COVID-19 Protocols

Updated 9/6/2022

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

Quarantine is no longer recommended for people who are exposed to COVID-19 except in certain high-risk congregate settings. In schools and ECE settings, which are generally not considered high-risk congregate settings, people who were exposed to COVID-19 can continue to attend school as long as they remain asymptomatic. CDC recommends that individuals who were exposed to COVID-19 wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after exposure.

Exposed persons, regardless of vaccination status, are strongly recommended to get tested 5 full days after exposure, on day 6 (date of exposure is considered day 0). If testing is unavailable, school attendance can continue. If the test is positive, they must follow isolation recommendations.

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.