•          Mountain Park Elementary School 2021/22           


    Cathy Lake, RN                                                    Phone (908) 464-1713 x4530

    School Nurse                                                      clake@bhpsnj.org


    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    I would like to extend a warm welcome to all Mountain Park students and their parents. 

    I look forward to working collaboratively with you and your children during the 2021- 2022 school year.  For your child’s health and safety, I would like to share a few items with you.


    ATTENDANCE: The school nurse is responsible for daily attendance. 

    If your child will be absent or late, please leave a voicemail message or send an email with your child’s name, grade, teacher and reason for absence by 8:00am. For the absentee line dial 908-464-1713 and press 1 to leave your message or send an email to clake@bhpsnj.org


    • When your child is late, a parent/caregiver must sign the student in.  The student sign-in book is located in the front lobby.
    • When picking up your child early, he/she should be signed out in the student sign-out book also located in the front lobby.



    This year, there will not be a daily health screening form to complete each morning. However, parents will still be required to check their child’s health status (ie.temperature, flu-like symptoms etc.) each morning prior to school.  Please do not send your child to school if they have symptoms (see guideline below).  Parents will be asked to sign a one time agreement relating to illness and symptoms in the beginning of the school year.  More details on this will follow.


    ILLNESS:  If your child is diagnosed with any of the following communicable illnesses, please notify the nurse: COVID-19, strep throat, impetigo, pink eye, flu, scabies, ringworm, fifth’s disease etc.

    Some guidelines for when you should consider keeping your child home from school:

    1. Fever of 100.0 degrees of higher  Your child must be fever free for 24 hours without Tylenol/Advil before returning to school.
    2. Cough
    3. Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea 
    4. Sore throat
    5. Headache
    6. Congestion/runny nose
    7. Unexplained rashes, sores, crusty inflamed red eyes or other signs of contagious problems
    8. Any communicable diseases

    Please remember our best defense against illness/germs is good hand washing, so encourage your child to wash his/her hands often with warm soap and water.




    The district medication policy and medication forms can be found on the Mountain Park School website at https://www.bhpsnj.org/domain/281.

    • If your child should need to take prescription medication during the school day, please have their physician complete the medication forms and bring them to the health office with the medication.  Prescription medication must be in the original container labeled by the pharmacy. 
    • Over-the-Counter medication, approved by the FDA, can only be administered by the school nurse with completed Parent Permission for Over-the Counter Medication form (this includes cough drops).  Please bring in medication labeled with your child’s name.

    All medication must be delivered to the health office by an adult with the child’s name label on it.  Parents/Guardians may administer medication to their child at any time during school, if needed.


    HEALTH CONCERNS: Please inform the school nurse of medical conditions or concerns and any changes in health status. 

    It is important for the school nurse to know medications your child takes regularly. 

    All medical information is confidential.


    HEAD LICE:  It’s a nuisance all schools have.  Communication between parents and school will help keep this pest to a minimum

    • Parents should consistently be checking their child’s head and treat, if necessary.
    • If you suspect head lice at home, please inform the school nurse immediately.


    HEALTHY MEALS/SNACKS:  It is our goal that your children develop healthy eating habits.  Please be sure your child has a nutritious breakfast before the start of each school day and provide them with a healthy lunch/snacks, so they will have energy for learning and activities. 


    FOOD ALLERGIES:  The safety of our students with allergies is a priority.

    For this reason, all classrooms at Mountain Park will be nut-free.  Please be sure all snacks sent in for your child are nut-free.  These guidelines apply to classroom snack time and class parties only, as we have a nut-free table in the cafeteria.  


    ATTIRE FOR SAFETY & COMFORT:  Sneakers are recommended for school as they are the most comfortable and safe for running and sports activities.  

    In the winter months the students will spend both recess and gym outdoors when weather permits, so we advise that you send your child to school in a warm jacket, gloves & hat.  


    EMERGENCY CONTACTS:  Please report any changes in contact numbers, so we can be sure to reach you or another designated caregiver, in the event of an illness or emergency.


    Feel free to contact me at any time with questions or concerns.  


    Cathy Lake, RN

    Mountain Park School Nurse