January 12, 2022
Dear Parents and School Community Members,
Over the holiday break, I reported that the NJ Department of Health had advised us not to change our quarantine protocols until we received its revised guidance for school settings. The most recent version of that guidance is now available, and in consultation with our local health official, we are following the revised guidelines that reduce isolation and quarantine timeframes to five days with continued mask wearing, indoors and outdoors, through the tenth day.
The underlying premise of the revised guidance is to limit quarantines to the period of time when individuals are most infectious. We are pleased that the changes will help us limit the amount of time students and staff are away from school. The updated guidance is on our Covid dashboard. We also have displayed the NJDOH’s COVID-19: Information for Schools more prominently on our COVID-19 Dashboard. You can find additional resources on that webpage.
Because the guidance is dated January 10, 2022, our health official is allowing us to follow the changes retroactive to that date. Our health office will call families that are affected by the reduced timeframes and will continue to work closely with our local health official to apply the updated guidance to individual circumstances. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s school nurse. Thank you in advance for your patience with the process.
On a related note, we provided information yesterday about a vaccine clinic, which is being hosted by WHRHS this Friday, January 14. Health officials continue to recommend vaccination as the top mitigation strategy. It also helps us keep the children in school, because fully vaccinated students do not have to quarantine when identified as a close contact.
Meanwhile, as cases continue to develop at a high rate in our region, please help us keep our schools open by following the safety precautions and mitigation strategies outside of school.
Thank you for your ongoing support. We appreciate it.