From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the NASN All Member Forum Digest for Thursday, December 2, 2021:
President Biden Announces New Actions to Protect Americans Against the Delta and Omicron Variants as We Battle COVID-⁠19 this Winter (please click on title for the full article)  

"This plan includes:

  1. Boosters for All Adults

  2. Vaccinations to Protect Our Kids and Keep Our Schools Open

  3. Expanding Free At-Home Testing for Americans

  4. Stronger Public Health Protocols for Safe International Travel

  5. Protections in Workplaces to Keep Our Economy Open

  6. Rapid Response Teams to Help Battle Rising Cases

  7. Supplying Treatment Pills to Help Prevent Hospitalizations and Death

  8. Continued Commitment to Global Vaccination Efforts

  9. Steps to Ensure We Are Prepared for All Scenarios "

From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the NASN All Member Forum Digest for Thursday, December 2, 2021:  
CDC- New Social and Emotional Climate and Learning Resources for Parents, Families, and Schools: 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools are increasing their focus on mental health and well-being. Many schools are working to create a positive social and emotional climate to support students' social and emotional learning. Parents and families play a critical role in this because they are often the first to help children develop skills to recognize and manage emotions, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.


Because research suggests that evidence-based social and emotional learning programs are more effective when extended into the home, CDC Healthy Schools has created a new tip sheet for parents and families and a new toolkit for schools to heighten awareness of and improve communication about social and emotional climate and learning.


You can find more information on our updated social and emotional climate and learning web page. Also check out more resources for mental health and other healthy schools topics in our CDC Healthy Schools Partner Toolkit.

Educational Opportunities for December:

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 4:00pm from the NJDOH: DSH Team that services daycares, schools, and higher education facilities: 

Best Practices for School Nurses in the COVID-19 Era 

Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer or mobile app

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Or call in (audio only)

+1 856-338-7074,,699789993#   United States, Camden

Phone Conference ID: 699 789 993#

Wednesday, December 22, 2021 from ECSNA

Covid-19 Updates in Essex County

Presented by Dr. Cynthia Samuel, PhD, RN, CSN

School Nurse Grove Street School

Irvington Public Schools

NJSSNA Education Chairperson

To Join The Zoom Meeting, please click below:

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From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the NASN All Member Forum Digest for Tuesday, November 30, 2021: 

AHA Updates CPR Guidance for Individuals With Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

Please be sure to click on the article below for the updates:
2021 Interim Guidance to Health Care Providers for Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support in Adults, Children, and Neonates With Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

Words of wisdom from Robin CoganMEd, RN, NCSN, FAAN as we await more information regarding the Omicron Covid-19 variant:
The Relentless School Nurse: Momentary Time and Space to Feel Calm

(Please click on the title to read Robin Cogan's entire blog)


The COVID-19 Vaccination for Children: The Science and School Nurses’ Experiences 

educational program provided excellent strategies to facilitate vaccine compliance, and emphasized the potentially profound nursing licensure consequences of spreading Covid-19 vaccine misinformation.

Please click on the title of the policy brief from eight leading nursing organizations, including the US Boards of Nursing below:

Policy Statement: Dissemination of Non-scientific and Misleading COVID-19 Information by Nurses

Excerpt: "Nurses are urged to recognize that dissemination of misinformation not only jeopardizes the health and well-being of the public, but may place their license and career in jeopardy as well."

Slide decks from the presentation will be shared when they become available.

From the Children’s Grief Awareness Day website:

IMAGINE: A CENTER FOR COPING WITH LOSS - With locations in Mountainside and Newark, IMAGINE offers free, year-round grief support for children, families, and communities. 
Phone number: 908-264-3100, and website:

(Please click on the title to read the entire blog)

The Relentless School Nurse: Finding Common Ground in Divided Times

Excerpt from this blog:

"NASN has joined a collaboration with ANA and many other national nursing organizations to support educating the public about the importance of COVID vaccinations. Here is the link to COVID vaccine facts for nurses that is filled with rich, evidence-based content. I encourage my readers to dive into this extensive resource and share it with your colleagues. We can find common ground here, in our duty to educate the public during the most challenging time in our modern school nursing history." Please click on the title below:

COVID Vaccine Facts for Nurses

From: SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the NJSSNA Digest for Thursday, November 11, 2021
"RE: 21-22 School Year - NJDOH & NJDOE

Important updates.

