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East Northport Middle School

Notes From The Nurse

Our lives have all been altered and we are hard at work keeping ourselves and our families safe, healthy and HAPPY!! We are all attempting to make a very difficult and challenging situation work with all the uncertainty around us. Although the return to school details for September are very different from the past years, we need to continue moving forward and embrace the new year with all its changes and challenges. WE GOT THIS!!!

If your child is ill- PLEASE KEEP THEM HOME and call the attendance office or nurse’s office to alert us. The Flu season is also here and COVID symptoms can be similar to Flu symptoms. Please note the similarities. Please be aware of the COVID symptoms which can range from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms of COVID may include:

  • Fever (greater than 100.0 F) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting

Please note this list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

Any child sent home due to illness from the health office will need to be evaluated by a physician. They may return to school with a note from their physician that states the illness is not COVID related and does not require a COVID test, OR a negative COVID test result with MD note of clearance.

If you child’s COVID test is NEGATIVE, they may return to school after meeting ALL of the following criteria:

  1. Documentation from a health care provider following evaluation, and negative COVID test
  2. At least 24hrs fever free with no fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol or Motrin
  3. Symptom resolution.

If you child’s COVID test is POSITIVE, they may return to school as per the Department of Health’s instruction.

The staff at ENMS are working together to remind the students to maintain social distance, wear masks, wash their hands often and to cover coughs and sneezes. Please report any diagnosed illnesses to me. Thank you for your cooperation in our attempt to keep our school a healthy, learning environment.

All 7th grade students: New York State Law requires all 7th graders and new entrants have a physical examination by a New York State licensed physician. The physical must be completed within one year of the start of the upcoming school year. The physical should include height, weight, blood pressure, vision, hearing and scoliosis screening. Please have the doctor complete the physical on the new required NYS form. (click link to access). Due to the COVID restrictions, it is uncertain if we will be having the school doctor come to administer school physicals at this time. Please contact your family physician to schedule the required physical and kindly send in the updated paperwork.


Students may not carry any medication on them that is not approved by me. Please do not send Tylenol, Motrin, inhalers or any other over the counter or prescription medication in with your child. If your child needs medication during the school day, please contact me for the appropriate forms to be completed by your child’s doctor. The forms are also available on the district website.


Thank you in advance for your cooperation in maintaining the health of our students and staff!!
Rita Enright R.N.    
Phone- 631-262-6775    Fax -631-262-6898