Health Office

      

          Mrs. Kathleen Sclafani, RN BSN CSN-NJ

          James Monroe Elementary School Nurse

          Edison Township Board of Education

              kathleen.sclafani@edison.k12.nj.us

             Phone:                        732-452-2970 Extension 62004
             Fax:                              732-452-2975
             School Address:        7 Sharp Road, Edison, NJ 08837
             Office Hours:              8:45 am - 3:45 pm

 

  1. Affiliations: 

  • National Association of School Nurses

  • New Jersey State School Nurses Association

  • Middlesex County School Nurses Association

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

  • James Monroe School Health & Safety Committee   Updated recommendations from the Edison Township Public School district per CDC recommendations for Respiratory Illnesses:

    • All staff and students to stay home and away from others when feeling ill

    • All staff and students to practice good hygiene by covering coughs and sneezes and regularly washing their hands.

    • All staff and students are encouraged to return to normal activities after being diagnosed with Influenza, Covid-19, and other respiratory viruses 

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  • WHEN:  

  • Symptoms have improved

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  • ANDAre fever-free for 24 hrs without the use of fever-reducing medication

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  • Are respectfully requested to wear a well-fitting mask for 5 days upon their return to normal activities.

Immunizations:

  • Parents of 5th graders, you will receive a notice in April of a vaccine requirement for entering the 6th grade. Please bring this notice with you to your doctor or clinic appointment along w/ a copy of your students immunization record. Once received, kindly send the completed record to the health office.

april 2024 nEWSLETTER INFORMATION

  • If you do not have insurance that covers Physicals, Flu shots or other Immunizations, please call and make an appointment at the Edison Health Department for their next immunization clinic.

  • Schedule your appointment by calling the Toth Memorial Health Center at 80 Idlewild Road, Edison, NJ 08817 at 732-248-7286.

Don’t forget to send your documents to the school nurse please!!

april 2024 health observances

AUTISM IS WIDESPREAD, AWARENESS ABOUT THIS CONDITION IS NOT.

In the United States, autism affects 1 in every 54 children (Marissa Walsh, Pharm.D., BCPS-AQ ID, 2021). Today, autism diagnoses usually happen in early childhood, which may be why autism rates in children are higher than those in adults. However, because the definition of autism spectrum disorder has drastically evolved, many teens and adults could be living with undiagnosed ASD. Prevalence estimates of autism in adults born between 1980 and 2012 are predicted to affect 3 out of every 100 adults in the U.S. and in the future could carry a diagnosis based on this new criteria. (Open Minds, 2018)

World Autism Awareness Month aims to make the public more aware about

this widespread disability and the issues which arise in the autism community. The

chances are high that you know someone with this disability. A better informed

public will be more empathetic and supportive towards people with autism.

If you have a concern about your child’s development, always discuss these

concerns with your child’s doctor. Parent-teacher conferences are an ideal time to

ask questions about your child’s progress and challenges. Your child’s pediatrician

may ask you to obtain information regarding his/her performance in education and

social emotional development which is recognized through teachers who share

experiences with your child on a regular basis.

Autism Advocacy for Individuals & Their Families - Autism Family Services of New Jersey is a state-wide, non-profit charitable agency dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for people affected by autism and their loved ones. 

Check out their website for information on events, resources for at-home behavioral therapy, health, education, support services, lists of New Jersey Public and Private Agencies serving the needs of families affected by autism and more. https://autismfamilyservicesnj.org/family-resource-network/

For more information on World Autism Awareness Day April 2nd, visit the United Nations Page:

https://www.un.org/en/observances/autism-day?_gl=1*1l8gxzq*_ga*MjAzNTc4NDk4OC4xNjgwMjcxMjE2*_ga_TK9BQL5X7Z*MTY4MDI3MTIxNi4xLjEuMTY4MDI3MTIzNi4wLjAuMA.

This will also provide you with links to Autism e-newsletters, affiliate’s and more. C check out this site for upcoming events in New Jersey with the New Jersey

Autism, Inc. https://www.autismnj.org/.

Click this link for Top Autism Websites Recommended by Parents:https://eden2.org/top-10-autism-websites-recommended-by-parents/

References:

Marissa Walsh, Pharm.D., BCPS-AQ ID, M. (2021). Autism statistics 2021.

https://www.singlecare.com/blog/news/autism-statistics/

Students Who Are At Home Sick and/or Sent Home

Edison School District follows CDC recommendations: if your student is home with symptoms, or sent home because of symptoms of illness that are deemed possibly infectious, he/she/they are expected to remain out of school until their symptoms HAVE IMPROVED and they are fever free for 24 hours without taking medications such as Tylenol or Advil to keep body temperature low.  If your child has symptoms of:

  • Influenza (flu) https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/keyfacts.htm
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) https://www.cdc.gov/rsv/index.html
  • Strep  Throat https://www.cdc.gov/groupastrep/diseases-public/strep-throat.html
  • Covid-19 -https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/whats-new-all.html#:~:text=What's%20New%20%26%20Updated&text=CDC&text=Given%20new%20evidence%20on%20the,schools%2C%20regardless%20of%20vaccination%20status.

and/or other viral illnesses, please have your child seen by their doctor to help prevent further debilitating illness and the spread of their illness to others.  

DOCTOR'S NOTES 

Please email these results to the health office and relay how your student's symptoms have improved before sending.  If your student has a cough that disrupts their own ability to do classwork and disrupts the curriculum for surrounding students and teachers, your child needs to stay home until it is improved. Please seek guidance from their pediatrician to help this happen and a note from the doctor with a return date. *Please note, school district protocol supersedes  the doctors note to return to school if your student has acute symptoms that are not improved. 

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