• Laura W. Sacks, RN, BA, BSN, MA 
    School Nurse
    My Orange Prep Health Office Remind Code - @MSLWS
    Work phone - 973-677-4144 
    Cell phone - 1-201-987-6884
    Fax - 973-677-2439
     My Google Class Code - yhswgrt
    My Office Hours are 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm - 3:20 pm

    Some Valuable Information from the Nurse’s Office 


    Here is the link to the NY State COVID 19 Check-up screening:   https://newyork.cv19checkup.org/
    CV19 CheckUp is free, confidential, and easy to use. It is designed to help you be safer and healthier during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    PowerPoint Presentation about COVID-19: 

    How to Best Protect Yourself 

    “How COVID-19 Spreads“ CDC (October 28, 2020)

    The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. You can take steps to slow the spread.


    Stay at least 6 feet away from others, whenever possible. This is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

    Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others. This helps reduce the risk of spread both by close contact and by airborne transmission.

    Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

    Avoid crowded indoor spaces and ensure indoor spaces are properly ventilated by bringing in outdoor air as much as possible. In general, being outdoors and in spaces with good ventilation reduces the risk of exposure to infectious respiratory droplets.

    Stay home and isolate from others when sick.

    Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

    Pandemics can be stressful, especially when you are staying away from others. During this time, it’s important to maintain social connections and care for your mental health.” 

    Most recently the CDC website shared the virus that causes COVID-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet or about 2 arm lengths for a cumulative 15 minutes in 24 hours). (CDC Updates its Guidelines for Close COVID-19 Contact After Prison Guard Gets Infected.” CNN, October 22, 2020)


    ***** Please consider having your flu shot as soon as possible. ****

      Difference between COVID-19, the Flu, Colds, and Allergies - Spanish Version


    Difference between COVID-19, the Flu, Colds, and Allergies


    Is It COVID-19, The Flu, A Cold Or Allergies?

    Posted on August 25, 2020 by Henry Ford Health System Staff 


    • High fever (around 102 or 103 degrees Fahrenheit)
    • Cough (sometimes it can be identified as a deep, dry cough)
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Headache and body aches
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion
    • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
    • There is also a possibility you can be asymptomatic (have no symptoms) and still have the virus.

    The Flu

    • High fever (around 102 or 103 degrees Fahrenheit)
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Stuffy nose
    • Headache and/or body aches
    • Fatigue
    • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea

    The Common Cold

    • Sinus congestion
    • Stuffy nose
    • Post-nasal drip
    • Sore throat
    • Sneezing
    • Coughing
    • Moderate temperature (around 100 to 101 degrees Fahrenheit)


    • Itchy, watery eyes (usually a defining characteristic of allergies)
    • Runny nose
    • Ears feeling plugged up
    • Tickle in back of throat
    • Sneezing
    • Seasonal symptoms (if you have the same symptoms every fall and spring, it’s probably not COVID-19, it’s probably allergies)

    While the above symptoms are those that are most common, especially in COVID-19, they can vary. “We’ve learned ‘never to say never’ when it comes to COVID-19,” says Dr. Drake. “Some people have classic symptoms, some can remain asymptomatic the entire time, some can have mild cases.”



    Please visit  www.ci.orange.nj.us for information and

     updates on testing, distributon of food and other

     activities in Orange. 



    Health Office Information


            1.  New students - Please make sure we have a recent physical and an updated and completed set of immunizations.

    If you do not have a doctor, I can share some names with you. I also have some resources if you do not have insurance. Please make sure your child sees a dentist twice a year. I have some names of dentists, as well.

    1. Please also encourage your children to get a good night’s sleep. This is also critical to help stay healthy and work better in school. Please ask your children to turn off their phones at night to get a better, restful, and uninterrupted sleep.
    2. If you have a concern, or your children have a concern or they are trying to deal with something, please reach out to speak with someone at our school. We have our social workers, school counselors, and a family liaison whom you can trust to help or assist in getting a resource. For medical concerns, you can always contact me. Please remember there are always staff members at Orange Prep who care about you and your children.
     We Truly Care About You

    If you are feeling overwhelmed, sad, or stressed, it is so good to talk with someone. There are many staff members in school who care about you, whom you can trust, and who can help you. You can speak with Mrs. Berry (our School Social Worker for 8th grade students and our Anti-Bullying Specialist), Mr. Lyle Wallace (our School Social Worker for 9th grade students), Ms. Romero (our 8thgrade School Counselor), Ms. Stainfil (our 9thgrade School Counselor), Ms. Radalia Dixon (our Family Liaison), a staff member in The Zone, or Mrs. Sacks, RN (our School Nurse).

    There is always someone here for you. 


    Please stay healthy, safe, and strong.
    Laura W. Sacks, RN, BA, BSN, MA
    School Nurse


Last Modified on April 18, 2023