  • Letters from USED & USDHSS Secretaries Becerra and Cardona Regarding Pediatric Vaccination Efforts (11/10) - click here

  • Reminder: Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System (11/10) - click here

  • Hope, Healing and Resilience Through the COVID-19 Pandemic Student Art Showcase & Installation Project (10/27) - click here

  • We Can! Virtual Career Day for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (10/27) - click here

  • New Jersey Comprehensive School-Based Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance (10/27) - click here. I do hope your district included you on the team as we deal with mental health concerns daily"

Many thanks to our Co-President Laura W. Sacks, RN, BA, BSN, MA for sharing the 10/2021 update for the New Jersey Immunization Requirement Frequently Asked Questions as noted below: - 

NJ Immunization Requirements Frequently Asked Questions UPDATED 10/2021  

The Resources page of our website has been updated.

Entry from SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from the NASN All Member Forum Digest for Friday November 5, 2021 to Monday November 8, 2021:

"The Rockefeller Foundation and "Open & Safe Schools"
You possibly read the White House Fact sheet that spoke about the USDOE and CDC partnering with The Rockefeller Foundation to accelerate school-based COVID-19 testing for students and staff. If not, you can read the information by clicking

The program rolled out last week and there are bi-weekly "Learning Network Sessions" for school leaders and interested parties as well as a plethora of information on the website. Click the image to visit the website to view the information and be sure to click on "Learning Network" to view and register for upcoming sessions."



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for their excellent and well-received presentation: 
 School Nursing Practice in the "New Norm"
at the NJEA Convention on Thursday, November 4th




 by Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FAAN
(Please click on the title to read the entire blog)
 The Relentless School Nurse: Our Kids Are Irreplaceable  

Excerpt: "This social media campaign was retrieved from: COVID-19 Public Education Campaign An initiative to increase confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and reinforce basic prevention measures.

The one thing I would change about the content of this campaign is the final line. It states “if you have a question ask a doctor. As much as I respect my physician colleagues, they are not the only experts. Healthcare professionals can answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for children. It is up to all of us to promote vaccine confidence. No one has more access to our nation’s 56 million children than the 96,000 school nurses on the frontlines of COVID in schools every single day.

You can be part of the COVID Community Corps – sign up here:  here:"

Information regarding the CDRSS reporting window from SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from NJSSNA thread November 3rd, 2021:

"The reporting window is from Tuesday 12:00 am to Wednesday 5:00 pm each week. This was recently extended and is announced on the CDRSS login page.  If a school is closed during the reporting window, they can add a comment regarding reason (holiday, etc.) in the comment field when they report this week's data the following week. They would not double up. This question is covered in the user guide that can be found on the CDRSS home page. See below from page 14. The user guide (attached) has also been updated to reflect the new fields that were added for vaccination mandate. Message was sent out to the users on 10/26 with the new user guide and contact info for questions.

I skipped a week of reporting and did not report my surveillance data last week. Should I include all new COVID-19 cases during the past two weeks in my current week's surveillance entry?

No. Only include cases occurring in Monday-Sunday of the week prior to the surveillance date as your new COVID-19 cases for that surveillance period. Include any cases occurring in the week before that in your cumulative COVID-19 case counts, but not as new cases for that week.
For example, assume you are reporting your data on Tuesday, January 5, and had six new cases at your school between December 28 and January 3. You did not report your data on December 29 but had three cases in the prior week (December 21 - December 27). Do not include these three cases as new cases during January 5th reporting -- only include your six new staff/student cases in the prior week as new cases but include your three earlier cases in the cumulative case total module fields. You may also include a comment in the comments field explaining your data entry."

