COVID-19 Protocols

Updated 1/11/2022

Student tests POSITIVE for COVID-19

1. The student must isolate for at least 5 full days.


  • Day 0 is the day symptoms began or the day of the viral test specimen collection (for individuals with no COVID-19 symptoms).
  • The student may return to school on the 6th day and must be fever-free without fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours and symptoms must be improving.


Upon return to school, the student must wear a well-fitted mask.

Student is SYMPTOMATIC

1. The student must isolate for at least 5 days.
  • Day 0 is the day symptoms began.
  • The student may return to school on the 6th day and must be fever-free without fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours and symptoms must be improving.


2. With a negative COVID-19 test, no isolation is needed as long as the student is fever-free for 24 hours.


  • Please note, an alternate diagnosis (i.e. positive strep test, influenza, etc.) without a negative COVID-19 test is not acceptable for individuals who meet COVID-19 exclusion criteria to return to school earlier than the recommended exclusion timeframes.
  • The negative COVID test CANNOT be a home-based test unless the home-based test is sent to a laboratory for processing.


Upon return to school, the student must wear a well-fitted mask.

Student is determined to be a CLOSE CONTACT to a Confirmed COVID-19 Positive Case

1. The student must quarantine for 5 days after the last exposure to the confirmed positive case. Day 0 is the day of close contact to the confirmed positive case.


2. The student will be permitted to return to school after satisfying the quarantine requirement outlined above provided they do not become symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19 during their quarantine.


3. If the student becomes symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19 during the quarantine, the student must isolate and call the school nurse to inform the school of your student’s status.


The close contact does not have to quarantine if the student:

  • is fully vaccinated and has no symptoms, or

    • (Fully vaccinated = 2 weeks after a Pfizer or Moderna second dose; 2 weeks after a Johnson & Johnson single dose.)

  • tested positive for COVID-19 on a viral test and clinically recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 90 days, or

  • was within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student, in an indoor classroom setting, where both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore a well-fitted mask the entire time and has no symptoms.



In accordance with the New Jersey Department of Health, “close contact” is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic individuals, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the individual is isolated.