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Covid Timeline Update

January 18, 2022

Dear Staff and Families:

Recently, schools received updated guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health that provides recommended isolation and quarantine guidelines. The isolation and quarantine guidelines have been updated based on several factors associated with Covid-19. The shortened timeframes for isolation and quarantine focus on the period of time when an individual is most infectious, followed by continued masking for an additional five (5) days. In addition to outlining isolation and quarantine timeframes, the updated guidance continues to stress the importance of wearing a well-fitted mask.

Isolation

Isolation is used to separate individuals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19. An individual who tests positive or is presumed positive based on symptoms, should isolate for a full five (5) days.

More specifically, individuals who test positive AND are symptomatic or individuals who are symptomatic but have not tested or individuals awaiting test results:

Isolation Timeframe

  • Stay home and isolate from other individuals for 5 full days

  • Day 0 is the first day symptoms appeared

  • If symptoms resolve, isolation ends after 5 full days

  • If symptoms persist, continue to isolate until fever-free for 24 hours and other symptoms have improved

Additionally, for individuals who test positive but are asymptomatic:

Isolation Timeframe

  • Stay home and isolate from other individuals for 5 full days

  • Day 0 is the day of the positive viral test

  • If no symptoms develop, isolation ends after 5 full days

  • If symptoms develop within one week of the positive test, the isolation timeframe starts over with Day 0 being the first day symptoms appeared

Quarantine Timeframe

  • Individuals required to quarantine should stay away from other individuals for 5 days from the last close contact of a positive case

  • The date of last contact is considered Day 0

  • If COVID-19 symptoms develop, follow isolation guidelines

  • Continue to wear a well-fitted mask around other individuals through Day 10

  • Continue to monitor for symptoms

We believe that the revised guidelines for contact tracing will substantially reduce the number of days students and staff are expected to quarantine and isolate.  Our administrators are prepared to implement these changes as appropriate.  At times, based on guidance from the health department and our medical professionals, adjustments may be made to the isolation and quarantine timelines. 

We will implement the updated isolation and quarantine timeframes immediately. Please note that our nurses are well-versed on the guidelines and can help you with any isolation or quarantine questions. We are pleased that these new guidelines will significantly reduce the need for students to quarantine as a result of being a close contact.  This is good news. 

I want to thank you all for your continued patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

Mr. Alfonso Llano, Superintendent

At a Glance: January 2022 Updated Quarantine/Isolation Protocols Table