Surveillance for Influenza and COVID (SIC) Module: User Guide for Schools


  • NJDOH COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools (10/8) - click here


  • NJDOH Public Health Recommendations for Implementing COVID-19 Screening Testing in K-12 Schools (10/8) - click here

Statement From New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli on:

CDC Recommendation of Pfizer Vaccine for 5- through 11-Year-Olds. Please click here for the press release.
Resources from the above press release:

From SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow downloaded from NASN thread November 2nd, 2021:
CDC Updates Blood Lead Reference Value to 3.5 µg/dL

Excerpt from the CDC news release referenced below: "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its blood lead reference value (BLRV) from 5 µg/dL to 3.5 µg/dL in response to the Lead Exposure Prevention and Advisory Committee (LEPAC) recommendation made on May 14, 2021. The BLRV is intended to identify children with higher levels of lead in their blood compared to most children, based on the 97.5th percentile of the blood lead level (BLL) distribution in U.S. children ages 1–5 years"

The following resources may provide some helpful information about the updated BLRV:

In addition, an MMWR Policy Note titled, "Update of the Blood Lead Reference Value - United States, 2021" is available at Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) | MMWR (

                                                    THE RELENTLESS SCHOOL NURSE BLOG

                                   by Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FAAN,

                                                  (Please click on the title to read the entire blog)

          The Relentless School Nurse: Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy Through a Trauma-Informed Lens

Resource from our October 26th NJSSNA Educational Program:
Aetna Better Health of New Jersey presented information on their Healthcare Central, NJ FamilyCare Guidance Center in Newark and the services they provide at that location. They provide a lot of community outreach programs with nutritional support, education and assistance with access to healthcare
. Please click here for their brochure.

                                                 THE RELENTLESS SCHOOL NURSE BLOG

                                   by Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FAAN,

                                                  (Please click on the title to read the entire blog)

                                              The Relentless School Nurse: A Concerning Trend

Excerpted resources and ethical substantiation for advocating for Covid-19 vaccines for children:

"Here are two informative articles that can be shared with my families and school staff:

My child is about to turn 12. Which COVID-19 vaccine should they get? James D. Campbell, MD, MS, FAAP

Five Big Questions About COVID Vaccines for Kids With FDA authorization for a kid-size COVID vaccine pending, a pediatrician and infectious-disease expert weighs in on what’s next. By Katherine J. Wu

One final article about our nursing code of ethics:

According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), the nursing code of ethics is a guide for “carrying out nursing responsibilities in a manner consistent with quality in nursing care and the ethical obligations of the profession.” Ethics, in general, are the moral principles that dictate how a person will conduct themselves. Ethical values are essential for ALL healthcare workers, especially nurses. 

What is the Nursing Code of Ethics? Kathleen Gaines By: Kathleen Gaines MSN, RN, BA, CBC"

October 26th SELF CARE FORUM recording and slides. We are checking with our participants regarding the sharing of the recording. Please click here for Dr. Pao-Chu Tseng's slide deck.

More inspiration from Robin CoganMEd, RN, NCSN, FAAN,
(Please click on the title to read the entire blog)
The Relentless School Nurse: Our Most Important Role Yet!

Highlights from the NASN Weekly Digest 10/21/21:

  • White House Announces Update on Operational Planning: The Administration's plan will include a comprehensive effort across the public and private sectors to ensure that the supply, the sites, and the support needed to get our nation’s children vaccinated and protected against COVID-19 will move forward. This effort includes schools as vaccination sites. Review the fact sheet. NASN is advocating for the NURSE Act (Nurses for Under-Resourced Schools Everywhere Act), which would give grants through the Department of Education to add registered school nurses in Title I schools where school nurses do not already exist.

  • NASN and the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) have partnered to develop new School-Located Vaccine Clinic (SLVs) reports, which were completed in tandem and should be reviewed as a complementary pair. Please click here for the NASN COVID-19 Vaccine Administration in Schools resource.

