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Spring Garden Nurse's Corner

 

 

 

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

 

My name is Cindy Mascolo and this is my sixth year here at Spring Garden School. This is my 

30th year as a registered nurse. You can contact me during school hours at: 973-661-8984. My e-mail address is:     cmascolo@nutleyschools.org 

Unfortunately we are still dealing with Covid19 and must still follow the guidelines. I will update this site as the guidelines change (dated ).  

 

 

If you want to wear a mask in the school it is optional. 

The proper manner to wear a mask: Masks should cover your nose, mouth and chin and fit close to the face. KN95 masks are the recommended masks as they filter out approximately 95% of tiny 0.3 micron particles in the air. Cloth masks should be 2 layers and inspected that they are intact with no holes or tears and washed every day after use. Hands should be washed before and after putting the  mask on/off. 

 

 

MASKS WILL STILL BE MANDATORY FOR PERSONS WHO ARE RETURNING TO SCHOOL/WORK AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID 19 FOR DAYS 6 THROUGH 10.  The most recent guidelines allow for individuals to return to work/school after the completion of 5 days isolation/quarantine provided the person has resolved Covid 19 symptoms and fever free for 24 hours without the  aid of medication. They are then required to wear a mask at all times other than eating for days 6 through  10 of the isolation/quarantine period. If your child is unable to wear a mask for day 6-10 after isolation/quarantine, they should remain home through day 10. 

 

 

 

COVID 19 VACCINE INFORMATION:    

Vaccine information fact sheet: www.cvdvaccine.com     

covid19.nj.gov/finder  or call 855-568-0545 

Please visit this website with all the information about Covid19 vaccines in NJ

Pfizer 5-17 years old: Primary series/starting dose: 2 doses, 3weeks apart

  Immunocompromised 5-17 years old; Additional 3rd dose 4 weeks after primary series

  Booster 12-17 years: 5 months after primary series to be considered "fully" vaccinated

 

Moderna 18 and up Primary series/starting dose: 2 doses, 4 weeks apart

  Immunocompromised 18 and older: Additional 3 dose 4 weeks after primary series

  Booster 18 and older: 5 months after primary series to be considered "fully" vaccinated

Johnson & Johnson (J&J/Jansen) Primary series starting dose: one dose

  No additional 3rd dose

  Booster 18 and older: 2 months after primary series to be considered "fully" vaccinated

 

FLU VACCINE: The flu vaccine is free when you have insurance. You can call your primary health provider or the local pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens (there are others as well) to make an appointment. Flu season is generally through March 31st.

FREE FLU VACCINATION VOUCHERS FOR UNINSURED 

United Way, NJ 211, and Single Care (formerly FamilyWize) partnered with Walgreens to offer free flu vaccines across New Jersey. Uninsured individuals are eligible for a voucher. Those interested can dial 2-1-1, text their zip code to 898-211, or chat via the website to request a vaccine voucher; qualified individuals will receive an email with the voucher within two business days. 

Also please check with your local and county health departments for local flu clinics. 

GENERAL ILLNESS OR MEDICAL EMERGENCY IN SCHOOL

FEVER, VOMIT, DIARRHEA FREE FOR 24 HOURS WITHOUT THE USE OF MEDICATION

STREP THROAT:  Child may return to school 24-48 hours after starting antibiotic therapy with doctor approval.

SKIN RASHES:  If your child exhibits a skin rash of undetermined origin, please consult your health care provider before sending

  the child to school. It must be diagnosed and if contagious, the child must remain out of the school setting until

  cleared to return to school by a medical provider.

PINK EYE:  Child may exhibit tears, redness, irritation of the eye followed by swelling and sometime also a discharge of pus. Please

  consult with a health care provider and a doctor's note is required for readmission to school. (Please advise the nurse in September

  if your child has seasonal allergies. The eye symptoms are similar to those of pink eye but the irritation is of a different origin.)

HEAD LICE: Remain out of school until treatment completed and lice free.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL IF THEY ARE SICK:

                       If a student comes to the nurse office feeling sick/ill (especially when the school day is just beginning) the nurse will be calling

                       the caregiver/parent to pick up the student. This includes other illnesses such as an earache, toothache, excessvie fatigue, 

                       excessive coughing, headache, pain, chills, sore throat. Also if you send your child to school sick, YOU MAY BE INFECTING

                       OTHER UNSUSPECTING CHILDREN/STAFF. 

