|ES Health Office|
NICOLE CAHILL, RN, BSN, CSN
HIGH BRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
(908) 638-4105 EXT. 4218
I would like you all to know that although we are apart, I am still here to help. If you have any health related concerns or questions, please feel free to call or email me. I am still available to help and support you daily from 8:15am-3:30 pm. I am in my office regularly and available by email when working at home.
Please Contact Me If:
You have any questions or concerns
Your child requires medication to be given at school
There is a change in the health status of your child, ie:
A new medical diagnosis
A significant illness (especially flu or strep infection) or injury
Admitted to hospital
Starts or stops taking medication (this helps to monitor side effects, health status or performance at school)
Information is kept confidential & only shared with teacher/other staff at your request or if required to prevent emergencies. (Do not assume that telling another staff member means that I am informed.)
Please CALL the health office with confidential information or if message needs to be received the same day-notes or emails are not always received in time.
In order to maintain the health and safety of all students and staff, parents must review the following each morning before sending your child to school.
Daily pre-attendance checklist for students:
Does your child have any of the following:
Fever (100* or above without taking fever reducing medication) or chills
Cough (not related to allergies or asthma)
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (not related to exercise or asthma)
Muscle or body aches (not related to injury or strain)
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose (not related to allergies)
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea (more than 1 loose bowel movement)
Has your child had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) in the
last 14 days with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19?
Is your child or any member of your household isolating or quarantining because they are suspected of being sick with COVID-19 or has any health department or health care provider been in contact with you and advised you to quarantine your child?
Has your child or any member of your household traveled to any state or country within the last 14 days that requires them to quarantine?
NJ travel advisory list:
International travel advisory:
Is your child currently waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test?
*If yes to any of the above, student should not go to school. Contact your child’s school nurse for instructions.
By sending your child to school you are attesting that the answer to all of the above questions are “No” on that day . If you have any question about your student’s health, please err on the side of excluding them from school and seek medical attention for evaluation. Especially in this current situation, “if in doubt…..keep them out!” You can contact the school nurse for guidance before sending them. It may simply mean that your child will be able to come into school late or will need to attend school virtually. Better late or virtual than possibly exposing others.
Please contact the school nurse ASAP if your child has tested positive for COVID-19. We appreciate your cooperation in this very important health matter. We are counting on everyone to do their part in controlling this virus so we can keep our schools open.
Hunterdon Healthcare COVID-19 Hotline: 908-788-6440
This hotline was created for the community to call with any questions you may have regarding Coronavirus and will be opened 8:00am-8:00pm, seven days a week. Please utilize this number in lieu of calling the health department for your COVID-19 questions.
Although, we hear and read about COVID-19 everywhere we turn, below is a link with a glossary of terms regarding Coronavirus explained:
There are lots of urgent care facilities testing for COVID. PCPs (Primary Care Providers) are also testing their patient
If no PCP, try the following
Hunterdon Medical Urgent care
St Luke Urgent care by Walmart, Clinton
Hunterdon Medical Group 908-237-4230
CVS, and W almart Flemington, online appointment
Medemerge, Green Brook
Family care at Hillsborough
PM pediatric by Bridgewater
For more information on testing sites:
If you are having difficulty meeting the essential needs of your family, please check this site frequently for resources. I will post information that may help as I receive it. Do not hesitate to reach out to me as well. From time to time, I get various forms of assistance for families in need from local organizations.
Here is some information/resources to help stay informed and get through this difficult time:
Please remeber that it is important to stay informed, but be sure you are not overwhelming yourself or your children with constant media coverage or discussions about the Pandemic!
Covid video for kids :
Covid video for parents:
Hunterdon County residents experiencing difficulties accessing food are urged to contact Hunterdon Helpline for assistance. Hunterdon Helpline can be reached by calling 908-782-4357 or visit http://www.helplinehc.org/
Here are some local food pantries.
Norwescap Phillipsburg Food Pantry
604 Roseberry Street, Phillipsburg NJ
Will provide food to families in need. Call the phone number and leave a message to schedule an appointment.
The Village Pantry at Presbyterian Church of Milford
70 Bridge Street, Milford, NJ
Remains open, individuals can come in, one person at a time. Pantry is open for everyone.
Can also call Jody Leffler ahead to order and she’ll put it together for pick up
Hours of Operation: Sundays: 11:30am to 1:30pm; Tuesdays: 6pm to 8pm; Thursdays: 6pm to 8pm
Hunterdon Medical Center. 2100 Wescott Dr, Flemington, NJ 08822
Per Jennifer Leon, staff will continue working and providing services from hospital. They will do the first intake
with clients by phone and will accept documentation for applications via traditional mail. Once documentation is
received, in‐person appointment will be scheduled and client will be notified of the guidelines enforced at the
hospital to enter the building.
Office is closed for clients but can be contacted over the phone.
‐Not accepting new clients until further notice but will take their info to put in the system. WIC will follow up
when State officials order to resume enrollment.
Client can call or, if needed, CI can set up appointment.
‐Existing clients. WIC is sending checks via mail. Client has to contact WIC office directly over the phone to renew application, make any changes, verify address for checks. CI can NOT make call for client for this.
If a client is currently enrolled or has been in the program before (even if client is not enrolled at this time), they
can process their checks and/or reopen their application over the phone.
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
Hunterdon County Department of Human Services. Community Services Building.
6 Gauntt Place ‐ PO Box 2900,
Flemington, New Jersey 08822
County residents who wish to apply for SNAP food assistance, or cash assistance under the Work First New Jersey program can do so online at NJHelps.org. Social Services can conduct interviews by phone. Applicants do not need to come into the office to apply.
Unemployed in New Jersey? A survival kit for benefits, bills, evictions, mortgages, utilities, debts, help
The NJ Department of Human Services operates a toll free “warm line” which is a resource for people seeking mental health service.
The warm line is activated during events that impact the mental health of New Jersey residents.
The warm line is available 24 hours and has language access. Call (877) 294-HELP (4357) for assistance.
What to if you are sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
Manage stress and anxiety : https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html
Hunterdon County Social Services:
County residents who wish to apply for SNAP food assistance, or cash assistance under the Work First New Jersey program can do so online a t NJHelps.org .
During this public health crisis, Social Services can conduct interviews by phone. Applicants do not need to come into the office to apply.
Residents are encouraged to call Social Services at 908-788-1300 if they have an emergency housing need.
Washing Your Hands:
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. It is best to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds. However, if soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product to clean your hands. Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast acting.
When washing hands with soap and water:
- Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
- Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
- Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice through to a friend!
- Rinse hands well under running water
- Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet
When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
- Apply product to the palm of one hand
- Rub hands together
- Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.
When should you wash your hands?
- Before preparing or eating food
- After going to the bathroom
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom
- Before and after tending to someone who is sick
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After handling an animal or animal waste
- After handling garbage
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
Order for Medication at School
Grade 1-4 New Student Health History
Physical Exam Form
Preschool & Kindergarten Health History
Asthma Action Plan (pdf)
Food Allergy-Epipen order (pdf)
Required Immunizations (pdf)