Wednesday, April 11, 2018


 Fifth’s disease is a viral illness that most children recover from without complications. It is known as erythema infectiosum and is cause by the Parvovirus.  It is characterized by a bright red rash on the cheeks that make it look like the child has “slapped cheeks”.  After the rash appears on the face it spreads down the body in a lace-like rash.  The rash could last for one to three weeks.  Older children may not get the rash but may have joint swelling and pain.
Fifth’s disease starts with flu like symptoms, low grade fever, fatigue and runny nose. Once these pass, then the rash appears.  It is very difficult to contain 5th’s because the children are contagious for 24-48 hours before the rash appears.  Once the rash appears the child is no longer contagious.
Fifth’s disease may cause problems for pregnant women, especially during the 1st trimester.  Infected adults often have pain and swelling in their joints and sometimes flu like symptoms. Adults don’t usually get the rash.
The best way to prevent the spread of the virus is by proper hand washing, covering mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing and staying home when you don’t feel well.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Stop Germs from Spreading

   In addition to washing our hands to stay healthy it is important to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.  Many illnesses, like the flu, are spread by uncovered coughs and sneezes and unclean hands.  

   After coughing or sneezing always wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol based hand sanitizer.

   A few other ways to stop germs from spreading:

   * Stay home if you are sick,
   * Stay away from sick people,
   * Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands,
   * Throw away soiled tissues.
   * Eat a healthy diet.
   * Get plenty of rest.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Well the cold and flu season has begun!  Did you know HANDWASHING is the most effective and important way to keep ourselves healthy and not spread germs to others?  It involves 5 simple steps, wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry.

Wet hands with warm water.
Lather by putting soap on hands and rubbing hands together.  Be sure to clean the tops of      hands, bottoms of hands, between the fingers and under the nails.
Scrub wash your hands for 20 seconds or sing the Happy birthday song twice. Soap and         friction lift the dirt and germs from the hands. Son't forget to scrub under the nails.
Rinse hands with clean running water.
Dry hands with a clean cloth or towel.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs.  Hand santizers can be used to get rid of germs when soap and water are not available.  However, hand sanitizers are not effective if the hands are visibly dirty or greasy and they do not remove all of the germs. Apply the product to the palm of your hand and rub the product over all surfaces of your hands, and fingers until they are dry.

It is very important to wash our hands after using the bathroom, before eating, after playing outside, and after you blow your nose or cough or sneeze into your hands.

Remember: Clean hands save lives!!.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Doctors have noticed an increase in head lice around Halloween because of people trying on wigs and masks and leaving little ctitters behind.  Doctors recommend putting purchased wigs, mask or costumes in a sealed plastic bag for 48 hours to kill the lice or if the costume is made of dryer friendly material, put it in the dryer on high for 45 minutes.  They also recommend using shower or wig caps to prevent the spread of lice, they make it hard for the lice to penetrate and attach to the hair.  It only takes one infested person to infect many!
Happy Halloween!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Tabitha's Law was passed in 2012.  This law requires parents to notify the school whenever their child will be absent from school and requires the school to contact parents whenever a child is absent without the parents having provided prior notice.
Tabitha's Law is named after a 13 year old Nashville girl who was absent from school. Nobody knew she was missing because the school never notified anyone.  Her parents did not realize she was missing until 4:45pm resulting in lost time searching for her.
Knowing why our students are absent helps me track any communicable diseases that are going around our school community.

Any student who has a cast, extremity brace or stitches MUST submit a written note from the physician or parent and should address the students activity level, ie, no gym for one week.  Having this information helps us keep your child safe at school.

New Jersey State Law does not permit students to carry prescription or over the counter medication without a specific doctors order. No medication can be given in school without a doctors order.  All medications brought to school should be in their original pharmacy container.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a happy, healthy, and relaxing summer!

A few items: All students must be in compliance with NJ State Immunization guidelines.  All Pre-K students must recieve the flu shot between September and December 31st.  All 6th grade students must recieve one dose of Tdap and meningococcal vaccine.  Physical examinations are required upon entrance into school, and grades K, 3, and 6.

If your child is going to be sick or absent from school, please call the main office or the health office at 201-261-1860 to report the absence. My email address is leibowitzc@sjsusa.org. This is required by Tabitha's Law.