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Nurse's Corner

Welcome to the Schoenly School Nurse's website!  My name is Samantha Avallone and I transferred to Schoenly from Spotswood High School December 2021.  
Prior to working as a school nurse, I worked in a busy pediatric emergency room.  I still work per diem at a pediatric urgent care.  I have also worked in critical care and adult emergency medicine, but I love working with children.  Before becoming a nurse, I also worked as a teacher and taught English Language Arts to middle and high school students. I am a mother to a four year old daughter and a 16 year old son, so I understand what it is like to be a parent during these difficult times.  I am here for you! 
I can be reached via email at [email protected] 
My office number is 732-723-2200 ext. 4040
To send a fax address it to Attention: Samantha Avallone, Schoenly School Nurse
Fax number: 732-251-7666
Covid-19 Updates 
Please keep your child home when he/she is sick and have them take a home covid test. 
Covid symptoms may include, but are not limited to, fever, cough, sore throat, headaches, body aches, chills, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.  People can have no symptoms at all and test positive for Covid or they could have many symptoms.  Symptoms could be mild or so severe they require hospitalization.  Please do your part and test your child whenever they have a new illness.  If they test negative, they may return to school. There will be no remote instruction this year. Absences related to Covid can be marked as excused.
The district will follow the NJ Department of Health Guidelines in regards to Covid-19 isolation and quarantine. Their website can be found at this link:
To find out how high the cases are within the county please visit: 
If you are diagnosed with Covid-19, these are the guidelines for isolation: 
Generally speaking, if you have no symptoms or symptoms are mild, you should isolate for 5 days. The first day you experience symptoms or test positive is considered day 0.  On day 6, you can return to activities while wearing a high-quality, well-fitted mask.  A mask should be worn through day 10.  
Please understand that guidelines are constantly changing and our district protocols may change based on NJ State Department of Education or Department of Health recommendations. 
Screen Time Guide for Parents 
In today's modern world of screen usage, it is important to consider the negative effects of extended screen time on the eyes, minds, and bodies of children. The following link is a free digital resource led by expert ophthalmologists and optometrists to provide trusted information on eye health and vision. It contains information about: 
-Problems screens can cause
-How to develop screen time rules
-Suggested screen time limits by age
-Teaching and encouraging digital literacy, and more.
Please visit Screen Time Guide for Parents for more information