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School Nurse

Courtney Kincade, RN

 

 

NURSE BIOGRAPHY

 

Courtney Kincade is happy to join HCA as our new school nurse.  She is new to her role here, but has been a member of our community for several years - her daughter is a 2018 graduate of HCA!

Courtney's background is in community health nursing, which lends itself well to our school environment, especially this year and the unique challenges it brings.  Courtney's primary focus is working with community health officials, school administration, staff and students to make this year a safe and successful one for all.  

Please feel free to reach out to Courtney via phone or email with any concerns.

The CDC has created a back to school checklist to provide guidelines and information on keeping your child safe. The link below provides access to this list.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/pdf/Back-to-School-Planning-for-In-Person-Classes.pdf

Additionally, students are learning to cope in a new environment, at school and everywhere.  The following link provides information on how to help your child meet these new challenges.

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/coronavirus-how-talk-child.html

REMINDER

In addition to the challenges presented by COVID, we are now entering allergy and flu season.  If your student is experiencing symptoms of any kind, he or she should remain at home until feeling well and symptoms subside.  During this time, should your student feel well enough to attend school virtually, our staff is available to prepare materials to be retrieved from school if that is necessary.  Students attending school virtually will not be marked as absent.  As always, please contact HCA promptly if your student will be absent due to illness.  If you are unsure if your student should be attending school in-person, for any health-related concern including virus exposure, please contact Mrs. Perez or Courtney for assistance in making this determination prior to reporting to school.

Please keep in mind, if anyone in your home has any COVID symptoms, please do not bring your student to school.  Please contact your healthcare provider should any of the below symptoms occur.

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

We thank all of our HCA families for helping to keep our school safe!

New Jersey requires that students under 59 months of age receive a flu vaccination.  If your student falls into this age range, please provide documentation of a flu vaccination at your earliest convenience.  A flu vaccination is recommended for all students by 1/2021.

***PLEASE*** If you have received a request to submit documentation of a physical exam and an updated immunization record to the school, please do so as soon as possible.  

The health and safety of our students remains our highest priority and we appreciate your assistance in this endeavor.  

PRINTABLE MEDICAL FORMS

 

Please, provide all emergency medications with proper documentation, signed by your child's health care provider to the nurse as soon as possible.  Also, all 2020-2021 Well Child Physicals are to be submitted to the School Nurse.  Medical forms to be filled out by your child's health care provider are provided in the link above titled "Printable Medical Forms".  Please print out the Universal Health Record and bring the blank form to be filled out by the Pediatrician and submit to the School Nurse.  If your child is to participate in Athletics, please print out the Sports Participation Physical form and return to school before the sport begins.

·        All students are required to have an updated immunization record on file in order to be in school.  Influenza vaccines are mandatory ny NJ State law for children ages 6 to 59 months of age.  All students ages up to 59 months as of December 31st must provide documentation of receipt of annual flu shot.  Students who fail to provide documentation by reopen date in January will be EXCLUDED from attending school until proper documentation is provided.

·        Annual school health screenings for vision, hearing, height, weight and blood pressure (K-8th Grade) will be conducted on Fridays throughout the school year. You will be promptly notified of any referrals.  Scoliosis screenings will take place in the month of May.  Consents will be sent home in advance.  Please, if you would like your child to be screened for scoliosis, sign and return the consent form in a timely manner.

·        Allergy & Asthma season is here. Monitor all symptoms closely and follow your health care provider’s advice.  Medical care plans, rescue inhalers, and Epi pens are a necessity. Please be sure to provide all rescue medication to the School Nurse alongside proper documentation, if you have not done so already.  All medications must have a printed pharmacy label with your child's name on box.

·        If your child has a health condition or needs special care during the school day such as medication, treatments, or monitoring, please inform the school nurse. 

·        Please make sure that the emergency contact information on file in the school office is accurate and kept.

Children must be fever-free for 72 hours or more to return to school.  If your child incurs 3 or more consecutive absences, a doctor's note is required to return to school.  If you are unsure if your child should return to school, please contact the school nurse.  

If you have any questions or if your child has any medical concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the School Nurse. 

Students who need medication during school hours (including inhalers and EpiPens) will need to have an adult or guardian complete the medication form accompanied by a physician’s order to have medication administered during school. All medication received by the nurses office must be in its original pharmacy labeled container. Please be sure to check out the School Nurse Website online, all health-related school forms are online and can be printed at home if needed. I have also included helpful information about school screenings, health links. 

CONTACT SCHOOL NURSE

 

t. 201.963.9535

f. 201.963.1256

schoolnurse@hobokencatholic.org