2021-2022 Health Office Information/ Guidelines

    Staff: Nancy M. Polifroni, RN, MS, CSN-NJ


    Face Coverings

    • All students are encouraged to wear face coverings. In an effort to promote the safest environment possible, face coverings should be a minimum of 2 layers and cover mouth and nose without a valve. Gaiters are not recommended, as data regarding their efficacy is inconclusive. Face shields are permitted, but should be worn with face covering.
    • We demonstrate and reinforce proper hand washing practices, “covering your cough”, and nose blowing/wiping techniques with your children. It is most helpful if you reinforce these behaviors at home.


    Daily Health Screening

    • All parents must complete a Daily Health Screen for each child before transport to school
    • Students will not be permitted to enter the building without completed Daily Health Screen
    • Daily temperature screening will be complete upon arrival



    • Please call the main number 201-384-5526, ext 2 - HPS Attendance Line
    • Indicate the reason for absence, your child's name and grade, and whether it is illness related/another reason.
    • If your child is participating virtually only, absences still need to be reported and documented.
    • Due to the current pandemic illness related information is necessary to monitor communicable illness trends so please provide as much information as possible.  All information is kept confidential.  
    • Our school must verify each absence to monitor student’s attendance and ensure safety. In the event your child’s absence or late arrival has not been reported to the “HPS Attendance Line,” we will call the numbers you have provided to verify the absence. If we are unable to contact you at the numbers provided to us, the local Police will be contacted to check the home.


    When to keep your child home:


    *If there are any affirmative answers to the Covid Daily health screen including the following:


    • Temperature of 100 degrees or higher within the last 24 hours
    • Chills/Rigors (shivers)
    • Myalgia (muscle aches)
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Nausea/Vomiting within the last 24 hours
    • Diarrhea within the last 24 hours
    • Fatigue
    • Congestion or Runny nose
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Difficulty Breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell

    Other Illnesses

    • Strep is suspected--results of throat culture have not been received
    • Positive throat culture for strep, child may not return to school sooner than 24 hours after the start of antibiotic
    • Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is suspected – verification from MD of diagnosis – Child may return after 24 hours of antibiotic eye drops


    HPS response to student presenting with " Covid/ COVID-like" symptoms:


                We will use the DOH Covid-19 Exclusion Table, see page 13



    Emergency Contacts

    • Please indicate most current contact numbers and preferred contact individuals for the current school year.
    • These numbers will be utilized if we are unable to reach a parent/guardian.


    MD notes

    • Required for return to school after a long illness or for confirmation of non contagious state of health
    • For clearance to participate in activities after injury or procedure



    • Age appropriate Kindergarten (5 years), need dTap/polio/MMR
    • Age appropriate 6th grade, Tdap, MCV (age 11-12)
    • Parents will be notified if their child is not in compliance with state required immunizations and will be given 30 day period of time to complete or be excluded until compliance is met.


    Medication Administration in school:

    • Orders needed from MD for any medication administered at school including OTC (over the counter) medication.
    • HPS Medication Administration Form with Parent Permission is needed from parent/guardian for any medication administered at school including OTC (over the counter) medication.
    • Medication must be supplied in the original bottle with a label from the pharmacy.  Prescription label must match the doctor's order.  Additionally, please send in any other items for administration (yogurt, apple sauce, respiratory supplies, etc.)
    • Please do not send in any medication/supplements mixed in food or beverages
    • Please alert the Health Office of many medication changes or health changes
    • All forms necessary for Medication Administration can be fount on the Health Office Website.


    Annual Health Screenings (At this time annual screenings will be delayed due to Coronavirus Pandemic safety concerns)

    • Height, weight, blood pressure completed annually
    • Vision and hearing are completed per the guidelines for the child’s grade/age.  Notifications will be sent home if referral is needed.
    • Scoliosis screening is completed biannually for students’ aged 10-18. Notifications will be sent home if a referral is needed

    Footwear during the school day

    • Rubber-soled, non-skid closed-toe footwear is safest for our environment.
    • Please no flip-flops, open-toed sandals or crocs.


    Middle School Sports  -  Athletic Forms are located on the HPS website under "Health Office".


    Nutritional Guidelines at HPS(At this time, eating of lunch in school will be delayed due to Coronavirus Pandmice safety concerns)

    In order to promote and protect children’s health, well being, and ability to learn, Haworth Public School carefully follows the NJ Department of Agriculture Law on Nutrition in Schools and is committed to providing an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity for all students. The State of NJ Department of Agriculture created laws (Sept. 2006) that work towards reducing childhood obesity by regulating snacks and beverages sold/served in schools. All food (for snacks, parties, sold or given away) that is brought in must meet the state guidelines of:

    Snacks/beverages nutritional content PER SERVING:

    • Sugar cannot be the first ingredient listed (this means all forms of CANDY)
    • 8 gms or less of total fat
    • 2 gms or less of saturated fat
    • No trans fats
    • Drinks must be either water or 100% fruit juice/vegetable juice or milk/ low fat milk (no sodas/diet sodas)


    Consideration must be taken for those students with Life Threatening Food Allergies or those with Special Dietary Needs by adhering to the following:

    • Parents should always discuss ingredients in advance with the child’s teacher/school nurse and provide the complete written ingredients of any food being served
    • Food lists for class parties should be decided early—please bring labels/lists several days in advance so the school nurse may check them. NO substitution permitted as there are MANY students with food allergies (in almost every food category) and we don’t want any reactions.
    • Parents and teachers must be aware of specific labeling information: statements such as “May contain traces of…” or “May have been processed with/in….” are warning labels and indicate the product could be extremely dangerous for an allergic child and should not be served
    • Any food brought into HPS must have complete food labels (nutritional and ingredients)
    • Please check if any student in your child’s classroom has dietary restrictions (i.e. Gluten Free, Lactose Free, etc.)
    • Please NO peanut/nut products if a student in your child’s classroom has a NUT ALLERGY
    • Please NO homemade products as nutritional content and cross contamination of food allergens in home baked goods cannot be verified.


    Please remember—we are all in this together—we expect everyone will be supportive of these guidelines to help promote the health, well being, and safety of our school children.