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Wear your mask! 

Be well!

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • 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


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Peace, Love, and Purell

Be Well!

I hope you all are staying healthy!

Please let me know if I can help with anything.


If you have an updated physical, please be sure to send it in so that I have the most up-to-date information on your child(ren).  Thank you.  


Current 5th graders will need an updated ("sports" if applicable, otherwise routine form) physical exam AND immunization record with their 6th grade Tdap & Meningococcal vaccines.



Please note, before returning to school, students must be:

-fever free for 24 hours without medication 

-no vomiting for 24 hours


     It is important to notify the school, and myself, about any injuries your child may have sustained during non-school hours... especially if the student will be coming into school wearing a brace, splint, etc. along with any activity restriction(s).  Any activity restriction beyond 2 days requires a note from a physician.  Please be mindful that if a child is being excused from Physical Education (PE), they will also NOT be able to participate in recess.



Please continue to call in absences to the main office @ 201-930-5600 x165.  Sharing the reason for your child’s absence allows us to better keep the community up-to-date of things to contact their pediatrician for. This also allows us to follow illness trends and keep the rest of the school community aware; while maintaining confidentiality.


     If your child has a well visit appointment with their pediatrician, please be sure to request a copy of the physical and exam to update their school health files.  Feel free to send this documentation in with you child, email it to me:, or fax to 201-307-8907.

In Good Health,

Nurse Baker

201-930-5600 #3

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