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NJDOH recommendations for the COVID-19 Regional Risk Matrix

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          Updated: 12/22/2020

Message from the Executive Board:                        
We hope that you are finding your Essex County School Nurses Association website beneficial. Our primary objective continues to be to join with NJSSNA and NASN to facilitate the sharing of timely information from medical experts, national, state and local regulatory authorities. New articles or outside educational program information will continue to appear on this Homepage initially, but then will only appear on either the EventsNews or Resources pages. The Member Forum feed has been taken off of the Homepage to maintain the privacy of that page for our website members. Website members can visit the Members Forum page to see opportunities, seek information and share their inspiration with colleagues.


"In addition to introducing each of the district’s school nurses during Monday’s Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) meeting, the Livingston Public Schools (LPS) district also honored its “Healthcare Heroes” through a video compilation featuring messages of gratitude as well as a gift of LPS scrubs donated by the Livingston Education Foundation (LEF) in honor of their extraordinary efforts to keep LPS kids safe".

Congratulations to our Livingston School Nurses, and hoping many districts will follow suit.

Many thanks to Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN for this post and for being relentless

NEW: Racism is declared a serious public health threat by the director of the CDC.

Rochelle P. Walensky MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), declared racism a serious public health threat, please click here for the full document.

  • New APHA (American Public Health Association)  mapping tool tracks localities declaring racism a public health crisis, please click here.

  • The Campaign for Action has been hosting a series of webinars "Health Equity Action Forums", fortunately, the webinars are recorded for later viewing, please click here.

  • Many thanks again to Sheila Caldwell, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ for these excellent posts.

NEW WEBSITE FOR NURSES: The American Nurses Association (ANA) and 19 nursing and healthcare organizations are joining together on a new vaccine education campaign: COVID Vaccine Facts for Nurses. 

NEW OUTSIDE PROGRAM: NJAAP FREE Virtual Conference: Hiding in Plain Sight: Working Together to Prevent Youth Suicide, Thursday, April 29th from 8:30am to 12:30pm, to register, please click here.

NEW Reference: Two New NJDOH Guidance Documents Dated April 5th:

  • Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Persons in Non-Healthcare Settings - click here

  • Recommended Minimum Quarantine Timeframes - click here 

NEW Reference: Please click here for the archived webinar for Connecting Youth and Families to Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities / Developmental Disabilities services in New Jersey. This webinar was held on March 16th.  You will learn about how these services are accessed and delivered.  The second half of the session is a Q&A which is also highly informative, as is the FAQ document for which you can click here


  • A very informative website for long covid in children created in the United Kingdom, can be accessed here.

    • For their LONG COVID KIDS-School Awareness Pack-March 2021-United Kingdom, please click here.

  • The National Center for Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) will be hosting a webinar series called "Lessons from the Field" which will run bi-weekly through June and discuss the following topics

      across early childhood, K-12, and post-secondary education:

  • Safe and Healthy Environments

  • Providing Supports to Students 

  • Teacher, Faculty, and Staff Well-Being, Professional Development, and Supports

  • The first Lessons from the Field: Safely Reopening and Sustaining In-Person Instruction, from 3/31/21 was archived and can be accessed here.

  • To contribute to best practices, please click here.

  • NEW OUTSIDE PROGRAM: Rooted in Research: Reducing Virus Transmission, Improving Ventilation and Promoting Healthy IAQ in Schools, Thursday, April 8th at 1:00 pm, please click here to register.

  •  NJDOH Lead screening letter, please click here.

  • Many thanks to Sheila Caldwell, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ for these excellent posts.

NEW Reference: THIS IS QUITTING is a first of its kind program to help young people quit vaping. For information on the program please click here.

NEW Reference: Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures (PNES), please click here for a brilliant article from the Journal of School Nursing referenced in a thread on School Nurse Net from the NASN All Member Forum

NEW Reference: COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools updated 3/23/2021, please click here. Form letters are included with this reference.


  • If you think that someone is in need of behavioral or mental health support, suggest that a parent or guardian call the NJ Children's System of Care at 1-877-652-7624

  • HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS: Please click here.

  • ​​EDUCATORS: Please click here.​​

  • CHILDREN’S SYSTEM OF CARE (CSOC) MEDIA KIT, please click here.

NEW SUMMER CAMP POSITION IN VERMONT: We received information about a camp nurse position at Camp Keewaydin in Vermont.  To see their beautiful website, please click here, and their email address is: info@keewaydin.org.



Protect Yourself: Use and Re-Use of PPE

Free PPE webinar supported by the American Nurses Foundation and ANA to help Nurses protect themselves and their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. To view the complete 60-minute webinar, as well as four Quick Videos of key highlights, please click here.  In these videos, you will learn Occupational health risks related to COVID-19; COVID-19 modes of transmission as it is currently understood; Isolation precautions and PPE selection and use for COVID-19; Crisis standards of care related to PPE use during COVID-19; re-use of PPE, including respirators and isolation gowns.