 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR CHILD TO USE COUGH DROPS DURING SCHOOL HOURS, PLEASE SEND IN COUGH DROPS AND A PARENT/GUARDIAN NOTE AND SEND TO THE NURSE'S OFFICE.  

 

ILLNESS/SICKNESS

If you are feeling sick or ill, please do not come to school. Please follow the morning health screening when it advises to stay home and contact your school nurse or main office to report your illness.

If two or more items from Column A are checked or one item from Column B is checked, you should be keeping your child home from school:

Column A:

Fever (measured or subjective), Chills, Rigors (shivers), Myalgia (muscle aches), Headache, Sore Throat, Nausea or Vomiting, Diarrhea, Fatigue, Congestion or runny nose

 

Column B:

Cough, Shortness of Breath, Difficulty breathing, New loss of smell, New loss of taste

 

If the student or staff member displays any TWO symptoms in column A or ONE symptom in column B, he/she SHOULD get tested for Covid 19. These are guidelines from the CDC and NJ Health Department. It is not mandated to get tested but strongly suggested to mitigate the spread of viral infections.

PLEASE NOTE THE GUIDELINES FOR PREK DIFFERS FROM K-12. 

PreK students who test positive for Covid must stay home and isolate as much as possible for a full 10 days before they may return to school. If your child is able to wear a well-fitted mask after testing positive for Covid on day 6-10, they may return to school wearing a mask for days 6-10. If you child is not able to wear a well fitted mask for day 6-10 after testing positive for Covid 19, they must remain home on isolation for the full 10 days

 

 

CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID 19

 There is no more quarantining for anyone, whether vaccinated or not vaccinated, after they have had close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid 19. HOWEVER, asymptomatic students and staff who were exposed to Covid 19 should continue to TEST and wear a mask for 10 days (this is not mandated but strongly recommended). 

 

OTHER THINGS TO DO WHEN ISOLATING (POSITIVE FOR COVID)

Give space to people you live with and DO NOT host visitors Stay in a separate part of your home and use a different bathroom if you can.

Wear a mask for 10 days over your mouth AND nose (even at home if you live with other people)!

Avoid travel, public transportation, and anywhere that you can't wear a mask (restaurants, bars, people's homes, etc.) from day 5-10.

As always, clean all "high touch" surfaces. Wipe down and sanitize shared spaces often. Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Watch for symptoms of Covid 19 such as cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of taste/smell, headache, body aches, sore throat, fever, chills, diarrhea.

LEARN MORE ABOUT COVID-19 AT: nj.gov/heath/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

 

COUNSELING

If any child is having any issues pertaining to  the pandemic or other concerns, we have school counselors available. Please contact the school for further information.

 

TOWNSHIP OF NUTLEY HEALTH DEPARTMENT     Phone # 973-284-4951 x 2410 Office

Website: www.nutleynj.org/health                                      Fax      #973-284-1026

The Nutley Health Department not only provides information about current COVID-19 news and information but also information related to health promotion, screenings, vaccines, town events, food services, and many other town services and events. Please visit this website when you have a few moments to see some of the health benefits and events available to residents. 

NJ Department of Health:     On Twitter  - @njdeptofhealth

                                              Instagram -    @njdeptofhealth

                                              Facebook -  /njdeptofhealth

                                              Snapchat -   @njdoh

 

OFFICIAL NEW JERSEY COVID-19 INFORMATION HUB    -    www.covid19.nj.gov  

Call (General Covid-19 questions):  2-1-1   (24/7)

Call (Medical Covid-19 questions):  1-800-962-1253 (24/7)

Call (Vaccine Appointment support): 1-855-568-0545 (8a ‚Äď 8p)

Text ¬†NJCOVID to 898-211 ‚Äď to receive alerts

This site has information related to:    Indoor/outdoor dining and gatherings, public testing, travel restrictions, phases of eligibility for the Covid-19 vaccine as well as where, how, and when you can get vaccinated.  There are several categories listed on the Main page with information and resources.

 

NJ  DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & CDC RECOMMENDATIONS K-12 

https://www.newjerseydepartmentofhealthcovid-19publichealthrecommendationsforlocalhealthdepartmentsforK-12schools 



 

                                                

 

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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.