CMS Health Office Blog

  • THANK YOU, CMS PTO!

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 11/23/2020 11:00:00 AM

    supplies

    Today a BIG BOX filled with hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes was delivered to the Health Office from the CMS PTO.  I use these items in the Health Office and offer them to the staff.  They go a long way toward keeping us safe and healthy at school!

    Thank you for this box of supplies and for the many supplies contributed in September!  What would we do without you!

     

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  • A Message from the Union County Department of Health

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 11/19/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Parents of a School-aged Child with a Positive COVID-19 Test: Instructions & Next Steps

    1. Request laboratory results from your physician/clinic indicating that your child is positive.  It is important that the date the specimen was collected, the type of test (rapid antigen or RT-PCR), and the name of the laboratory testing the specimen are listed on this report.
    2. Please call the school attendance and notify them that your child will be unable to attend school because they have tested positive for COVID-19.  It is important that the school is aware of your status so they could assist the local health department with identifying close contacts such as teachers, students in the class, and other personnel if the child is involved in additional activities.
    3. Please call the Union County Office of Health Management at 908-518-5620 and provide a copy of your laboratory results to them so your child’s information may be entered into the reporting system in a timely fashion.4.
    4. Your family will then be called by a Case Investigator. This process may take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour in a half.  The Case Investigator will ask personal information such as your name, address, date of birth, gender, your health care provider, current living situation, number of people in your household, any symptoms, pre-existing conditions, occupation, activities and contact information for any “close contacts.”  Therefore, as soon as you test positive, start thinking of your whereabouts in the last 2 weeks. Close contacts are anyone who was within 6 feet of you, for more than 15 minutes cumulatively or in multiple times within the past 24 hours.
    5. A contact tracer will then call your contacts and ask them similar demographic questions as in case investigation as well as information on how they can protect themselves and their loved ones; for example:
    • Understanding their risk
    • How they can monitor for illness
    • How to prevent spreading the virus (even if they do not feel ill)
    • Local support services

    For the next 14 days, contacts will receive follow-ups, either through text messaging or phone calls, to monitor their health and further connect them with the support and resources they may need.

    Contact tracers will collect minimum data (only what is needed to keep your close contacts safe), use it for limited purposes (stopping the spread of COVID-19), and restrict who it is shared with.

     

    Annarelly “Annie” McNair

    Health Officer / Director - Union County Office of Health Management

    Department of Public Safety

    400 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ 07090

    Tel: 908-518-5620   Fax: 908-654-9252

     

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  • A Message From The BHPS Health Department

    Posted by BHPS Health Department on 11/4/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Girl wearing a mask.

    Thank you so much for all of your efforts in following the guidelines and taking the necessary precautions to keep our children healthy.  You are doing an amazing job!  Every day we are able to remain in school is a testament to you, your children, and our staff working together. 


    As we approach the cooler months of the year, flu season is inevitable.  However, there are a few things we can do to help our children continue attending school in person.  If your child is not feeling well, please keep him/her home.  If there is a need for COVID 19 (SARS-CoV-2) testing, please be sure to request that the test that is administered is a PCR test.  It has been confirmed that the PCR test has proven to be the most accurate and is the only type of test that is recorded by the NJ Department of Health.  In the event that a positive result is received, it is imperative that you immediately report this information to your school nurse or your building principal. 

    As we move forward, we must continue to wear masks, (if reusable, wash daily; if not, dispose of it), wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, and be mindful of social distancing at all times. 

    We may not be able to keep everyone healthy all of the time BUT, together, we can minimize the impact of whatever health issues await us over the next few months.  

    My most sincere thanks to all of you, and please keep up the good work!

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  • Your School Nurse Can Help

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 10/2/2020

    Students and families should know that during this uncertain time, your school nurses are available to answer your questions and to respond to your concerns.  

    Please stay in touch.  We are happy to help.

     
    WHAT TO DO IF YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER IS SICK: As always, should you have concerns about your own health or the health of a family member, you should be in direct contact with your family health care provider to seek medical advice.  If you or a family member are exhibiting symptoms of illness, call your doctor. Here is a link from Johns Hopkins Medical Center for more information.  

    WHERE TO SEEK INFORMATION: We all know the benefits of staying informed.  We are faced with additional challenges in the age of social media in knowing which sources we can actually trust. 

    Information about COVID19--the symptoms, the spread of the disease, the rules of social isolation, travel restrictions, etc. can be found via these trusted sources:  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC),  the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the World Health Organization (WHO).  We encourage you to seek information here.  All of these agencies update their sites daily with new information.  (Additionally, the WHO has developed a "Mythbusters" page which is meant to serve as an antidote to misinformation.)

    HOW TO MANAGE MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS: Living through a pandemic is nothing that any of us expected to face in our lifetime.  We know that health is a concept that extends well beyond the physical.  Our district counselors are working to provide a multitude of mental health resources for parents and students.  Please visit this page on our district website for a wealth of information to guide you and your family toward coping emotionally. 

    HOW TO CARE FOR EACH OTHER: We have always known that the health of our community depends on us all.  These words, which we speak in times of more typical illnesses (seasonal flu, for example), are even more important now. When we protect ourselves, we protect our community.  Here is some helpful information from the NJ Department of Health.  

    In the meantime, thank you for caring for yourself and others by:

    Washing your hands with soap and water
    Using hand sanitizer when soap is not available
    Refraining from touching your face
    Practicing Social Distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from others)
    Staying home if you are sick

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  • Have A Great Summer!

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 6/18/2020

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  • To the Class of 2020!

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 6/17/2020

    Graduation

    Congratulations!

    My very best wishes for your success!

    Fondly, Mrs. Prendeville

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  • See You Again

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 6/16/2020
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  • Go You!

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 6/15/2020

    proud

    I am so proud of you, but more importantly, I bet you feel proud of yourself!

    I have said this hundreds of times.

    Best feeling!!

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  • The Jetsons

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 6/13/2020

    I watched The Jetsons when I was a child.  I never imagined that situations that were supposed to be far-fetched space-age in the cartoon would be situations I would live during crazy-mixed-up-coronavirus-social-distancing!!!

    Jetsons

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  • Celebrate Flag Day on Sunday!

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 6/12/2020

    I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands:

    one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

    Flag Day

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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