Please use the following information to determine when to send your child back to school after illness. Please report all absences & illness via the absences line or through the Genesis Parent Portal. 




    A student will be sent home from school for a T >100.4F, vomiting, diarrhea, a persistant cough, COVID-related symptoms, a head injury or other illnesses/symptoms that prevent your child from being able to concentrate and have a productive day. Optimal health is conducive to optimal learning! You may receive a call if your child has bumped their head in school, although you do not have to pick them up, I feel it is important to alert you to the injury. 


    Please refer to the COVID-19 section for keeping your child home if the child, sibling, parent, or close contact has been diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19. 

    Fever/Respiratory Illness/Flu-like Illness: A student may return once they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication (i.e. tylenol, motrin) and have mild to no symptoms

    Strep Throat: A student may return once they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours and are fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication

    Pink Eye: A student may return once they have been taking prescribed eye drops for 24 hours. This often goes along with a viral illness, so please ensure your child is also feeling well enough to return to school.

    GI Illness: Student may return once they have not had vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours and are able to tolerate a normal diet

    ***If your child is returning to school and needs to take medication during the school day, please see the information below***



    ALL medications required by students must be administered by the school nurse under the following conditions:

    1. The medicine must be brought by a parent to the nurse in the original pharmacy bottle or container. The label must include the name of the doctor, the name of the medication, dosage, and duration of treatment.

    2. A doctor's note is required for all prescription and non-prescription medications. The note must include the child's name, the name of the medication, the dose of the  medication, and the time the medication is to be given. 

    ***Students are NOT allowed to carry or administer their own medications during the day**** The exception to this rule is for epinephrine autoinjectors or inhalers if the doctor has signed a " self-carry" order indicating the student can carry and properly self-administer the prescribed medication.

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions

    Dawn McDonough, School Nurse

    973-267-6398 x105


Last Modified on September 27, 2022