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School Nurse » Nurse's Corner

Nurse's Corner

Jane Donlon, South Mountain School Nurse
973-921-1394, x36008


In an effort to keep our South Mountain community healthy and safe, I have a few reminders to share as we go into this next week of virtual learning and approach the holiday season.
Please remind everyone who is entering your home (home therapists, tutors, babysitters, etc.) to wear masks and to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene while in your home.  Activities outside of the school setting directly affect our South Mountain community. 
Please also be mindful of any travel plans you may have and refer to New Jersey's list of states that require a 14 day quarantine upon return.  Note: Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Connecticut are not currently on our list due to proximity, but have been experiencing increased case counts.
Thank you for all that you are doing to keep our SMS community safe and healthy!  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


Incoming students:
Preschool, Kindergarten and all transfer students must have up to date immunizations prior to starting school.
If your child has any health issues please contact school nurse as soon as possible to provide information and establish a plan of care. 
Preschool Students:
According to N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.19, “children six months through 59 months of age attending any licensed child care center, or preschool facility on or after September 1, 2008, shall annually receive at least one dose of influenza vaccine between September 1 and December 31 of each year.”

As soon as your preschool child has received his or her flu vaccine, please send in proof from their doctor so that I may record it in their chart.  If I do not receive proof of your child receiving the flu vaccine before we leave for winter break on December 23rd, 2020, your child will not be able to return to school on January 4th, 2021. Please note, this requirement is for all students regardless of whether they are attending school in person or not. See below for more information from the Vaccine Preventable Disease Program.


Medication Administration at School:
School Nurses are not permitted to dispense medication to students in school without a doctor's order. This includes over the counter products. 
Medication in the original bottle, and necessary paperwork from the health care provider must be submitted to the Nurse's office if your child needs to take medication during school hours.  Forms are located on the right.



Millburn School District is carefully monitoring and responding to information as we receive it, surrounding COVID-19. The safety of our students, staff, faculty and community is our highest priority. We receive our information from the Centers for Disease Control CDC, as well as the New Jersey Department of Health NJDOH, our local health department LHD, Johns Hopkins University Center for Science and Engineering JHU, and the US State Department State Department Travel Advisory
Under this guidance we have developed several COVID-19 procedures, these include:
  • Screening for all staff, faculty and once our students return they too will be screened.
  • Intensive cleaning before, during and after the school day.
  • Setting up the classrooms to maintain social distancing.
  • All staff, faculty and students must wear masks in the building.
  • Handwashing and sanitizing stations throughout the buildings.
How you can help:
  • Monitor your child's health by taking daily temperatures
  • Keep your child home if unwell
  • Pick up your child promptly if he or she becomes unwell during the school day
  • Follow the travel restriction guidelines
  • Prepare your child to wear a mask and practice social distancing in school

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With the cold and flu season upon us it is important to keep our children healthy by following good health practices. Common symptoms of the flu include high fever, severe headache, muscle and body aches, chills, sore throat, exhaustion and dry cough. Children may also have nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Oftentimes, cold symptoms come on gradually and they include stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat and hacking cough.

Usually, the cold and flu viruses are spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. It is important to recognize the symptoms and know when to keep your child home. 


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent your child from getting the flu is to take him/her to get a flu vaccine. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and up.  New Jersey requires all children ages 6 months to 59 months to have an annual flu vaccine while enrolled in school or childcare setting.

Talk to your child about practicing good health habits, such as:

-Washing hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds (as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song)

-Covering mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing-‐preferably into the inside of the elbow or with a tissue and disposing of the tissue immediately into the trash

-Avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth

-Eating a well-balanced diet and getting plenty of rest to establish a healthy immune system 

You can prevent spreading illness to others by keeping your sick children home from school until they have been fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication). It is important for your sick child to get rest and drink plenty of fluids.

The novel coronavirus strain that has been in the news lately (Covid-19) can also be prevented with good hand hygiene, covering coughs and sneezes, keeping your hands away from your face, and daily disinfecting.  Frequent and proper hand washing is our number one line of defense against all circulating illnesses.


This time of the year can be particularly rough on skin.  Many children will experience chapped skin including cracked lips and raw noses.  Please encourage your children to apply chapstick and lotion at home to prevent dry, cracked, and irritated skin.  You may also send chapstick into school with your child. Using a humidifier at home can also help with dry skin and noses, and may even help the immune system function more efficiently.

It is important to keep your child hydrated, even though the weather is not hot anymore.  Proper hydration will help the skin from becoming irritated and it will also help to prevent frequent headaches and nosebleeds. Sending in a water bottle with your child will help to remind them to stay hydrated.


Our custodians are hard at work making sure the school stays clean.  Daily, the classrooms are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Particular attention is paid to frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, handles, and faucets.  We have a Curis Disinfecting Atomizer that helps to further disinfect the classrooms as well as several new antibacterial dispensers throughout the school.  

Hand washing, hand hygiene, and proper coughing/sneezing techniques have all been discussed in the primary grade classes.  These topics are reinforced by faculty members daily and posters to serve as additional reminders are hung in classrooms, bathrooms and throughout the building.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Jane Donlon RN, School Nurse, at or 973-921-1394 ext. 36008.

For more information, please visit the Center for Disease Control website: or