To register for the above 60 minute webinar, please click here, and choose the second option on the left side of the page.  There are many excellent free webinars offered on the nursingworld.org website including ANA's COVID-19 Self-Care Package for Nurses, which you can register for by clicking here.

NEW: CDC has more information available (*Please note that your local health department in partnership with your school district has discretion about the implementation of CDC guidelines):

  • COVID-19 Child Care Program Symptom Screening Flowchart (3/12) - click here

  • What to do if a Student Becomes Sick or Reports a New COVID-19 Diagnosis at School* (3/12) - click here


  • CDC Looks At Whether 3 Feet - Instead Of 6 - Is Safe For Schools' Social Distancing  (3/15) - click here


  • COVID Vaccine Facts for School Nurses, please click here.

  • Stop the Bleed information, please click here

  • For the finalized version of Paul's Law, please click here. There will be more information to follow...

 NEW: NJ Department of Agriculture's "Farm-to-School NJ" program, please click here. There are many online resources for educational activities.

NEW: Stop the Bleed Training Kit Program, please click here for grant information.

NEW: Letter from U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary Samuel re: School Staff Vaccination Program, please click here.

NEW: Now Taking the Stage in the Pandemic: The School Nurse, please click here for this New York Times article, which includes the recognition of Charity Collins, who became the first black school nurse in 1911 and was a trailblazer in a phenomenally difficult time due to profound racial inequality. Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN provides an inspirational tribute to Charity Collins in her "The Relentless School Nurse" blog of February 23rd.

NEW Reference: NJ Poison Control Center & COVID-Important Reminders for Public Health Professionals (recording), please click here.

NEW: Resources regarding masks for students with asthma:

  • Desensitizing-To-Wearing-Face-Mask-Parent-Resource, please click here.

  • What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic, please click here.

NEW: CDC Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People, please click here.

NEW: Inspirational article from Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN: Five Ways School Nurses Can Increase Their Sphere of Influence, please click here.

NEW from 3/8/21: Kids Hospitalized With COVID-19 Frequently Have Neuro Symptoms, please click here for the article.

NEW UPDATES from 3/5/21: Please be sure to "fact check" all information from the website by clicking on the links. Information is changing so rapidly, that it can lose validity moments after it is printed.

  • Governor Murphy announced the expansion of eligibility for more frontline essential workers (educators, including support staff, in pre-K through 12th grade settings) and high-risk groups in New Jersey’s COVID-19 vaccination program as of March 15th (11 additional health conditions added including being overweight ( BMI >25 but <30), and additional eligibility for others as of March 29th, please click here for the link.

  • The Federal Pharmacy Program will prioritize vaccinating all school staff and childcare workers during the month of March. Teachers and staff in pre-K-12 schools and childcare programs will be able to sign up for an appointment at over 9,000 pharmacy locations participating in the program nationwide, please click here.

  • The NJDOE has not granted waivers for screenings, and immunization protocols per statute and code must be enforced.

  • NJDOH Q & A clarifies that immunization requirements apply to students during the period of remote instruction, please click here

  • COVID-19 Interim Guidance: Return to Sports and Physical Activity, please click here.

  • Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (CSSRS) Free Online Training Resources, please click here.

  • N.J.S.A 18A:40A-12 applies for remote students suspected of being under the influence, please click here.

  • Paul's Law NJDOE Guidance, please click here.

  •  NJDOE broadcast 1/6/21 to extend the time limitation in which a substitute non-instructional school nurse can serve in a single position within a single district click here.

  • The Attorney General's guidance on the legalization of marijuana, please click here.

  • The importance of school nurses providing only emergency care for school staff, rather than routine care. 

  • P.L. 2019, c. 118, permits emergency and self-administration of hydrocortisone sodium succinate for adrenal insufficiency, please click here.

Virtual Office Resources, please click hereTechnology information will be found under the education tab of the Resources tab.

March News From Saint Barnabas Medical Center including:

  • March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month-information on early detection of colon cancer

  • Reminder for women to schedule preventive care visits

  • Cardiac Care information



New Jersey State School Nurses Association cordially invites NJSSNA members (you must be a member to attend) to the second Spring Webinar, which from 6pm to 8pm. Registration information will be forthcoming:


Webinar Series #2 Tuesday, 5/18/21: RWJBH Hope & Healing

NJSSNA Membership information, please click here

NJSSNA Membership benefits, please click here

Downloaded from School Nurse Net 2/24:

  • ACEs Action Plan launched to make New Jersey a 'trauma-informed/ healing centered state', please click here.

