Prospect Park School District
Office of the Superintendent
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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE ON RETURNING TO SCHOOL
March 1, 2021
This letter is to inform you that an individual at Prospect Park School has been identified as a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) case. The District is coordinating closely with public health officials and following CDC, state, and local health department guidance in order to assure the health and safety of our community. Contact tracing at the school has been completed as well as cleaning and disinfecting of all exposed areas. The school is also taking precautions to prevent the introduction and spread of viruses and other germs and is cleaning frequently touched surfaces daily. The status of this situation is fluid, and we are monitoring it closely. We understand the level of concern regarding COVID-19.
Due to this, the district will push back its return to in person instruction to tentatively Monday, March 15, 2021. This is a fluid situation; if this changes to a later date we will inform you as soon as possible.
Reminders about returning to school on March 15, 2021:
Kindergarten, First, Second and Third: 5 days a week
PreK and Grades 4-8 Hybrid AA/BB schedule Alternating Fridays
All classes will continue to live stream; students who are remote, remain remote and will continue to follow their regular schedule.
Please remember, students are only eligible to return to school if your child was in person earlier in the year, or emailed the school by December 28. Changes can still be made for Marking Period 4 which begins April 14. Any parent that chose remote on or before December 28 is a remote student for this marking period.
Please also remember:
- This is a fluid situation. The district may turn to virtual learning at any time due to cases and/or exposure.
- Students MUST remain home when they are sick. Any student exhibiting COVID symptoms must stay home for 10 days or have a negative COVID test.
- Close contacts of a COVID19 case will be excluded for 10 days (in absence of testing) from date of last contact or 7 days if the student has a negative test on days 5-7.
- Spring Break: We are still following NJ Travel Guidelines. Any family who is traveling outside of New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware must quarantine for 14 days and cannot participate in In Person learning.
- It is essential that you notify the school nurse if you or your child has COVID-19 or has been exposed to COVID-19.
As always, we appreciate our community’s support and cooperation. We thank you for your hard work during this time. You can assist us by remaining vigilant but sensible in your approach to dealing with this health concern. Should you have any questions about this situation, please feel free to contact the school nurse.
School Nurse: Ms. King-Hallgren: email@example.com
Mrs. A. Angermeyer
Below are some resources that might be helpful.
- NJDOH COVID-19 Information for Communities and the General Public: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml
- Get the Facts about Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Symptoms of COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptomstesting/symptoms.html
- Testing: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/index.html; https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing
- How to Protect Yourself: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-gettingsick/prevention.html
- What to Do if You Are Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-aresick/steps-when-sick.html
STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK
We encourage parents and students to continue following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention promoted safeguards, such as:
- Staying home when you are sick;
- Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
- Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
- Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils; • Practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart);
- Wearing a mask while in school; and
- Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms.
Signs and symptoms of COVID-19
- fever (measure or subjective)
- rigors (shivers)
- myalgia (muscle aches), headache
- sore throat
- nausea or vomiting
- congestion or runny nose
- cough, shortness of breath
- difficulty breathing
- new olfactory disorder
- new taste disorder
Please let the school nurse know if your child has any of the symptoms above.