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NJ COVID-19 Activity Report Shows Our Area is Now in HIGH Status What Does This Mean for Us?

NJ COVID-19 Activity Report Shows Our Area is Now in HIGH Status

What Does This Mean for Us?

Nov. 23, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff:

As we explained in our Moving Forward: Phase II Update, our current geographical region (Central East) has escalated from Medium to High in the New Jersey COVID-19 Activity Level Report. (View the Weekly NJ COVID-19 Activity Level Reports and the COVID-19 Regional Risk Matrix.)

This change in activity level impacts schools in our region greatly. It does not require us to move to full remote instruction, but it does instruct districts to “consider” doing so. The Jackson School District is struggling to remain on our current course. Every case, exposure and quarantine order challenges our ability to staff our buildings, transport our students and continue in-person instruction.

Being conscientious about your own activities, limiting your travel and exposure, and staying home when you are sick all help us maintain in-person instruction. 

WHAT HAS CHANGED

Up until now, those who had a positive COVID-19 test result, or who were pending a test result that was presumed positive were quarantined. We also worked with health officials to locate close contacts of the positive individual and to quarantine those close contacts as well, in accordance with state guidelines.

The escalation of this Activity Level to “High” means we must now:

    • Treat ALL persons with COVID-19 compatible symptoms as a presumed positive case, whether they have been tested or not.
    • Quarantine the individual with the symptoms, investigate close contacts, and then quarantine those close contacts as well.
    • This means if you are the close contact of a person with symptoms - you will be notified of your need to quarantine.

 

 

Any staff member or child experiencing the symptoms (reminder chart is below), should not attend school and should also report your symptoms to your school nurse (and to your supervisor if you are a staff member).

  • Family members of anyone experiencing the symptoms below should also stay home during the quarantine period.

.Thank you for remaining vigilant in your health and safety measures, and for filling out our Daily COVID-19 Screening Form on the Parent Portal truthfully and faithfully each morning your child will be attending school in person.  Please also remember that the NJ Travel Advisory remains in place.  


COVID-19 Compatible Symptoms

Group A - 2 or more symptoms

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Chills 
  • Rigors
  • Myalgia (muscle aches)
  • Sore Throat 
  • Nausea or Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Runny nose

Group B -  1 or more symptoms

  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • New loss of smell
  • New loss of taste