COVID-19 Return to School Protocols

For In-Person Learning

Updated 5/17/2021

Student Tests POSITIVE for COVID-19

1. Your child must isolate for:

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared or if asymptomatic, 10 days since providing the test sample and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving


2. After having your child evaluated by a Medical Doctor, please call the school nurse to inform the school nurse of your child’s status.


3. Before your child will be permitted to return to in-person school after isolation, you must

provide the school nurse with a note from a Medical Doctor stating that your child has

been evaluated for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and the student is clear to return to

school. This medical note will be reviewed by the principal who may consult with the school

physician to determine if/when your child is able to return to school.

Student is SYMPTOMATIC

1. Your child must isolate for:
  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving


2. Have your child evaluated by a Medical Doctor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • This may require that your child is tested for COVID-19.


3. After having your child evaluated by a Medical Doctor, please call the school nurse to inform the school nurse of your child’s status. A negative test and a note from a medical doctor may be provided to the school nurse which may reduce the required isolation time.

4. Before your child will be permitted to return to in-person school after the 10 day isolation period, you must provide the school nurse with a note from a Medical Doctor stating that your child has been evaluated for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and the student is clear to return to school. This medical note will be reviewed by the principal who may consult with the school physician to determine if/when your child is able to return to school.

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

1. Your child must quarantine for 10 days without testing OR 7 days with a negative test result (molecular-PCR or antigen) collected at 5-7 days. (not before day 5). Remote learning will be provided.


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


3. If your child becomes symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19 during the quarantine, please have your child isolate and have them evaluated by a Medical Doctor and call the school nurse to inform the school nurse of your child’s status.


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 patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.)