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Nurse's Corner

Nurse's Corner

Spotswood High School Nurse's Corner
Welcome to the SHS NURSE'S Corner

Samantha Avallone, RN, BSN

Hello! I am the new school nurse here at Spotswood High School and I am very happy to join your school community.  I want to wish a warm welcome back to all of our students who are now attending in-person instruction for the fourth marking period, and let those at home know that we hope to see you next fall.  
 
If you or your child are not feeling well, please stay home.  Any student experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, new loss of sense of taste or smell, nasal congestion, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, or fatigue should stay home and consider getting a PCR test for Covid-19.  Rapid antigen covid-19 tests are not very accurate and results are not accepted as clearance at this time. Students who are sent home will be asked to stay home in isolation for ten days or may return after obtaining a negative PCR test.  Close contacts of students who test positive for Covid-19 will be asked to quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms of Covid-19.  
 
Please bear with us, as you may receive phone calls asking questions when your child is absent from school.  We must do our part as school nurses, administrators, or support staff in conducting contact tracing in order to stop the spread, keep our school community safe, and keep our doors open. We appreciate your cooperation during this difficult time.  
 
 
Here are some helpful links to learn more about Covid-19:
 
Local Testing Sites: 
 
Remember:
Wear a mask properly, covering your nose and mouth
Social distance, stay six feet apart when possible
Cloth masks should be washed after each use to prevent infection
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently
Avoid non-essential travel
 
Signs and Symptoms of a Severe Medical Condition:
shortness of breath
low oxygen levels
changes in skin color
lethargy, unable to wake up
chest pain or pressure
Please seek medical attention immediately!
 
It is also still flu season.  The flu vaccine is strongly recommended, unless your child's healthcare provider has found reason for not providing the vaccine to your child. Hand washing is vital in reducing exposure to communicable disease. Also, eating a healthy balanced diet, keeping hydrated and getting enough rest enhances immunity. If your child is ill or should develop a a fever, please keep them home.
 
Please also be aware if you intend to get the Covid-19 vaccine, you should not receive any other vaccines within 14 days of receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.

Please review these websites and always feel free to contact me or your healthcare provider with any additional concerns.

www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/coldflu.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html
 
All students requiring any sort of medication in school, over the counter or prescription, must have a medication form filled out and signed by their parents and their medical professional. Separate forms for life threatening allergy requiring epinepherine and those living with asthma are required. Parents are required to bring/send in all medication to the nurses office except those medications which students are allowed by law to self-carry (i.e. asthma rescue inhalers and Auvi-Q's/EpiPens). Forms can be found on this page.
Medical Forms: