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Spring Garden Nurse's Corner


UPDATED 11/11/21

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

28th 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 full-time into the school buildings. 

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 the  mask on/off.  Gators are not an approved face covering in school. 

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. 


Vaccine information fact sheet:  or call 855-568-0545 

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

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. 


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. 



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.) 



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. 

If a student or staff member is requested to quarantine because of a documented exposure, it is recommended they get tested 5 to 7 days after the exposure; if the Covid 19 PCR test is negative, the quarantine can end at 7 days. Please note the quarantine could change depending on the transmission rates and guidance from the Nutley Health Department. 

If a student or staff member is requested to quarantine because of an exposure and chooses not to test, the quarantine period is 10 days. 


There is still a travel quarantine mandate for unvaccinated individuals in New Jersey, unless travel is to one of our contiguous states: New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania or Delaware. If traveling outside of that area, the student or staff member will be required to quarantine once back in New Jersey.  The quarantine begins on the day after returning and it is recommended the student has a Covid PCR test on day 3-5 after the return If the Covid 19 PCR test is negative, the quarantine is clear after day 7. If the voice is not to get tested, the post travel quarantine extends for a full 10 days.

Vaccinated individuals who travel internationally will need to get a Covid 19 PCR test 3-5 days after their return. It is recommended that you wear a mask in all indoor activities and monitor for signs and symptoms of Covid19 for 14 days after your return. 

If we are advised that someone traveled and came to school without following the quarantine guidelines for non-vaccinated persons, we will send that person(s) home with instructions how and when they may return to school. 


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:                                      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



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. 









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.