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The Ho-Ho-Kus School Health Office

Phone:  201-652-3236       Fax:   201-652-2824

Kate Cinquegrana, RN, Certified School Nurse

Tracy Materetsky, RN, BSN

Welcome to the Ho-Ho-Kus School Health Office website.  In the Health Office. it is our goal to partner with you and the Ho-Ho-Kus staff to keep students healthy and ready to learn.  Please click on the links below for information on the following topics.

Illness

At times it may be hard to know when to keep your child home from school due to illness.  It may come down to a judgment call and your intuition usually gives you the answer.  Here are a few rules of thumb to keep in mind as you make your decision that may be helpful:

  • If a child has vomiting or diarrhea in the morning or the night before -- they should stay home.
  • If a child has a fever -- 100 degrees or higher, they should stay home for 24 hours after the fever has subsided without the use of fever reducing medication.  Please be aware that if their temperature is 99.4 or higher, the fever may be on the way up!
  • If a child complains of sore throat in combination with headache and /or vomiting, it is suspicious for strep throat. If they have strep throat, they MUST stay home until they have taken antibiotics for 24 hours.
  • If a child has discharge or crusting from eyes, please consult the pediatrician. They should be treated and be discharge-free before returning to school.
  • If a child has a heavy cold or any illness that prevents them from being able to focus in the classroom or might disturb the rest of the class, such as an incessant cough, a day at home might make all the difference.

Absences

If your child will remain home from school due to illness or arrive late due to an appointment, be sure to call the Health Office at 201-652-3236 and state the student’s name, grade and homeroom teacher’s name and reason for absence prior to 8:00am.  A call will be necessary for every day your child will be absent from school.

Injuries

If your child sustains an injury that requires sutures, a cast, immobilizer, crutches, etc. or has sustained a head injury, please contact me regarding the injury.  If your child cannot participate in any activity, i.e. PE, a doctor’s note is required that indicates the injury, the length of the restriction and a return to play date.  Please send this note to the Health Office with your child on the first day of exclusion.

Medications

Finally, if your child requires medication, new doctor’s orders are required each school year.  Medication forms, Food Allergy Action Plans and Asthma Treatment Plans are on the district website under Health Office, Health Forms.  Please be sure these orders filled out by your doctor and include the name of the student, the name of the medication, the dosage, the time to be given and the frequency to be medicated.  They must be dated, stamped and signed by your physician. Parental permission is also required before medication may be given in school.  Please note over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, cough drops or lozenges, eye drops and nasal sprays may not be administered without a doctor’s order.

Please feel free to contact me with any health concerns regarding your child at 201.652.3236 or please email me at kcinquegrana@hohokus.org .

I look forward to another rewarding and exciting year!!!

Kate Cinquegrana, RN, CSN

 

 

 


“The Ho-Ho-Kus Public School is committed to a high standard of academic excellence in compliance with the
core curriculum content standards in a safe and nurturing environment that will allow students to maximize their
potential and prepare them to be responsible, contributing members of a diverse society.”