Welcome to the Tenafly High School Health Office Page. This page is designed to provide parents/guardians, students, and staff with current health information, health policies and procedures.
THS Face Mask Requirements:
A good cloth mask should consist of 3 layers. How a mask fits is just as important as what it is made of. The mask should be placed over the nose and mouth and secured under the chin. Try to fit it snugly against the sides of the face, and make sure you can breathe easily. They should be washed after each use. Disposable masks should be changed daily, or if soiled damp or damaged. Students should have a backup mask if there is an issue. Masks are not to be shared.
Masks with exhalation valves or vents allow droplets to be expelled which can potentially spread COVID-19. Therefore this type of mask in not permitted to be used in school. The use of face shield in place of a mask is not recommend by the CDC due to the ineffectiveness for controlling the spread of the virus.
If for some reason there may be a challenge wearing a mask, consult your health care provider for advice about wearing a mask. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the health office to discuss the matter.
Preparing K-12 School Administrators for a Safe Return to School in Fall 2020
Schools and Childcare Programs
New students are required to submit proof of a recent physical examination, within one year, completed by their doctor. Any current students that have updated physical examination and/or immunization should also submit this information to the health office. Please notify the health office of any changes in health conditions or concerns. For your convenience a Health History Form may be downloaded and returned to the Health Office.
Before any medication may be administered to or by any student during school hours, written permission from the parent/guardian and signed orders from the doctor are required, as per the THS Medication Policy at the bottom of this page. For your convenience the Medication Dispensing Form may be downloaded and returned to the Health Office. If your child has asthma or a food allergy there are forms in the "New Student Forms", located in the files at the bottom of this page that need to be completed.
UPDATING HEALTH RECORDS
We review and update the health records of all the students at THS and ask that any changes in a student’s medical condition or any additional information such as allergies or medications be forwarded to the health office. All information is confidential and is important when treating your child. In order to keep our records current, any recent physical examination or proof of any recent immunization should be sent to the Health Office.
EXCUSE AN ABSENCEAs per the Tiger Q “Extended Consecutive Absences: "Students returning from an extended absence of three or more days must submit a note from their physician to the Health Office within three school days after the student’s return to school. The physician’s note should list the corresponding dates of absences. If a physician’s note is received within three school days after the student’s return, the third and consecutive absences will be excluded from counting toward the maximum absence limits. If a physician’s note is not received within three school days after the student’s return, the absences will count toward the maximum absence limits.”
If a student has a chronic condition, a current doctor's note is required documenting the condition and how attendance or school activity would be impacted. Updated notes are required for each school year. When the student is absent due to this condition the nurse needs to be notified.
Sick Day Guidelines: Making the Right Call When Your Child Has a Cold”
Consider keeping your child home if he or she:
• Has a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher
• Has been vomiting
• Has symptoms that prevent him or her from participating in school, such as:
− Excessive tiredness or lack of appetite
− Productive coughing, sneezing
− Headache, body aches, earache
− Sore throat
A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat even if there is no fever. Other symptoms of strep throat in children are headache and stomach upset. Contact your pediatrician as your child needs a special test to determine if it is strep throat.
Keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and expose others unnecessarily to illness.
• The flu is serious! Call your pediatrician at the first sign of flu symptoms, which typically come on suddenly, including:
− High fever
− Head ache, body aches, ear ache
− Nausea, vomiting
− Dry cough
To insure the safety of our students, we ask that students advise the nurse of any injury that may alter their school day, especially the use of the stairways. Any students returning to school on crutches, in casts, or wearing any type of orthopedic braces or support must see the nurse before starting the school day. Use a wheelchair must be arranged prior to the student returning to school.