  • NASN and AIM are providing a webinar that will promote school-located vaccinations (SLVs) on Tuesday, October 26th at 3:30pm to 4:30pm, but plan to record the webinar, if NASN members cannot attend at that time. To register for this event, please click here.

From SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ, NEA SISP Fellow, downloaded from NJSSNA & NASN threads October 21, 2021:

NJDOE has a list of approved agencies that you can download. Please click here to see the link for the list. The last two columns note the approved nursing agencies. The only other sub opportunities are if the district hires their own. (The chart is a bit difficult to read, but you'll see)

Approved Clinics and Agencies
Regulated by New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:14-5.1 through 5.2
The clinics and agencies in this directory are approved to contract with public school districts to provide services for two categories of students: 1) Eligible students, enrolled at public expense, in public school districts and 2) Eligible students, enrolled at parental expense, in nonpublic schools. Clinics may be approved to provide services on-site at the location listed and/or off-site at the student's home, school or other appropriate location.

Seizure education opportunities: "Seizure Safe School Courses" from the Epilepsy Foundation, please click here.

Many thanks to Gina Emge, MSN, RN, CSN-NJ, NASN Director, for sharing the above information.


  • “Public Health Recommendations for Implementing COVID-19 Screening Testing in K-12 Schools” was updated October 8, 2021. Updates are highlighted. To view the updated document, please click here.

  • The Northeastern University School Health Academy (NEUSHA) provides engaging, professional learning opportunities that benefit the health, safety and achievement of all youth.  NEUSHA supports school nurses and other school personnel in their efforts to provide evidence-based prevention and management practices to an increasingly diverse, medically-complex student population. To access their website, please click here. NJSSNA Education Co-chair, Karen Haber, MSN, RN, CSN-NJ stated that NEUSHA has excellent resources for those who need credits.

  • To sign up to receive health alert messages including the COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) scores sent to your mailbox, request a new account at

 (Please click on the title to read the entire blog)

The Relentless School Nurse: This is What School Nursing Advocacy Looks Like!

The Relentless School Nurse: Coming to a School District Near You – Vaccine Mandates, Proof of Vaccine and/or Testing for Unvaccinated School Staff

The Relentless School Nurse: In My ___Years #AsANurse I Have…


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(Please click on the above image for the four page document)


We celebrate this well deserved recognition for Robin Cogan's tireless efforts on behalf of her students, community and colleagues. Please see her blog below regarding her acceptance of this prestigious honor, with humor and humility.

The Relentless School Nurse: The American Academy of Nursing & The Wizard of Oz

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MiniMed™ 630G: MMT-1714, MMT-1715, MMT-1754, MMT-1755
MiniMed™ 640G: MMT-1511, MMT-1512, MMT-1551, MMT-1552, MMT-1711, MMT-1712, MMT-1751, MMT-1752
MiniMed™ 670G: MMT-1580, MMT-1741, MMT-1742, MMT-1760, MMT-1761, MMT-1762, MMT-1780, MMT-1781, MMT-1782

Medtronic Expands Recall Of Thousands of Insulin Pumps, please click on title to read the article.

Please click on the title to read the entire blog:
The Relentless School Nurse: Parents & Guardians Let’s Reframe the COVID Conversation as a Shared Responsibility.

This blog includes:

  • A helpful graphic that delineates shared and personal responsibilities.

  • A short video featuring Robin Cogan explaining salient points of Covid-19 management for her school community.

  • A Covid-19 symptoms assessment guide, which can be used as a template and adapted to your district's policies and procedures.

The Relentless School Nurse: Newsflash – Most School Nurses Work ALONE

  • A thorough assessment of school nurse staffing and the need for a team of school nurses during the pandemic.

  • The NASN 2020 position paper on school nurse workload written just prior to the pandemic:

School Nurse Workload: Staffing for Safe Care

FROM SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ downloaded from NJSSNA thread:

September 30, 2021

OCR Issues Guidance on HIPAA, COVID-19 Vaccinations, and the Workplace


Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance to help the public understand when the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule applies to disclosures and requests for information about whether a person has received a COVID-19 vaccine.

