Robert Ripper                                              Stephanie Hurley
     MSN, RN, APN, CSN                                             RN, CSN
       School Nurse                                                   School Nurse
Health Services Coordinator  
           [email protected]                     [email protected]
    Barbara Barnansky
     Direct - 908-789-4519
      Fax - 908-519-2319

Health Office Guidelines for Students during COVID-19

  • Health Screening must be completed and sent to school before entering the High School. Temperature is to be taken no earlier than one hour prior to coming to the High School.
  •  Students who feel sick must stay home. 
  • As always, students with a temperature equal to or greater than 100.0 or vomiting or diarrhea should stay home according to our standard school policy. In addition, according to the COVID regulations, do not come to school if you have (1) one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new disorder of smell or taste OR (2) two of the following symptoms: fever (Temperature equal to or greater than 100.F), chills, shivers, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose. 
  • If you have the above symptoms, you must contact your health care provider. 
  • Always wear a face covering and remain at least 6 feet away from others. Keep an extra face covering and hand sanitizer in your backpack. 
  • Hands must be washed frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. 
  • Do not come into the Health Office if you are coming for minor issues, such as lack of sleep, to avoid exposing yourself to possible infection.
  • If you are not ill but are coming to the Health Office for other reasons, for example to take medication, go directly to Health Office Main Door, knock, and wait for the nurse to admit you. 
  • If you become ill in school, come to the Health Office Waiting Area with all of your belongings. No pass is required. The Waiting Area is located adjacent to the Health Office and across from the Guidance Conference Room. Please maintain a distance of 6 feet. A nurse will come to check your temperature in the Waiting Room and do a quick assessment.
  • If you have any of the above symptoms, you will wait in an isolated area for your parents to come for you. Parents must come for you. You cannot walk, drive, or bike home. Please remember that parents must come for you as soon as possible, within 30 minutes. 
  • Contact your health care provider if you are sent home for possible COVID symptoms. 
  • If you are positive for COVID, the school nurse and the Westfield Public Health must be notified. 
  • You may return to school after 10 days have elapsed since symptoms have started, and you have not had a fever for 24 hours without taking medication that reduces temperature, and your symptoms have improved.
  • A clearance note from your health care provider is required upon return to school. Go to the Health Office before going to class with your note. If you had COVID-19 the note should state this, or state another diagnosis, for example, mono or strep throat.



Please do your part in stopping the spread of COVID 19, a very serious infection, by maintaining social distancing. Social distancing is actually physical distancing, a distance of at least 6 feet between people. Since COVID 19 is spread by droplets from the respiratory tract of an infected person, it is important to keep a space of 6 feet between individuals to prevent being exposed to the virus in the droplets.

It is critical that students refrain from having friends visit to “hangout”, sleep over, or even work on group projects for school assignments. Social distancing must be maintained even when outdoors. Participating in a pick-up basketball game is a violation of the concept of social distancing.

It is very important, however, that students maintain contact with each other daily, and should be encouraged to keep in touch with each other and communicate remotely.

Thank you so much for exercising social distancing.


The Westfield Public Schools Health Services Program provides health and nursing services for all the students 9-12. The goal of the Health Office at the high school is to support the educational process by promoting optimum wellness and working closely with the parents/guardians to:
  • Assess and evaluate the health needs of students
  • Accommodate students with specific health concerns
  • Serve as a health resource for the school community
For more information please visit the Westfield Regional Health Department webpage