School Nurse

Welcome to the Nurses Page

Kristen Castellano, R.N.
Health Office
(973) 379-4843 ext: 33008

Thank you for visiting my page. I will use it to keep you apprised of various health concerns here at Deerfield School and to share information pertinent to the health and well-being of your child. To contact me via email just click on my name. 

Guidelines For Sending Your Child To School for minor Illness

Sometimes it is confusing to decide to send your child to school, I would like to share some guidelines to help you decide if your child is well enough to come to school. (These do not take into account any COVID-19 protocols in place.)

  • Fever-Your child should be fever-free (100’ F is considered a fever) for 24 hours before returning to school.  A normal temperature is one not masked by the effects of acetaminophen or ibuprofen.  Very often children feel better in the morning and then by afternoon their temperature has returned.

  • Vomiting/diarrhea-Your child should not have vomited or had diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.  They should have eaten 2 meals and have kept them down.

  • Strep Throat-If your child has strep throat they must be on the antibiotics for 24 hours.

  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)- your child must be on antibiotic eye drops for 24 hours before returning to school.

  • Cough/Cold-Keep your child home if they have a cough that is persistent and productive coupled with thick or constant nasal drainage.

  • Head Lice- Your child must have been treated and nits removed before returning to school.  Upon return to school they must report to the health office to be checked and cleared.

  • Impetigo- is a very contagious blistery skin infection, usually on the face. Your child must see their MD and be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours. The lesions must  be covered on their return to school

I hope this information helps you in helping me to keep Deerfield School healthy this year.