  •  NJDOH RECOMMENDED MINIMUM QUARANTINE TIME FRAMES February 15, 2021, please click here.

  •  Camp Nejeda, the Diabetic Summer Camp,  has hired a "Covid Manager" and plans to open this summer,             if you are interested in applying, please click here.

NASN has initiated a campaign Claim Your School to help us identify and understand staffing gaps and more effectively target our advocacy and development efforts.

NEW: School Climate Resources please click here.

 Updates from the CDC:

Updated 2/13: Improve the Fit and Filtration of Your Mask to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19, please click here.

Important Update 2/12: Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation, please click here and see the handbook above.

Updated 2/11: Operating schools during COVID-19: CDC's Considerations, please click here.

New York Times article: The C.D.C. Has New School Guidelines. Here’s What You Need to Know, click here.

Updated 2/10: Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the United States, please click here.This document contains public health recommendations for vaccinated persons.

EXCELLENT RECORDED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM: Covid-19 Vaccines and Clinical Trials, please click here.

FROM THE NASN WEEKLY DIGEST 1/28/2021--A small sampling of the many resources on the NASN website

                            Many COVID-19 reports and tracking tools are available on the NASN website.

  • NASN Interim Guidance: Role of the School Nurse in COVID-19 Testing in Schools, please click here.

  • Evaluation of Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Test for SARS-CoV-2 Infection at Two Community-Based Testing Sites — Pima County, Arizona, November 3–17, 2020, please click here.

  • CDC released a new resource for employers to effectively communicate with employees to build confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine, please click here.

  • Cardiac Recommendation Post-COVID-19 in Student Athletes, please click on titles:

  • HHS emergency preparedness link, please click on: Covid-19 Resources Page​

  • February is American Heart Month:

    • You can use social media to get resources out to your school, please click here.​

  • CDC Tool Helps Families Decide When and How to Go Back to School, please click here. This tool helps families weigh the risks and benefits.

  • The CDC School Reopening Decision Tool, please click here

The New Jersey  Department of Children and Families has recently added new titles related to Internet Safety, Social Media, Parenting, Grandparenting, Single parenting, Teen parenting, Talking to adolescents about sex, Teen behavior, Special needs children, Violence, Bullying, Anger Management, Smoking/Vaping (younger kids and teens), an Activity Book for young children (“good touch/bad touch”), and Preparing for emergencies/disasters.  This link will take you to the area of their website where you can explore and order their materials:   https://www.nj.gov/dcf/news/publications/ Use the “Publications Order Form"

 N.J. setting up call center to assist people in getting a COVID vaccine, please click on title to read the article

          The telephone number is: 855-568-0545

Link which will be included under "Health Organizations" on the Resources page for families impacted by mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases, please click on the name of the website: mesothelioma.net

NJEA LEGAL SERVICES ADVISORY: NJEA Vaccine FAQs, please click here.


Updated NJDOH Guidelines for Testing children suspected of having COVID-19 prior to return to school, please click here.

 COVID-19 Vaccine overview courtesy of the Maplewood/ South Orange Board of Health, please click here.

COVID Vaccinations for Health Care Workers, please click here.

(To access the links in the document, hold down the "ctrl" key while using the mouse to click on the underlined link.)

Notification was received from the President of the Essex County Educational Association (ECEA) that  school nurses who live or work in Essex County are eligible to register for a vaccination appointment NOW. The Moderna vaccine is being given out daily and there are currently appointments available. Please be sure to check with your primary care physician if you have severe allergies or have undergone cosmetic procedures.  Please click here to be taken to the link to make your appointment.

Understanding Messenger RNA and Other SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines

Please click on the web address below, which summarizes the efficacy, safety and availability of the current messenger RNA vaccines and the timelines and testing of other vaccines.


A Side by Side Comparison of the  Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Vaccine

FROM NASN ALL MEMBER FORUM retrieved 1/8/2021:

Approval of the bipartisan bill would give protections to students and potential federal grant money to schools that enact comprehensive management plans. Presidential signature is required for the bill to become signed into law.

To subscribe the Medwatch for FDA safety reporting information please click here. Adverse events can be reported online through this webpage.

From the CDC: Training and Continuing Education Online (TCEO) Please click here to see opportunities for free continuing education online.

Due to COVID-19 priorities, the Annual Immunization Status Report (ASR) packet mailing has been delayed. The 2020-21 ASR packet has been made available online for your reference at https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/imm_requirements/2020_2021_ASR_Packet.pdf

The electronic report can be accessed and submitted online from January 1st through February 1st at https://healthapps.state.nj.us/imm/annualstatusrpt.aspx. Please note, new functions have been added to the online IMM-7 report to improve reporting. This includes the ability to pre-populate your school address and look up your ASR ID directly on the form or by utilizing the new school ID search tool available at https://healthapps.state.nj.us/imm/searchschoolid.aspx.

