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April 29 - NJ Department of Health Downgrades Our Region to "Yellow" Status in COVID Activity Report

FYI: NJ Department of Health Downgrades Our Region to “Yellow” Status

April 29, 2021

Dear Parents and Staff,

For your information, the New Jersey Department of Health announced today that our area (Central East) and, in fact, the entire state of New Jersey has been downgraded from a High Risk (orange) to Moderate Risk (yellow) level under the state’s COVID-19 Activity Report.

This change directly impacts the exclusion timeline for any student or staff member identified as a “close contact” by REDUCING the amount of days a person must quarantine. 

In accordance with these guidelines, effective immediately, any staff member or student, who is identified as a close contact of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be:

  • Excluded for 10 days (reduced from 14 days) without being tested OR
  • Excluded for only 7 days, if they get a negative result from a test (PCR or rapid antigen) that occurs at 5-7 days after exposure.  A copy of the negative test result must be provided to the school nurse (for students) or human resources (for staff members) prior to returning.

*Source: COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools


RELATED INFORMATION:

Please know that in accordance with state Department of Health and CDC guidelines, staff members or students who are fully vaccinated (which means two weeks after their final dose) AND who are not symptomatic are NOT subject to a quarantine if they are identified as a “close contact”.


RESOURCES:

If you have any questions regarding this communication, please contact your School Nurse, school principal, or Assistant Superintendent of Schools Dan Baginski.