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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.

NEW OUTSIDE PROGRAM:  *LEGAL ONE Essential School Health Protocols in Challenging Times

Friday, March 5th, 2021 9 AM - 12 PM

Key topics include: • The latest COVID-19 related guidance from the CDC, Governor’s Office, NJ Department of Education and NJ Department of Health

• How to satisfy the legal duty of care to support students previously identified as at risk of harm to self or others, and those with emerging or exacerbated needs due to the pandemic

• Protocols for addressing imminent health and safety concerns that may emerge while students are participating in remote instruction

• How to address the unique health and safety needs of students with IEPs and 504 plans

• Protocols for sharing information that are consistent with privacy rights under FERPA and HIPAA

• New or revised policies and protocols that should be implemented to address evolving needs and requirements related to COVID including the return to sports 

Registration Fee Includes: Educational Credits 3.0 nursing contact hours.

Fee: $60 NJPSA Members/$75 Non-Members, Star Advantage Eligible, please click here to register.

NEW FREE OUTSIDE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM: Mental Health and Trauma-Informed Practices in Schools

Monday, Mar 8th 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenters: Kaitlin Mulcahy, Ph.D., LPC, IMHM, Associate Director
Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health and Jennifer Faasse, MA, LPC
Consulting Clinician/LAUNCH Consulting Trainer, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health

NEW: March News From Saint Barnabas Medical Center including:

NEW OUTSIDE PROGRAM: Saturday, March 20, 2021 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm: 

Advanced Stethoscope Assessment Skills Live Webinar

shared by the Gloucester County School Nurses Association.

You do NOT have to be present for webinar.  You will have 30 days to complete the course at your own pace while earning  7CU hours. Please click here for the link to register for the program for which there is a $50 fee.

Space is limited, so please register asap, if you are interested.

NEW: New Jersey State School Nurses Association cordially invites NJSSNA members to attend our Spring Webinars, which are both from 6pm to 8pm. Registration information will be forthcoming:

Webinar Series #1 Tuesday, 3/23/2021: PM Pediatrics-COVID-19 One Year Later: Where are we now and where are we headed?

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

NJSSNA Membership information, please click here

NJSSNA Membership benefits, please click here

NEW: 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.

From the MHTTC:  Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network 

NEW OUTSIDE PROGRAM: Free upcoming webinar series: Healing School Communities in the Context of Racial Violence, Where do we go from here? one session remaining: March 4th from 2:00pm. To register please click here.

NEW: 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.

SAVE THE DATE: NJSSNA Virtual Conference: Leaders at the Forefront for School Health, Tuesday, Mar 23rd from 8:00am to 3:15pm

 NEW 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.



Behavioral Health for All Children: Proactive Approaches, Treating Problem Behavior & Best Practices for ASD Treatment, Wednesday, March 3rd from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, please click here to register.

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

J&J Vaccine 85% Efficacious Against Severe COVID Globally, 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

NEW 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 2/25/2021

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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