tell the Difference Between Asthma, COVID-19, the Flu, a Cold or Seasonal Allergies?
Some symptoms are similar between these respiratory illnesses. This chart can help you figure out if you may be feeling symptoms of asthma, allergies or a respiratory illness like COVID-19, the flu or a cold. Respiratory illnesses may worsen asthma, so it’s important to keep taking your asthma control medicines. If you have a fever and a cough, call your doctor. If you have seasonal allergies, there are things you can do to treat at home.
Now that the 2020/2021 school year is underway I am back in the office full time Monday-Friday. I am available by phone or email to discuss any health concerns you may have for your children. Please feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to seeing many more smiling faces in person as we hopefully transition soon from virtual to in person learning! (Scroll down to view previously posted COVID-19 resources).
****IMPORTANT ATTENDANCE INFORMATION: You must call the Health Office before 9am on each day of your child's absence if they will not be logged on to Google Classroom for any reason/issue or your child's absence will be recorded as truant.
Make sure that you are taking care of your mental and emotional wellness during these stressful times. Here is a link to some free resources with tools to take care of your mind and stay healthy.
*In rare cases, the virus can lead to severe respiratory problems, kidney failure or death, so contact your doctor promptly if you have symptoms
THE BEST WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF:
INFORMATION FROM THE NEW JERSEY STATE SCHOOL NURSES ASSOCIATION ABOUT NOVEL CORONAVIRUS
Information regarding the Novel Coronavirus has spread throughout the news and social media. This virus has made its way to the United States from China and is being closely monitored by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and health departments. NJSSNA is dedicated to promoting the health and safety of our students, staff and communities. Therefore, we would like to share some information, including preventative measures, regarding Novel Coronavirus.
All of the guidance documents are posted on the NJDOH Novel Coronavirus web page: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml under the heading Guidance.
You can also visit the CDC website for additional information.
Prevention is always key when it comes to communicable diseases. So, what can you do to help decrease the risk of getting infected with Novel Coronavirus?
● If you are traveling overseas (to China, but also to other places) follow the CDC's guidance.
● Currently, the novel coronavirus has not been spreading widely in the United States, so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public. However, the steps that you take to prevent the spread of flu and the common cold can also help prevent coronavirus:
1. Wash your hands with soap and water. Hand sanitizer should be used if soap and water is not available.
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
3. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
4. Stay home while you are sick and avoid contact with others.
5. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
NJSSNA Executive Board
Staying Healthy in School (Help!!!! Why is My Child Ill So Often?!)
Do you feel as if your child is frequently sick? Why is infectious illness so common in school age children, and what can you do to help your child stay healthy?
How do infections spread? Many childhood illnesses are caused by viruses which enter the body through the mucous membranes of the nose and/or mouth. One cough or sneeze can spread over 3,000 germs into the air. All it takes is a single child to bring a virus to school for a cold virus to begin spreading. Small children have developing immune systems and are often not proficient with healthy habits that prevent the spread of germs.
Why is illness more common in the winter months? There are many theories as to why it seems we are ill more in the colder months however, it is not true that illness is caused by being cold and/or wet. It is true though that those conditions do affect how our immune systems cope with infections. We spend more time indoors and in close proximity to others as people return to school, work and day care in the fall and less time in the sun which lowers our bodies vitamin D levels. Viruses find these conditions ideal to hop from one host to another. In addition, many viruses flourish in the dry, cold winter air.
Why hand washing counts and other ways to help stay healthy. What is the one culprit that makes us sick? GERMS! (Most commonly viruses and bacteria). Knowing how these germs work is key to illness prevention. Teach your children how to properly wash their hands. This includes using soap and washing as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. Teach children to keep their hands away from their face and out of their mouths. Illness is less likely to occur if we take these simple steps to keep germs from entering our bodies. Older children may need reminders to eat healthy and to get enough sleep. Poor diet and lack of enough sleep, along with the stressors many students face, lowers the bodies ability to fight off infection.
If you do get sick, take time to rest and recover. Take time off from work or school to give your body time to heal and to avoid passing illness to others.
Sherri Lapp, BSN, RN, CSN-NJ Kennedy Elementary School Nurse
Welcome to the 2019/20 school year. Please note the information below:
Genesis Student Database: You must make sure that you have checked your contact information in the Genesis student database and update if necessary. These contact numbers will be used to notify you if your child is ill or injured and it is very important to update them throughout the school year if there are any changes. Please make sure that all student health information is up to date and that you have completed all forms. If you list additional emergency contacts please indicate if they have permission to pick your child up from school. These individuals are the only ones the school will release your child to. Click here to link to the Genesis Parent Portal
School Health Office Policy: This important information can be reviewed here:
Application form for free or reduced lunch: This online application can be found here:
Click here for online free/reduced lunch application. Paper copies are available in the Health Office.
Medication: If your child requires medication to be taken during school hours you must fill out the appropriate forms. All medications including over the counter medication need both physician and parental authorization. Click here for medication forms.
It is vital to ensure that our school remains a healthy learning environment. Please keep your child home if he/she is exhibiting symptoms of a contagious illness. You should keep your child home if he/she has:
a fever of 100 or higher in the past 24 hours
vomiting and/or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
a persistent sore throat
cold symptoms including sustained coughing and/or a very runny nose
any symptoms that would prevent the student from active participation in their usual school activities
***Your child may not return to school until he/she has been without diarrhea or vomiting, and is fever free (under 100 degrees Fahrenheit) without the aid of fever reducer (Tylenol, Advil etc.) for 24 hours***
Please contact me at any time to discuss any health related concerns regarding your child.