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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.
Quarantine is no longer recommended for people who are exposed to COVID-19 except in certain high-
risk congregate settings. In schools and ECE settings, which are generally not considered high-risk
congregate settings, people who were exposed to COVID-19 can continue to attend school as long as
they remain asymptomatic. CDC recommends that individuals who were exposed to COVID-19 wear a
well-fitting mask for 10 days after exposure.

Exposed persons, regardless of vaccination status, are strongly recommended to get tested 5 full days
after exposure, on day 6 (date of exposure is considered day 0). If testing is unavailable, school
attendance can continue. If the test is positive, they must follow isolation recommendations.
Here is the link to the PDF file above. If you cannot access hyperlinks in the document they can be accessed here:
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: 
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