@HSD Health Update

Friday, March 26, 2021

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Spring Break Travel Requirements

Travelers and N.J. residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine following recommendations from the CDC per NJ COVID-19 Info Hub. Compliance is expected.

  • If travel is unavoidable, travelers should consider getting tested with a molecular test (not an antibody test) 1-3 days before the trip and again 3-5 days after the trip.

  • If travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time.

  • If travelers test negative, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, and proof of a negative molecular test should be provided to the school nurse.

  • If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Please visit HSD's COVID-19 Decision Tree for additional details.

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Reopening Phase III

We are closely monitoring regional and county COVID-19 data. Numbers have been rising over the past four weeks, which has moved our region from the Moderate to High Activity level. While there are no plans to revert from our current Phase II protocols, it is possible there will be a delay in Phase III implementation. If there is a delay in Phase III implementation, the elimination of virtual Wednesday will move forward as planned. Our goal is to update the community on Phase III status no later than Thursday, April 1, which coincides with our weekly meeting with the Camden County Department of Health and the release of the updated COVID activity levels.

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Phase III and Lunches

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HSD's COVID-19 Decision Tree

Your one-stop site for HSD-specific COVID answers including Isolation, Quarantine, and Travel Protocols. This document has been recently updated (2/19). Please pay special note to the 14-day quaratine protocol requirement.

Seasonal Allergies vs. COVID-19 Symptoms and HSD School Attendance

Managing Seasonal Allergies: If your child has significant seasonal allergies, it is important to provide your school nurse with documentation from their healthcare provider concerning this diagnosis. Your child may attend school if the seasonal allergies are well managed. Please follow your child’s healthcare provider’s recommendations for allergy medication/s administration.

If your child’s allergies result in uncontrolled symptoms, a remote learning day will be required until symptoms improve.

  • A medical note will be necessary from your child’s healthcare provider for return to school once symptoms improve.

  • If your child’s healthcare provider suggests COVID-19 testing, your child may return to school if the result from a molecular test is determined to be negative. Provide your school nurse with the results of the COVID-19 screening test along with a medical clearance note.

  • If testing is recommended, siblings will need to remain home until a negative test is received.

Students will not be permitted to remain in school while exhibiting the following uncontrolled seasonal allergy symptoms:

  • Unable to wear a face mask comfortably due to increased sneezing, runny nose, or congestion making breathing difficult.

  • Uncontrollable sneezing, runny nose, or congestion even if able to wear a face mask.

  • Frequent coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath.

  • Increased fatigue that prevents your child from learning in the school setting.

Remember, children with allergies can still get sick. This means if your child has allergies and then develops new symptoms that do not respond to allergy medications, it is important to follow up with your child’s healthcare provider. Anyone with signs of illness should isolate at home to avoid transmitting the germs to others.

Please see the HSD COVID-19 DECISION TREE for detailed information, and refer to the following website:

CDC: Overlap of COVID-19 symptoms with seasonal allergy symptoms.

If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse.

Phase II and Contact Tracing

As predicted, we are seeing an uptick in contact tracing and school exclusions now that we have more students in our classrooms. While the CDC and NJDOH have adopted the new 3ft. physical distancing for students, the 6ft. requirement for contact tracing remains.
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