School Nurse

Mrs. Meghan Dugan

(201) 391-2900, ext. 3505
Fax: (201) 391-1330

Welcome to the Montvale Public School Medical Information page. The school nurses in the Montvale Public Schools, work in collaboration with Dr. Mark Mandel, the school physician.

If your child will be absent, please contact the nurse before 9:00 AM on the day of absence (contact information is above).

Each day your child is attending school in person, complete the COVID screening questionnaire in RealTime. If you answer ‘yes’ to any question, please contact your school nurse. 

RealTime for parents can be found at the following link;



While operating in the “High” activity level, individuals with COVID-19 symptoms and their close contacts will be excluded from school for 14 days from date of last contact or until the ill individual with the symptom(s) receives a negative COVID-19 test.  The negative COVID test will “clean the slate” for everyone involved in a particular exposure where symptoms are present.  An alternate diagnosis for the ill individual is no longer acceptable while operating in the “High” activity level. 

It is now more important than ever to carefully monitor the health of your child and identify any possible COVID symptoms your child is displaying. If your child is displaying a COVID symptom, please keep him/her home from school and consult your health professional.  A negative COVID-19 test result from your child’s health professional will be required in order to return to school. 


Siblings of a student that has COVID symptoms will be excluded from school until the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result. If the symptomatic individual tests positive, the sibling will have to quarantine. An alternate diagnosis is no longer acceptable while operating in the “High” activity level. 


It is equally important for each parent to monitor his/her own health and, if a parent is displaying a symptom, keep your child home and consult your health professional.  If your child lives in your household he/she is considered a close contact of yours. Close contacts of an individual with COVID symptoms will be excluded from school until the parent tests negative for COVID-19.  An alternate diagnosis is no longer acceptable while operating in the “High” activity level. 

Close Contact

A close contact is defined as within 6 feet for 15 cumulative minutes or more during a 24 hour period.  We continue to encourage the practice of physically distancing from one another, using face coverings, washing hands, and staying home when sick or presenting with COVID symptoms.

COVID Symptoms

Fever, Chills, Cough, Shortness of Breath, Difficulty Breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or Body Aches, Headache, New Loss of Taste or Smell, Sore Throat, Congestion, Runny Nose, Nausea, Vomiting, or Diarrhea

Awaiting a Test

If someone in your household is being tested for COVID-19 due to illness, members of that household should remain home until the test results are received.

On behalf of your child and family, we urge you to communicate information about symptoms, testing or illness to your child’s school nurse immediately.  

****Updates to the quarantine time frame for illness and travel will be made as the local risk level changes. *******


In addition to reporting illness, please notify the nurses’ office for the following reasons:

  • If your child is scheduled to attend school in person and you choose to have him/her participate remotely.

  • If you are traveling and will be subsequently quarantining as per the published advisories

More information regarding COVID-19, health office guidelines, procedures, and important medical forms can be found below.

Health Office Information