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Spring Garden Nurse's Corner

**PLEASE READ BELOW FOR TRAVEL/VACCINE/QUARANTINE/ISOLATION COVID 19**

UPDATED 4/6/22

 

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

29th year as a 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 the Covid19 pandemic and must follow 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. 

 

BEGINNING MONDAY, MARCH 7, MASKS WILL BE OPTIONAL FOR STAFF, STUDENTS AND VISITORS IN NUTLEY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. 

MASKS WILL STILL BE MANDATORY FOR PERSONS WHO ARE RETURNING TO SCHOOL/WORK AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID 19 OR IF THEY ARE A CLOSE CONTACT OF SOMEONE WHO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH COVID 19.  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. 

 

 

Please wash your hands frequently and please keep up the social distance behaviors  to decrease the spread of any microorganisms. Indoors the students desks are 3 feet apart. The staff/students/teachers are to maintain a 6 foot distance per the CDC guidelines other than when the students are in their desks with face covering masks properly worn at all times (except for eating and drinking ). 

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 discharg of pus. Please

  consult with a health care provider and a codtor'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/nit 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. 

 

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 will be required to have a negative Covid 19 PCR test to be cleared to return to school. These are guidelines from the CDC and NJ Health Department. Please be conscious about the well-being and safety of everyone in our school building if your child or staff member is ill. If a student  (or staff member) comes to school displaying 2 symptoms in column A and one  symptom in column B, we will be sending them home and require a negative Covid 19 PCR test to return to school. (We do not accept rapid Covid tests to return to school.) 

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. 

PreK students who are a close contact of someone who tested positive for covid 19 should quarantine for 10 full days after the contact or get Covid 19 PCR tested day 5-7  after the contact. If the test is negative, they may return to school after 7 full days of quarantine (day 8). If they are not able to get Covid 19 PCR tested, they should quarantine a full 10 days and return to school day 11.

 

IF SOMEONE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID 19:

Persons who test positive for Covid 19 and are symptomatic or personw with covid 19 symptoms who weren't tested or who are waiting for results:

  Stay home and isolate from other people for at least 5 full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms).

If symptoms resolve (fever-free for 24 hours and other sysmptoms imporove), isolation can end after 5 full days (ie. on day 6).

       If symptoms persist (fever or if other symptoms have not improved), continue to isolate until fever-free for 24 hours and other symtoms have improved.

 

Persons who test positive for Covid 19 but have NO symptoms:

      Stay home and isolate from other people for at least 5 full days (day 0 is the day of the positive viral test).

If no symptoms develop, isolation can end after 5 full days (i.e., on day 6).

If symptoms develop within one week of the positive test, the 5 day isolation period starts over with day 0 being the first day of symptoms. Follow recommendations for ending isolation for persons who have Covid19 symptoms.

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

 

 

EXPOSURE TO A POSITIVE COVID19 PERSON:

 

If a student or staff member is sent home for a possible exposure (or because of symptoms) and referred to quarantine, ALL siblings, spouses, live-ins, roommates, etc…, within the school district must also be sent home. Please keep the student home, or stay home until all symptoms are cleared. 

WHO DOES NOT NEED TO QUARANTINE

Individuals in the following groups who had close contact with soeone with Covid 19 do NOT need to quarantine but should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days and get tested at least 5 days after the close contact. If the test is positive or if Covid 19 symptoms develop, follow isolation recommendations.

       - Persons older than 12  who completed a primary series of Covid 19 vaccine AND have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some  immunocompromised people. 

      - Children 5-11 years old who completed the primary series of Covid19 vaccine.

      -  Persons who had confirmed Covid19 within the last 90 days (positive viral test).

WHO SHOULD QUARANTINE

Individuals in the following groups who had close contact with someone with Covid19 DO need to quarantine and should take additional precautions during and after quaranatine:

      - Persons older than 12 who completed a primary series of Covid 19 vaccine but have NOT received a recommended booster shot when eligible.

      - Persons who are not fully vaccinated (haven't completed a primary vaccine series).

DURING QUARANTINE

      - Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after the last close contact with a person who has Covid19. The date of the exposure is considered day  0. 

      - If Covid 19 symptoms develop, get tested and follow isolation recommendations.

      - If asymptomtic, get tested at least 5 days after the last close contact.

               - If the test is positive, follow isolation recommendations

               - If the test is negative, you can end  quarantine after day 5.

               - If testing is not available, you can end quarantine after day 5 (as long as there were no Covid19 symptoms throught the 5-day period).

TRAVEL GUIDELINES

 

There is still a travel quarantine mandate for unvaccinated individuals in New Jersey, unless travel is to one of our contiguous states: New York, Pennsylvania or Delaware. If traveling outside of that area, the student or staff member will be required to quarantine once back in New Jersey. You should get tested 1-3 days before the trip and 3-5 days after travel (recommended but not mandated).

Unvaccinated or persons who are not fully vaccinated should stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel. If you develop symptoms, stay home and get tested until you receive a negative result. If the result if positive, follow isolation recommendations. 

Fully vaccinated individuals and those who have recovered from Covid19 in the past 3 months DO NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine after travel. However, the CDC recommends fully vaccinated individuals self-monitor for Covid19 symptoms, and isolate and get tested if they develop symptoms.  

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. 

WHEN  TO QUARANTINE: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

 

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.