Health & Wellness

Daily Wellness Checklist

Please contact the nursing office anytime with questions or assistance in decision making regarding your child’s attendance to school.

Bridget Marcato RN (973) 539-3032 ext 530.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

When to seek emergency medical attention:

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This is not a list of all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Suspected COVID-19 Case Protocol

MBS will establish a standard of care for handling suspected cases of COVID-19 within the school community, following guidelines set by the NJDOH, the NJDOE, and the CDC.

Understanding Possible Exposure to COVID-19

MBS will develop and administer a COVID-19 survey to parents and students through the Magnus Health Portal. The survey will be updated as needed with questions related to previous exposure to COVID-19. Survey questions may include:

  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19?
    • If diagnosed with COVID-19, were you symptomatic?
    • If diagnosed with COVID-19, were you hospitalized?
  • Have you had any known exposure to anyone who tested positive for COVID-19?
  • Have you experienced any cold, fever, or flu-like symptoms in recent weeks?
  • [For Parents] Please list two reliable emergency contacts who can pick up your child within an hour in the event they become ill at school while you are unavailable.
  • Have you traveled outside of NJ in the last 14 days?

Protocol for Suspected COVID-19 Cases

Following a return to campus, MBS will implement the following standards of care for suspected cases of COVID-19:

  • Isolating the student and monitoring temperature and symptoms
  • Ensuring pick-up by a parent or emergency contact within one hour
  • Having the Nurse’s Office staff escort the ill student to the car (when possible) to limit the number of visitors in the building

Contact Tracing 

If a student, faculty member, or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, that student will be asked to isolate at home and MBS will close for 24 hours to allow for deep cleaning. Relevant local public health departments will be informed of the positive case and MBS will support their contact tracing efforts in a manner that respects privacy. Contact-tracing includes an investigation of direct contacts (peers, teachers, siblings, or any individual seen face-to-face for a minimum of 15 minutes).

MBS is prepared to assist with contact-tracing activities. Each member of the student body has been identified by county, and the MBS Nurse’s Office has contacts in place with the relevant local health departments to receive the latest reports and recommendations.

Families will report positive cases to the Nurse, who will keep a confidential record to track students and coordinate return-to-school dates. Any students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days, based on CDC recommendations.

Returning to School Following a COVID-19 Diagnosis

Students who test positive for COVID-19 may only return to campus when the guidelines set out by the CDC and the State of New Jersey have been met. These include:

  • Following local health department guidance for exclusion and return to school
  • Requiring students wait at least 10 days after first symptoms appeared AND are symptom-free AND have gone 72 hours fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication
  • Note: Those who test positive but show no symptoms must remain home for 10 days following the test
Changes to the Nurse’s Office

MBS will relocate and redesign the Nurse’s Office to allow for safe practices and social distancing.

Nurse’s Office Location

The Nurse’s Office will be reconfigured to allow for safer practices. Changes include: 

  • Increased space (approximately 1,300 square feet) to avoid overcrowding and maintain social distancing
  • A new location away from classrooms, where students will be triaged upon arrival and sent to appropriate stations for care
  • Sectioned-off spaces within the Office, allowing for isolation of students presenting with symptoms of COVID-19

Nurse’s Office Practices 

The Nurse’s Office will adjust staffing and processes to maintain safety. Changes include:

  • Increased Nurse’s Office staff to safely manage students who are ill
  • Midday cleanings by Nurse’s Office staff and support staff to disinfect doorknobs and other frequently-touched surfaces
  • Thorough daily cleaning of the Nurse’s Office by custodians
  • Nurse’s Office staff will wear N95 masks as needed, and will purchase scrub-type cover coats that can be laundered as needed
COVID-19 Prevention and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

MBS will follow directives regarding PPE provided by the NJDOH, the NJDOE, and the CDC. All MBS students will arrive at school with a face mask brought from home and labeled with their name. All faculty and staff will be required to wear a face covering in classrooms and common spaces.

All MBS students and faculty will self-monitor their temperatures and any symptoms of COVID-19 prior to arriving at school and will follow up with the Nurse’s Office as needed for further support and guidance.

All students, faculty and staff will have their temperature taken by a doorway scanner upon arrival each morning.

PPE for Students

MBS will require students on campus take the following actions regarding use of PPE:

  • Students must wear masks at all times, except when eating lunch. Masks should be provided by the student; extra masks will be available in the Nurse’s Office in the event of loss or damage to a student’s mask. Students in flagrant violation of the School mask policy may be sent home.

  • PPE should be labeled with the owner’s name and worn properly at all times.

  • Students, faculty, and staff will be instructed on proper mask use (including how to wear them and how to wash them each night) during orientation.

  • Masks must fit properly and must not contain an exhaust valve.

  • All faculty and staff will be responsible for enforcing proper use of PPE among students.

  • To ease comfort for students as they wear masks (and to facilitate transition to sports without use of the changing rooms), the dress code will approximate the standards for “dress down day.”

PPE for Faculty and Staff 

MBS will take the following actions regarding faculty and staff use of PPE:

  • MBS will provide PPE for faculty and staff; alternatively, they may choose to bring their own equipment.
    • All faculty and staff will be required to wear a face covering in classrooms and common spaces.
    • Nurse’s Office staff will be equipped with N95 masks and scrub-type cover coats that can be laundered as needed.
    • Faculty and staff who self-identify as higher-risk will have access to N95 and KN95 masks.
    • Extra disposable and fabric masks will be available in the Nurse’s Office.

Health and hygiene best practices 

MBS will provide ongoing health and hygiene education for students, faculty, and staff. These instructions will include continual reinforcement on the following:

  • Proper mask-wearing techniques
  • Students not wearing masks will be sent home
  • Protocol for temperature checks
    • Temperatures should be taken at home prior to leaving for school
    • Thermal temperatures will be taken upon arrival to school
    • Students with temperatures above 100.4 will be isolated and evaluated in the Nurse’s Office and sent home
    • Frequent handwashing and other hygiene techniques
    • Vaccination recommendations (i.e., value of flu vaccine)
    • Other best practices, including staying home when sick (for both physical ailments and mental health)
Mental Health Support

MBS will establish a variety of methods for students to receive the mental health support they need. This will include a consistent attendance protocol that involves a report to the school Nurse to follow up with families to guide students with suspected illness.

MBS will equip advisors and teachers with the instruction and tools needed to guide students who present the need for additional mental health support. Tactics include:

  • Working with faculty to effectively identify students who may be in need of mental health support

  • Educating faculty before the start of the school year about what to say and do in certain situations

  • Offering summer support through the Centers for Teaching and Learning (CTL) for students who feel they have fallen behind during school closure

  • Holding online morning meetings with students and faculty to address collective concerns, ask and answer questions, and reduce worries

  • Surveying students with emotional check-ins and following up as needed

  • Encouraging students to make appointments with guidance counselors as needed; appointment times will help ensure proper social distancing and disinfection of office

  • Notifying the Nurse’s Office of any student absences for both on-campus students and online students so the school can identify those who are genuinely sick vs. those who are feeling overwhelmed

Crisis Management

Drills at school will be reworked to allow all students on campus to evacuate buildings safely while maintaining order and social distancing.

If we continue to have mandated fire and crisis drills throughout the year, the football field will become the gathering place, with marks on the field to allow for social distancing. The school may need to use both upper turf and the football field to allow for adequate social distancing.

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