The guidance reminds the public that the HIPAA Privacy Rule does not apply to employers or employment records. This is because the HIPAA Privacy Rule only applies to HIPAA covered entities (health plans, health care clearinghouses, and health care providers that conduct standard electronic transactions), and, in some cases, to their business associates.

Today's guidance addresses common workplace scenarios and answers questions about whether and how the HIPAA Privacy Rule applies. This information will be helpful to the public as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We are issuing this guidance to help consumers, businesses, and health care entities understand when HIPAA applies to disclosures about COVID-19 vaccination status and to ensure that they have the information they need to make informed decisions about protecting themselves and others from COVID-19," said OCR Director Lisa Pino.

The Guidance on HIPAA, COVID-19 Vaccinations, and the Workplace may be found at

FDA Warning - UV Wand

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Please click on the title to read the complete blog:
The Relentless School Nurse: A View From Our School Board Meeting

From the blog:

"Last month, school nurses provided testimony about how the American Rescue Plan Funds could help support adequate staffing in school health offices across the district. We shared suggestions that included reinstating our School Health Office Aides, creating two float school nurse positions to help with needed coverage, and securing contracts for substitute school nurses so that we are not traveling in between schools when school nurses are absent, leaving schools unattended. At the end of the evening, one of the Board members said “when healthcare professionals ask for help, we need to pay attention and listen.”

We are here to say thank you, not only for listening but for taking action to help us meet the enormous challenges that we all face. 

We welcome the announcements of hiring 3 float school nurses and the return of our School Health Office Aides." 

From FDA Medwatch:

TOPIC: One Lot of GLUCAGON Emergency Kit by Eli Lilly: Recall - Due to Loss of Potency

ISSUE: Eli Lilly and Company is recalling lot D239382D, Expiration April 2022, of Glucagon Emergency Kit for Low Blood Sugar (Glucagon for Injection, 1 mg per vial; Diluent for Glucagon, 1 mL syringe) because of a product complaint reporting that the vial of Glucagon was in liquid form instead of the powder form. The firm’s investigation indicates that the liquid in this Glucagon vial could be related to the manufacturing process. The use of the liquid form of this product may fail to treat severe low blood sugar due to loss of potency.


FROM SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ downloaded from NJSSNA thread from 9/24/21:

  • NJDOE Suicide Prevention Resources (9/22) - click here


  • NJDOH Reporting for ILI (Influenza-like Illness) and COVID-19 Surveillance and Testing In Schools  (9/22) - click here    We can't forget that we are going into influenza season too! Encourage the flu shot! Here is a link to a poster from NJDOH from last year - click here and the CDC has a number of posters too - click here


NEW: Selected resources from our 9/22/21 presentation:


COVID-19 Healthcare ETS

OSHA standard 1910.504 - Mini Respiratory Protection ProgramThe school must ensure that each employee wearing a respirator instead of a facemask receives training prior to first use and if they change the type of respirator

CDC Project Firstline Infection Control webinars

OSHA Noise level decibels for public spaces (NIOSH has phone app

OSHA's Forthcoming Rule and COVID-19 Vaccination mandates

AmeriCorps Competitive NOFO (Notice of Funding Opportunity):  Schools could obtain assistance with contact tracing from the grant opportunities. The due date for that application is November 16th. 

AmeriCorps Public Health CorpsThere are a series of webinars that will help in the application process for which you would need to register. The due date for this application is November 8. Applications for this Notice of Funding are submitted directly to AmeriCorps State and National which is the federal funding agency


Additional Resources:

Guidance for nebulization during the COVID-19 pandemic (

Expedient Patient Isolation Rooms | NIOSH | CDC

ANA Advocacy Webpage

OSHA Workplace Updates Subscription page

Occupational management of healthcare workers exposed to COVID-19 - Aug 2021

CDC to Invest $2.1 Billion to Protect Patients and Healthcare Workers from COVID-19 and Future Infectious Disease

Article – Do I need to worry about the MU variant?

