NJDOH Guidance for Outbreaks in School and Daycare Settings
ince many respiratory infections can spread through schools and daycare centers, this is a reminder that the Communicable Disease Service of the NJDOH has guidance for the management of outbreaks in school and daycare settings.

These guidance documents include useful information for non-outbreak situations, such school exclusion criteria and common control measures.

These documents can be found at:




Please check the above documents periodically for updates that may have occurred.

Information about respiratory hygiene can be found on the CDC website at:  http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/covercough.htm

Information about handwashing is available at:  http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/handwashing.shtml

Please review the Tips From the Health Office below before sending children to school.
Sending children after giving Tylenol is not sufficient to prevent infection from the class. Students should remain home until symptoms subside.

 School Nurse, Helene McKnight

Phone: (973) 680-8570 ext. 2801
Fax: (973) 743-5867


From the Health Office

Emergency Care 

 A comprehensive health service is provided in accordance with state law and the Board of Education policy. Incase of an accident or illness in school, parents/guardians are notified of the health emergency so that the child may be taken home or to a physician. The school cannot provide transportation. In extreme emergencies, the local First Aid Squad will be called.


 Tips From the Health Office

 Keep your child home if he or she has a fever, vomiting/diarrhea or a bad cold or cough.   It is essential that children with communicable diseases be kept home until the contagious period is over and their physician allows them to return to school.  A note from the doctor is highly recommended.

 Please report all contagious disease (strep throat, pink eye, scarlet fever, chicken pox) or contagious conditions to the school nurse promptly. If your child exhibits a skin rash of undetermined origin, please consult your physician before sending the child to school.


Tips From the Health Office

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Up to date, accurate medical information on just about any medical condition. 


American Academy of Pediatrics

The “authority” on current pediatric care/medical information.



General accurate medical information on a plethora of medical conditions, offered in easy to understand lay terms.


Kids Health

Great site for kids to obtain accurate and appropriate health information on multiple topics Offers many interactive activities for kids.


NASN: National Association of School Nursing

Lists their position statements on a variety of issues pertaining to school health.


ASHA: American School Health Association

A professional organization that provides guidance and serves as a resource to a variety of school health professional on the current issues affecting their practice.


American Diabetes Association

Information on diabetes, and in particular, children with diabetes including information pertaining to managing diabetes in school. 



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