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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:


FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine

Approval Signifies Key Achievement for Public Health

(please click the title to read the article)

"Science-The Delta Variant Isn't Just Hyper-Contagious. It Also Grows More Rapidly Inside You", [to read the article and see the illustration showing the main mutation sites of the delta variant of the coronavirus, and the virus's spike protein (red) binding to a receptor on a human cell (blue)], please click here.


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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

March News From Saint Barnabas Medical Center including:

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

  • Reminder for women to schedule preventive care visits

  • Cardiac Care information



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.

 Updates from the CDC 2/10-2/13:

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

Important Updated 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 hereThis document contains public health recommendations for vaccinated persons.

School nurses: Keeping school children, families, and communities healthy, please click here.


  • 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


 Understanding and Explaining mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines to your patients


 N.J. setting up call center to assist people in getting a COVID vaccine

          The telephone number is: 855-568-0545

 What Does a More Contagious Virus Mean for Schools?


 Fast-spreading COVID variant can elude immune responses


 Norway Moves to Calm Vaccine Anxiety After Elderly Deaths


 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.)


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

 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.   f:1688333304929300814&th=176e2a3216c5b14e&view=att&disp=safe&realattid=176e2a29949c39792941


 Senate passes School-Based Allergies and Asthma Act (H.R. 2468)

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.


 Comprehensive COVID-19 vaccine website, please click here.

 Mononucleosis can recur although it is rare. Click here for the Mayo clinic article.


 Risk of False Results with the Curative SARS-Cov-2 Test for COVID-19

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


 Moderna Vaccine is Highly Protective Against Covid-19 the F.D.A finds

 JAMA Presentation "Covid-19 Vaccines and Herd Immunity" YouTube
 Can Poinsettia Plants Cause a Latex Allergy Reaction?
 RNs needed for Covid 19 Vaccination Administration
 Face shields no match for sneeze vortex rings
 NASN asks Biden/Harris Transition Team for $1.36 billion dollars to be allocated to help schools and districts hire school   nurses
 Military-grade camera shows risks of airborne coronavirus spread
 COVID-19 Vaccine Has Potential Side Effects, Nurse Volunteer Says 
 74% of NJ COVID-19 Positive Cases Not Cooperating With Contact Tracers
 Moderna Filing for FDA Emergency COVID Vaccine Approval, Reports 94.1% Efficacy
 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.
 CNBC article: (clickable title) Doctors say CDC should warn people the side effects from Covid vaccine shots won't be a ' walk in the park'
 An Explanation for Some Covid-19 Deaths May Not Be Holding Up
 Pregnant Women More Likely to Face Higher Risks From COVID-19, Study Says
 Parents speak out after their 5-year-old daughter dies from COVID-19​
 CDC expands definition of ‘close contacts,’ after study suggests Covid-19 can be passed in brief interactions
 US Army bans masks with valves for soldiers in South Korea since the exhaled air   passes out through the mask unfiltered (journal article from Stars and Stripes).
 NJ/ NJDOH now has a tab on the NJ Covid-19 Dashboard for School Data
 NJSSNA members' conversation thread please click here
Highlights from the thread (one of the great reasons to join NJSSNA/NASN) Article Regarding the Receipt of Rapid Tests From the Feds
FDA Usage of BinaxNow Rapid Test
BinaxNow Provider Fact Sheet
*Short Video on BinaxNow 
*interesting fact from the above video: nasal swab can be negative while Covid-19 is present in the lungs
Fact Sheet From the Manufacturer
 A great big thank you to Sheila Caldwell, BSN, RN, CSN-NJ for this information
  • Please click here to see excerpts from the 9/28 and 9/30 Covid-19 briefing​
  • Governor Murphy's contact information is as follows:
    • Mailing address: Honorable Phil Murphy​, Governor, Office of the Governor, P.O. Box 001, Trenton, New Jersey, 08625
    • Email address: You can upload your letter to the following contact form field by clicking on this link
    • Phone number: 1-609-292-6000
  • To find your local Senate and Assembly representatives, please click on this link​(My apologies that the previous link was for the Federal, not State legislature.)
  • Beware of Non-FDA Approved COVID-19 Test Scams. Click here for the notice from the Division of Consumer Affairs
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Bill A4378 authorizing the establishment of a State School Nurse Consultant position within the N.J. Department of Education (NJDOE) has been signed into law by Governor Murphy.
Congratulations to our NJSSNA leadership team for this historic accomplishment. Please click here for the NJSSNA announcement from September 14, 2020

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