FDA -Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: September 17, 2021

John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center – US Map

• CDC guidance that includes information  about nebulizers

OSHA Directive - AGP on page 7

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       Guidance for Clinicians Caring for Individuals Recently Evacuated from Afghanistan
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that clinicians be on alert for cases of measles that meet the case definition, as well as other infectious diseases, including mumpsleishmaniasis, and malaria, among evacuees (including both Afghan nationals and U.S. citizens) from Afghanistan. Clinicians should immediately notify their local or state health department of any suspected cases of measles. Clinicians should also recommend the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine for unvaccinated patients. Measles is an extremely contagious infectious disease; around 9 out of 10 people who are close contacts and who are not protected will become infected following exposure to measles virus. As of September 20, 2021, CDC has been notified of 16 confirmed cases of measles and 4 cases of mumps among Afghan nationals and U.S. citizens, recently arriving from Afghanistan and continued vigilance is needed. In addition to MMR vaccination, CDC recommends that evacuees are also up to date on vaccinations for varicella, polio, COVID-19, and seasonal influenza.


New Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Materials Available for Healthcare Providers:

  • A visual one-pager on How to Recognize MIS-C that can be printed and posted in provider offices or given to parents of children who have had COVID-19

  • A list of What Parents Need to Know about MIS-C for providers to use with parents

  • For inpatient providers, What Parents Need to Know After Diagnosis of MIS-C

These resources are available for download or print to share with your colleagues.

FROM SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ downloaded from NJSSNA thread from 9/17/21:

Resources concerning Covid-19 test kits:

The Division of Industry and Consumer Education (DICE) at FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) e-mail account. 


FDA's list of coronavirus tests that the FDA has authorized under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) can be found at and

Please visit the links provided to view. Be sure to scroll down the page and also select "All" to view all the products.

New Resource:

The new website for Asthma Action Plans, please click here.

Please click on the title to read the complete blog.
Meanwhile, Happening in Philly Schools – School Nursing Shortage, Urgent Course Corrections


"The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers published a press release on September 9, 2021 that describes what is happening in Philly and is echoed across the country. This press release was retrieved from: Philadelphia Federation of Teachers website:

September 9, 2021

PHILADELPHIA—"Amidst a surge of the even more transmissible 'Delta' strain of COVID-19 and amidst surges in childhood infections--against the backdrop of the majority of our students not even yet eligible for vaccination--the District's nursing shortage and related failures are especially dangerous."

FROM SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ downloaded from NJSSNA thread from 9/14/21:
RE: 21-22 School Year - NJDOH & NJDOE



  • NJDOH COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation FAQ - please click here


  • NJDOH COVID-19 Third Vaccine Dose FAQs - please click here


  • NJDOH COVID-19 and Athletes poster - please click here


New CDC Materials that Help Students Thrive: Back-to-School 2021:

Back-to-School 2021 Digital Toolkit

Find sample social media posts, graphics, and resources you can use to promote back to school and help students thrive.

Digital Toolkit

New!Back to School Feature

Discover the Five Things Schools Can Do Now to Support Students As They Return to School.

CDC Feature

Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools

Review the latest CDC guidance for protecting students from COVID-19 in schools.

K-12 School Guidance

How Schools Can Support COVID-19 Vaccination

Learn action steps schools can take to support COVID-19 vaccine uptake and improve health literacy.

Support COVID-19 Vaccination

Updated Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

Get step-by-step guidance for helping schools evaluate and develop effective health education programs for students.


Classroom Management Resources

Use these strategies, tools, and templates to apply classroom management approaches and skills to strengthen school connectedness.

Classroom Management

LGBTQ Inclusivity Tool

Use this self-assessment and planning tool to enhance inclusive school policies, programs, and practices to better support LGBTQ students.

Support LGBTQ Youth

New! - LGBTQ Inclusivity in Schools Video

Learn how to use the LGBTQ Inclusivity in Schools: A Self-Assessment Tool to better support LGBTQ students.

