Coronavirus Information for Preschool
This newsletter will be updated with current information about Covid 19 protocols related to preschoolers.
Parent volunteers are once again permitted in schools and classrooms with the approval of the building principal. In order to be approved for volunteering, all volunteers must first show proof of full vaccination, including booster, against COVID-19. For these purposes and as per NJDOH guidelines, you are considered fully vaccinated and boosted if one of the following applies:
- You have received a booster shot at least 5 months after the last dose in the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna
- You have received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) at least 2 months after a J&J vaccine
- Your initial vaccine series was completed within the last five months (Pfizer/Moderna) or within the last two months (J&J)
What is a close contact?
For contact tracing purposes, a "close contact" is anyone who spent 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period and was within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 while they were infectious (two days before the onset of symptoms to 10 days after).
IF YOUR CHILD IS UNVACCINATED OR HAS NOT YET COMPLETED VACCINATION (including the two-week period following the completion of vaccine doses):
- Your child must remain home from school in quarantine and should stay away from other people for at least 5 days (the exposure date is considered day 0; start counting on day 1).
- If COVID-19 symptoms develop during this 5-day period, your child should get tested and contact the school nurse for additional instructions.
- If your child does not develop symptoms (see Daily Student Screening on our website) during this 5-day period, your child must share a negative Covid test result, at least 5 days after exposure in order to return to school. The test can be a rapid at-home. Please submit a picture of the test results with child's name, date of birth, and date of test to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If the test is negative, your child’s quarantine can end after day 5 but must wear a well-fitted mask around others at all times through day 10.
- PLEASE NOTE: the test results must be reviewed by the school nurse before their return to school is approved.
- If the test is positive, your child must remain in quarantine. Contact the school nurse and your child’s healthcare provider immediately.
When should I test my child?
If your child was asked to return to school with a negative test. 5 days after the exposure, here is an example of how you calculate the test date:
EXAMPLE: If the date of exposure was January 1, your child needs to test on January 6. The first day that is calculated is the day after exposure. January 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 is day 5.
You may go to the testing location of your choice. However, insurance will no longer be paying for testing unless the person has symptoms or the person is a close contact. Please ensure you have clear information before testing.
- Morris School District’s in-district COVID testing: Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 4:00-6:30 PM at the MHS Field House in the back of the school building. Click here for the exact location.
Protocols for Students. Families should monitor their children for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and complete a symptom check at home each morning prior to their children leaving for school. The Daily Student Screening linked below includes a list of symptoms of COVID-19 as well as situations that may have resulted in exposure to COVID-19. Please keep your child at home and contact Nurse Deb if you observe any of the listed symptoms or if you answer YES to any of the questions in the Daily Student Screening.
Virtual Learning for Preschoolers
PreK students will have periodic check-ins, but most of their learning will take place offline using the guided learning lessons. If an entire preschool classroom is quarantined, teachers will schedule live virtual instruction for a large groups, daily read-aloud, small group instruction, and music and movement. In addition, sometimes we may be able to make exceptions to providing virtual instruction even when a whole class is not quarantined. If this happens, the classroom teacher will reach out to the families.