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Spring Garden Nurse's Corner



My name is Cindy Mascolo and this is my fourth year here at Spring Garden School. This is my 27th year as a nurse. You can contact me during school hours at: 973-661-8984. My e-mail address is: 

We are all very happy that our students have returned into the school buildings. 

Everyone is required to complete their health screenings and have their temperatures taken before entering the school building. 

Masks are required at all times while in the building. Masks should cover your nose, mouth and chin and fit close to the face. Cloth masks should be inspected that they are intact with no holes or tears and washed every day after use. Hands should be washed before and after putting  mask on/off.  Gators are not an approved face covering in school.  WITH THE RECENT CHANGES BY THE CDC FOR FULLY VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS, WE ARE STILL REQUIRING MASKS IN THE SCHOOL SETTINGS.

Please wash your hands frequently and please keep up the social distance behaviors  to decrease the spread of any microorganisms, bacteria and/or viral particles.

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  (it turns red) and contact your school nurse or main office to report your illness. The phone number to report absence(s) at Spring Garden School is: 973-320-8309. Please leave the following information:

Student first and last name, Homeroom teacher, date(s) of absence(s), reason for absence, Request for Homework

All absences must reported no later than 9:00 am on the day of the absence. 


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.


For the school year 2020-2021, the physical assessments such as height, weight, blood pressure, hearing, vision, and scoliosis screenings completed at school by the school nurse will be canceled due to safety concerns related to Coronavirus. Students should receive their yearly assessments at their medical providers' office. Please send documentation of the annual physical assessment to the school so their records can be kept up to date. Athletic physicals must be completed at the student's medical provider as well.


Maryann Alessio, D.O.

March 30, 2021 

School Physician




Please note that if you are planning on traveling outside NJ to areas (outside of New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware) which require quarantining upon leaving/returning to NJ, please adhere to the CDC guidelines.

You are required to quarantine upon your return (if outside NJ areas) for 10 full days following your return to NJ. You may get Covid t (PCR) tested on days 3-5 of your return and if the test is negative, you only have to quarantine for a full 7 days after your return. Please do not send your child to school until you have completed the CDC recommended quarantine period upon your return to NJ. You should quarantine until you receive the test results because in the event the test results are positive, you may expose others to the virus.

If you return and have any symptoms, please schedule a Covid-19 test ASAP and quarantine until you receive the results.

If you are fully vaccinated (post 2 weeks after last dose) and/or you have had the Covid-19 virus in the past 90 days, you are not required to quarantine after travel domestically. If you travel internationally, you must follow the international guidelines for your destination.

NOTE: If you get tested, you should be quarantining until the time you receive your negative results. If the results are positive, you are to isolate for a full 10 days. The local Health Department should also be notified.

We expect everyone to follow the CDC travel guidelines. This is also for the safety of our community and vulnerable population who may not have been vaccinated yet ( would lessen the symptoms and long term effects of the virus may have).

Vaccines are available to everyone ages of 12 - 16 (Pfizer vaccine for children) and all adults; Pfizer, Moderna or the J & J vaccines. Please visit: for vaccine sites available or contact your medical provider for assistance. As more people get vaccinated, the number of people infected has been steadily going down. In Essex County we currently are have Moderate (Yellow) number of cases. You can visit: for information about the status of cases in NJ. The report comes out every Thursday.

Please consider getting vaccinated as the science has proven it is safe except for a few cases of the J&J vaccine which resulted in blood clots. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines continue to be very effective. As more individuals getting fully vaccinated, we will see loosening of the restrictions for gatherings both indoors and outdoors. Also, less people are being hospitalized with complications from the Covid19 virus and the death rate has dropped significantly since the height of the pandemic. This would not be possible without the majority of our population being vaccinated.

For information about vaccinating children, please search in the internet, "Key things to know about Covid 19 Vaccines". This site give you information about the efficacy and vaccine sites.

Thank you.


COVID-19  - The Nutley School District is still advising all students to have their daily health screening completed before school begins (virtual or in-person instruction). If it is not completed by 8:00 am, a robocall will automatically be generated to those who have not completed the screening. The student will NOT be permitted entry into the school building until this is completed. If you are having a problem completing the questionnaire, please refer to or forward your e-mail to: 

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

Website:                                      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. 



This website contains information about: vaccines, covid testing and treatment, indoor/outdoor gatherings, travel restrictions to or from NJ and many other covid issues. Please visit this website.


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 12 categories listed on the Main page with information and resources. 





You can type in "recommendations for local health department" and this website should come up










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.