Absences and Illnesses

It is the responsibility of the parent or caregiver to notify the office before 9:00 am in the event of a child’s absence. You may also email your child’s teacher, but be aware that emails sent in the morning may not be read until after 9:00 am. After 9:30 am, automatic robo calls from the District will begin calling parents/caregivers who have not called/emailed their child in as absent. A note to the teacher upon the child’s return to school is requested. Also, communicable diseases from an illness such as measles, chicken pox, head lice, etc. should be immediately reported to the school nurse, Mrs. McShane at 973-509-4261. Children with communicable diseases should remain out of school until they are no longer contagious. In addition, students should be fever free without Tylenol/Advil for 24 hours before returning to school and should have no episodes of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.

Sick Day Guidelines: Making the Right Call When Your Child Is Sick


State and local health departments encourage you to stay home if you are sick. This is the most effective way to prevent spreading germs. The cold season is here and the Flu is already widespread. Please keep your child home when he or she:

  • Has a fever of 100 degrees or higher.
  • Has been vomiting or has
  • Keep your child home until “24 HOURS” after last VOMITING or DIARRHEA episode.
  • Has symptoms that would keep him or her from participating comfortably in school, such as:
    • Feels very tired or has lack of appetite—a minor sore throat is ok for school, 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, or a rash that accompanies the sore throat. Call your doctor if your child has these symptoms. A special test (throat culture) is needed to know if it is strep.
  • Keep your child home if he or she is coughing or sneezing frequently, as that spreads cold germs to others. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours; returning to school too soon may slow recovery and expose other people unnecessarily.

Please help others from becoming sick by keeping your child home during the worst of his or her illness.


Students are not allowed to bring medication to school. If a child needs medication during school hours, the parent or caregiver must bring the medication to the school office to be left in the care of the school nurse.

For more information, or if you have questions, please contact the School Nurse:, Marjorie McShane, R.N.

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