School Nurse - North Bergen High School

Medical Department

Mission Statement

In order to promote the educational development of your child, both mentally and physically, the North Bergen Board of Education has established a modern health services department. It is the policy of this department, to stress the healthy aspects of living and the prevention of illness & disease.
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:40 A.M. - 3:07 P.M.

Nursing Staff:
Mrs. Dawn Meicke 
Ms. Grace Ricigliano
Contact the Medical Department at:

Fax number:

Please remember to:

  • Wash your hands
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Adhere to social distancing guidelines
  • Listen to Federal, State, and local officials


The CDC recommends washing hands in specific ways and at specific times to avoid transmission of infection. Members of the general public, as well as healthcare personnel, should wash their hands (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018f):

  • Before, during, and after preparing food.
  • Before eating food.
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick.
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound.
  • After using the toilet.
  • After changing diapers or cleaning someone who has used the toilet.
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste.
  • After handling pet food or pet treats.
  • After touching garbage.

How should hands be washed? When using soap and water, especially in cases where pathogens are resistant to alcohol-based hand sanitizer (e.g., C. difficile infection) the CDC recommends the following steps when washing hands (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018g):

  1. Wet the hands with clean running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. Do not wash hands in a basin of standing water since such water may have been contaminated with previous use. The temperature does not appear to affect the removal of microbes. Warmer water may cause more skin irritation and is more environmentally costly. Turning off the faucet saves water, and, to date, there are few data to prove whether significant numbers of germs are transferred between hands and the faucet.
  2. Lather hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of the hands, between the fingers, and under the nails. Lathering and scrubbing creates friction, which helps lift dirt, grease, and microbes from the skin.
  3. The hands should be scrubbed for at least 20 seconds. Humming the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end two times is a good estimate of 20 seconds.
  4. The hands should be well-rinsed under clean, running water. Rinsing the skin helps to remove dirt and pathogens as well as minimizing skin irritation.
  5. The hands should be dried with a clean towel or air-dried. Pathogens transfer more easily from wet hands so hands should be thoroughly dried
2nd Floor Youth Helpline
May is Stroke Awareness Month . Unfortunately, newer studies have connected COVID-19 patients to strokes.
The most important to do if you think someone is having a stroke is act F. A.S.T. !!
Use the letters in "F.A.S.T." to spot stroke signs and know when to call 9-1-1:

Face Drooping

Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven or lopsided?

Arm Weakness

Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?


Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to
 understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.

Time to Call 9-1-1

If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.