YouTube Video

Please click on the title, excerpt or Tweet below to read the complete blog.

The Relentless School Nurse: Lessons From the First Week of School

"After our first week with students, I am wiped out. I would love to crowdsource requests from school nurses to our parents/guardians about what they can do to help us keep their children/teens safe. I will never use anyone’s name or school district/state but would like to share your suggestions/requests/pleas in a blog post. Please help me add to the suggestions I posted in the Tweet below by emailing me"



FROM SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ downloaded from NJSSNA thread from 9/9/2021:

IMPORTANT FROM NJIIS - RE: Accessing Immunization Record 

Please read below


We have received inquiries about accessing immunization records in the New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS).

Please be advised that all authorized users must access and use NJIIS in accordance with existing laws.

Please note the Frequently Asked Question below specifically addressing access to NJIIS by employees seeking to confirm the immunization status of employees.

Additional information is available through the following websites:

DOH CDS Covid-19 Vaccination


Public Access to Administrative Code

Can an employer access an employee's COVID-19 vaccination records in the New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS) to verify their vaccination status?

No, an employer cannot access an employee's vaccination records for the purposes of verifying vaccination for employment.

Authorized NJIIS users can access information in NJIIS only for purposes specified by law. Users shall only access information on a registrant whom they have claimed in NJIIS as their patient and/or to whom they are currently providing healthcare services. Child care centers, schools, colleges and universities shall only access immunization information on a registrant that they have enrolled or are in the process of enrolling in their institutions.

Employers should have employees submit vaccination documentation for verification.  Please see COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation FAQs for more details on valid vaccine documentation.

All authorized users should review the statute and regulations to ensure use is consistent with existing laws. The NJIIS is the official Immunization Registry pursuant to the Statewide Immunization Registry Act – N.J.S.A. 26:4-131 et seq. (P.L. 2004, c. 138), N.J.A.C. 8:57, subchapter 3.


Please Note: This email inbox is NOT monitored for NJIIS related inquiries. If you require additional assistance, please submit an online inquiry request here.

Thank you,
NJIIS Support

FROM SHEILA CALDWELL, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ downloaded from NJSSNA thread from 9/4/2021

21-22 PEOSHA/NJADP -Indoor Air Quality Trainings Schedule
School nurses register by filling out this form, emailing it, and then registering on-line through NJLMN to get their 4 CEUs. Facilities Managers register by filling out this form and emailing it. Facilities Managers with CEFM certification should note that the 4 CEUs will help them to fulfill the NJDOE requirement that 20 CEUs must be earned within a three-year period to maintain certification.
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RE: 21-22 School Year - NJDOH & NJDOE from Sheila Caldwell RN, BSN, CSN-NJ

FYI --  important information that pertains to us or could impact our role as school nurses.


  • NJDOH COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools (8/31) - click here 


  • NJDOH posted CDC Schools and Child Care Programs  (9/1) - click here


  • NJDOH Resources for Schools: Disinfection, Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (9/1) - click here


  • NJDOH "Notice to Clinicians: Maintaining Vigilance for Measles and Paralytic Polio Disease among Arrivals from Afghanistan" (8/30) - **If you did not get this message directly to your email, please contact your local DOH. With families coming from Afghanistan to NJ, you might need to keep watch for symptoms also ask your local department of health if you can be added to the NJLINCS system to get these alerts**


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NASN has provided information about ARPA (click here) and a position statement that speaks ARPA being used to help support the hiring of school nurses and for school health (click here). 

With all this funding flowing into states for school usage, can you share any impact you have seen in the area of school health/school nursing.

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                           VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • In New Jersey, other than mandatory masking, Covid-19 remediation strategies and policies are specific to each district.

  • Therefore, it is critically important for each district nurse to follow their own district's policies and procedures, and not seek suggestions from school nurses in other districts; i.e. school nurses from Bloomfield shouldn't share their interventions with school nurses from Fairfield which may have different policies and procedures.


