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NHS Nurse's Corner

Rose Cioffi, RN, MS, CSN-NJ

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Important COVID-19 Information Can Be Found At: - COVID-19 information from the Nutley Department of Health - information on COVID-19 from Essex county with testing and vaccination sites. From personal experience Essex County is doing an incredible job getting shots into arms. - State of NJ website with information on COVID-19, includes symptom checker and state testing sites and vaccine scheduler - updated quarantine guidelines 02/15/21


ttps:// - updated travel guidelines 02/17/21 - State of NJ gets it’s guidelines from the CDC. However, at times the State of NJ’s guidelines are stricter than the CDC guidelines. - frequently asked questions for Administrators, Teachers, and Parents.



Guidelines for Illnesses (updated COVID-19 guidelines 1/8/21)

*** Please understand that information is changing as data is gathered. This was a January 08, 2021 memo from the NJ Department of Health. If you have different information please contact myself or the school during regular school hours.

In the latest communication from the State of NJ Department of Health schools have been instructed that “any child with COVID-19 compatible symptoms should not return to school until they have either received a negative viral test (molecular or antigen) for SARS-CoV-2 or

They have completed an isolation period of at least 10 days since the symptom onset and at least 24 hours after resolution of fever without fever-reducing medications with symptom improvement. A purely clinical alternative diagnosis would no longer be accepted.”

The NJ Department of Health further clarified “students with COVID-19 compatible symptoms are defined in NJDOH K-12 school guidance using  CSTE/CDC case criteria definition as those [students] who have:

  • At least two of the following symptoms:  fever (measured or subjective), chills, rigors (shivers), myalgia (muscle aches), headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose; 


  • At least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new olfactory disorder [loss of smell], new taste disorder.”

The NJ Department of Health continues with “COVID-19 testing is not required for students who do not meet either of the above criteria to return to school. Additionally, for students with chronic illness, only new symptoms, or symptoms worse than baseline should be used to fulfill these criteria.”

In the latest communication (02/26/21)  from Superintendent Dr. Julie Glazer and Nutley Board of Education President Charles Kucinski Covid-19 testing will be available to pre K-12 students if requested.

Student COVID-19 Testing
As communicated on February 4, 2021, COVID-19 testing of the general population of PK-12 students is not required for the return to the buildings. Only faculty and staff were required to test prior to return. Students in grades 7-12, who are participating in district athletics or in-person school clubs, are required to test prior to the first meeting. This is scheduled by the district and those participants would be notified of the date and time. Surveillance testing will continue for the remainder of the school year.

Testing is available to all PK-12 students as a service prior to returning to the buildings. Please complete the form here: to request a testing time on one of the dates. Testing will be done in district, and scheduled beginning tomorrow, Saturday, February 27, in acknowledgement of the return to the buildings. The testing will be performed with the use of a nasal swab PCR test that will offer results to you within 24 to 36 hours. Your child is asked to quarantine following the test until receiving results. If your child’s test is negative, he/she may return to the building on the next school day. If the test is positive, your student will be required to isolate for 10 days from the testing date prior to returning to the buildings.

There should be no out of pocket cost to your family. Our partner, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, will bill your insurance (if applicable) or the federal grant program available for eligible uninsured patients. Any additional responsibility beyond those programs will be paid by the Nutley Public Schools.

If a family wants to pursue COVID-19 testing on their own, there are a number of sites in Nutley, and throughout Essex County that offer free testing. If you have questions or require additional information, please email



General guidelines for illnesses (pre-Covid):

• Call the Attendance Office if your child is going to be absent 973-661-8865.

• Send in copies of medical/dental notes.

Many parents ask, “When is my child sick enough to stay home from school?” This is not always an easy question to answer! I hope that these tips can help! A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other children and staff. We suggest making a plan for childcare ahead of time so you will not be caught without a comforting place for your child to stay if he/she is ill.

Most school policies state that you should not send your child to school if he/she has:

o Fever in the past 24 hours and/or Vomiting in the past 24 hours

o Diarrhea in the past 24 hours

o Chills and/or Sore throat

o Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)

o Bad cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night

o Head lice – until your child has been treated according to the nurse or doctor’s instructions.

If your child becomes ill at school and the school nurse feels the child is too sick to benefit from school or is contagious to other children, you will be called to come and take him/her home from school. It is essential that the school have a phone number where you can be contacted during the day and an emergency number in the event you cannot be reached. Please be sure that arrangements can be made to transport your child home from school and that childcare is available in case of illness. If your daytime or emergency phone number changes during the year, please notify the school immediately. during regular school hours.



The Nutley School District serves approximately 4,100 students in Kindergarten through grade 12. The five elementary schools serve students K-6 and include Lincoln School, Radcliffe School, Spring Garden School, Washington School and Yantacaw School. John H. Walker Middle School serves students in grades 7-8 while Nutley High School addresses the needs of students in grades 9-12.