Once the form is submitted successfully, a copy of the summary report will also be sent to the email address entered on the form for the person who completed the report. Schools will be able to email the summary report directly to their respective local health departments.

If you have further questions and want to verify whether there will be an extension this year, please contact the Vaccine Preventable Disease Program at 609-826-4861.

 Courtesy of the NASN ALL MEMBER FORUM: Covid 19 vaccine FAQs for talking points:


Opioid Continuing Education Requirement For All Nurses Will start with 2019-21 License Renewals

Here are a couple of the options to fulfill the requirements:

T.R.U.S.T Seizure Recognition and First Aid Powerpoint for Staff Education (Please click on the title above for the link to the powerpoint) Andrea Racioppi (our presenter from the 12/16/2020 Mandatory Seizure Education Requirements based on Paul's Law program) has requested that you send her a sign in sheet by fax to: 609-392-5621 or scanning the sign in sheet and sending them to her email address: aracioppi@efnj.com

IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION: To obtain a certificate from the Epilepsy Foundation,

you must attend a live webinar by registering on the following website: https://epilepsyservicesnj.org/pauls-law/

 The Division of the Children’s System of Care has free or low-cost access to behavioral health support available due to the impact COVID-19 has had on young people’s mental wellness. 


  • Families need to know that there is help available 24/7/365.

  • Help DCF spread the word so that at-risk youth can get the support they need.

  • Please click here for their excellent resource page. 

Board of Nursing notice information regarding the minimum requirements for providing healthcare services in office practices, click here for the link to the notice, which includes another link for additional information.

The NJDOH CDS has updated and posted the following documents located on the COVID-19 Information for Schools Page at https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/covid2019_schools.shtml including:
NJDOH COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for K-12 Schools.
NJDOH COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Reopening Childcare Centers
Guidance for PPE Use in Schools During COVID-19

Data resources regarding COVID-19 cases for children in our state shared by: Sheila Caldwell, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ via the New Jersey State School Nurses Association information thread:

  •  NJDOH Public Health Awareness Infographic - click here

  •  "Schools" Outbreak Dashboard (click image below).​

  • NJDOH COVID-19 Statistics Map that is posted on Thursdays to see the graphs by age ranges. To check by county and other data elements - click here

Uploaded 3/29/2021

NASN has recently unveiled the COVID-19 Tracking Tool, which provides an approach for school nurses to document the number of students and staff identified with COVID-19 symptoms at school and report to the designated local health department, school building/system leadership, and health services director/supervisor.


NASN has also added a COVID-19 Symptom Screener for Students. NASN hopes that both of these resources, along with all the others, will help as you move into 2021.

NASN membership has many benefits including professional development programs that are free with your membership and excellent resources such as those listed above to enhance your practice. Please consider joining NASN, which provides you with joint membership to our State organization.

Department of Children and Families Publications and Reports (click here for the DCP webpage)

  • The NJ Department of Children and Families provides a variety of publications upon request.  

  • Several new titles have been added (including "anti-vaping" for young kids and one for teens).

  • More new titles will be in around late November.

  • All publications are free, the shipping is free and they can be ordered in reasonable quantities at any time. 

  • The "Download the Publications Order Form" in the middle of the page to order materials. 

  • Topics include: DCF Information, Covid-19, Child Abuse/ Neglect, Child Safety, Disaster Assistance & Resources, Domestic Violence, Parenting, Race Equality, Safe Haven, Sexual Violence, Teens, Violence, Internet Safety and Substance Abuse.

 To find Covid-19 testing sites click here and enter the address or zip code at the bottom of the webpage.   

Free NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray for High Schools Program from Adapt Pharma - click here for information NJDOE Guidance for Opioid Antidote Administration in the School Setting

Beware of Non-FDA Approved COVID-19 Test Scams. Click here for the notice from the Division of Consumer Affairs

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) has graciously allowed us to  link to their events page at https://njsbf.org/events/ and their programs page at https://njsbf.org/school-based-programs/violence-preventionanti-bias-trainings/
*These programs require pre-registration, so please register on their NJSBF website, by clicking on the links to the programs that you plan to attend (professional development credits are awarded). You can also encourage your organizations to offer some of their other excellent programs by clicking on the "school-based-programs" link.
The New Jersey School-Age Tuition Assistance Program will provide tuition assistance to parents/caretakers with school-age children (5 to 13 years old) in need of child care due to schools’ remote learning schedules this fall as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Please click here for the link to the tuition assistance application. (Link will also be available on the "News" page)

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR IMPORTANT ALERT: The Division of Consumer Affairs is urging our licensees to be on alert for new scams targeting healthcare professionals and possibly others. For a sample scam letter, click here.(Link will also be available on the "News" page)

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