  • Sheila Caldwell RN, BSN, CSN-NJ reviewed OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standards in a one and a quarter hour workshop filled with excellent information. Some of the topics included: 

    • Development of a Covid-19 workplace template

    • Health screening and medical management​

    • Standard and transmission-based precautions

    • PPE - Districts have to submit documentation as to why if they cannot get PPE

    • Physical distancing

    • Mini respiratory protection program

    • Return to work criteria

    • District Safety Coordinator position

    • Each district in conjunction with their local union will determine how Covid-19 related sick time is managed.


  • There was also an excellent CDC/IDSA COVID-19 Clinician Call: Update on COVID-19 in the Pediatric Population - Hosted in partnership with the AAP at this link:

  • News about the Kappa Variant in Australia, at the link below:

Growing Through Grief: School Nurses Giving and Receiving Support


  • The American Nurses Association curated resources in their Well-Being Initiative to support nurses' mental health and resilience.

  • Although addressing hospital-based nurses, you may find useful grief education in Dealing with GRIEF - a compilation of five short videos and resource guides presented by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF), Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN), Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).

  • In addition, the Coalition to Support Grieving Students has a video on professional self-care for school staff.

  • The Coalition to Support Grieving Students wrote: Back to School 2021: Grieving Students, Transitions and COVID-19 for school staff.

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The Assistant Superintendent of the Irvington Public Schools Dr. Latee McCleod is looking for school nurses. All who are interested can email her directly at

Speaking Up at School Board Meetings is “Good Trouble”, Robin Cogan's statement to her school board is concise, clear and compelling. Please click here for the link.


FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine

Approval Signifies Key Achievement for Public Health

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COMIRNATY (pronounced Koe-mir'-na-tee) is the official brand name for the Pfizer BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine. The name "represents a combination of the terms COVID-19, mRNA, community and immunity to highlight the first authorization of an mRNA vaccine as well as joint global efforts that made this achievement possible with unprecedented rigor and efficiency - and with safety at the forefront - during this global pandemic," Pfizer and BioNTech said.

Excerpted from NJEA President, Marie Blistan (8/23/21): "As you have likely heard, Gov. Phil Murphy issued an executive order today that requires all public employees, including school employees, to either show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or be regularly tested for COVID-19 during the upcoming school year. Though this is being widely reported as a “vaccine mandate” it is actually a vaccine or testing requirement."

NEW OUTSIDE PROGRAM FROM THE CDC LEARNING CONNECTION:  Additional mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People, the CDC recommends an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for moderately to severely immunocompromised people. Please click here for this webinar, which reviews data supporting the recommendation and guidance for clinicians.

Sheila Caldwell, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ reminds us that this notice from our Governor to the President stating that New Jersey stands ready to provide safe harbor, support, stability and peace to Afghan refugees requires school nurses to be knowledgeable about enrollment of homeless, displaced and students based on immigration status **Especially in the face of COVID-19** .


Ms. Caldwell recommends having conversations with District liaisons to find out about entry to US timeframe of quarantine, immunizations, COVID-19 test results, etc. As we learn more about children, who may be coming from Afghanistan or other countries, we need to know about their enrollment. The memos Ms. Caldwell shared previously about immigration status and homelessness are below:

  • NJDOE Enrollment of Students Based Upon Immigration Status (8/18) - please click here

  • NJDOE Reminder: Enrollment of Children and Youths Experiencing Homelessness  (8/18) - please click here


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Time for a Fact Check Reminder to S.I.F.T. – Stop.Investigate.Find.Trace. To read this blog, please click here.
FAACT’s (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connections Team) Roundtable Podcast – Back-to-School COVID-19 Tips, please click here.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:  There is an immediate opening for the Philip's Academy Charter School in Newark.
The duration of the position is until they are able to hire a full-time school nurse.
The contact person is Ms. Barimah and her email address is 



SAMHSA is committed to providing regular training and technical assistance (TTA) on matters related to the mental and substance use disorder field as they deal with COVID-19.

Their TA programs are delivering great resources during this time. View the updated available TTA resources to assist with the current situation.