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COVID Information & Policies


Receiving the COVID vaccine is the best way to contribute to the overall health and safety of our individual students and school community.  Individuals who are fully vaccinated or those who have had an active COVID infection, may still contract and/or transmit the virus. Adhering to our policies is an imperative responsibility of every member of our community.


We have updated our policies in support of keeping students and staff safe while allowing them to return to school more expediently post exposure or diagnosis.  We continue to consult with  our medical experts at Atlantic Health, our colleagues in partner schools, the NJDOH, NJDOE and CDC to determine best practices. While you may note some discrepancies between sources, it is important to know that safety and caution will always influence our decision-making process.  


Please note: Rapid Antigen and PCR tests are accepted for return to school.


Attendance: attendance@aose.info, 973-290-5222

School RN: healthoffice@aose.info, 973-290-5239

Main Office: 973-290-5200



CONTACT THE SCHOOL NURSE AND/OR MAIN OFFICE WHEN:


  • Your student has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • You believe your student has come in contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • Your student has traveled outside the immediate region of New Jersey (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware) and is unvaccinated. 


ATTENDANCE


Students who do not feel well should not come to school. Parental notification is needed for all student absences.  Parents must be prepared to provide reason for absence (including symptoms experienced) to the attendance and health office.  Note that when medical clearance is needed, it must state the absence was non-COVID-19 related and that COVID-19 testing was not deemed necessary.  


In addition to the bullet points below, there may be other times a doctor’s note is needed pending clinical judgment of the school nurse and/or Administration.


  • Students who are absent and have not experienced COVID-symptoms should follow pre-COVID school guidelines as referenced in the Student/Parent Handbook.  In order to come back to school, they must be afebrile for 24 hours without the use of medication.  If a student is absent for one or two days, a parent note is required upon her returnThose who are absent for three days or more, will require medical clearance

  • Students who are absent and have experienced COVID-symptoms must provide a negative COVID test prior to returning to school.  This is true regardless of the number of days absent.  Those who are absent for three days or more, will require a negative COVID test AND medical clearance.


REMOTE STATUS


Remote status will ONLY be permitted for the following situations:


  • Your daughter needs to quarantine due to exposure
  • Your daughter needs to quarantine post travel
  • Your daughter has been diagnosed with COVID-19


SYMPTOMATIC STUDENTS


All students must report to the health office if they are questioning how they feel at school.  If the school nurse determines that the student is experiencing COVID-symptoms, parents will be contacted and a rapid test will be administered (with parent permission).  In order to assure the utmost safety for the student and entire staff, the student must be picked up as soon as possible.  



EXPOSURE


If you believe your daughter has come in contact with a COVID positive individual, you must notify the health office.  Note: day 1 is the day after your daughter was last in contact with the positive individual.


Fully vaccinated individuals: are not required to quarantine, but need to test at least 5 days post exposure and monitor symptoms closely during this time. 


Unvaccinated individuals: will need to quarantine for at least 5 full days after the date of exposure and then can return to school with a negative rapid antigen or PCR test.  The remote learning option will be available during this time.


Additional precautions necessary until a full 10-days have passed since exposure:

  • Wear a properly fitted mask at all times in the building and during extracurricular activities.
  • Remain socially distanced from others when there is a need to take masks off (such as at lunch).

Individuals who have had a confirmed COVID diagnosis within the last 90 days will not be required to quarantine or test, but will need to wear a mask for 10 days post-exposure.  



POSITIVE COVID CASES


Students diagnosed with COVID must provide a copy of their positive test results to the school nurse.  


Students who test positive and are symptomatic:

  • Must stay home and isolate for at least 5 full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms).  The remote learning option will be available during this time.
  • Can return to school w/ Medical Clearance on day 6 if symptoms resolve (fever-free for 24 hours and improvement in all other symptoms).
  • Will need to continue to isolate if symptoms persist beyond 5 days until fever-free for 24 hours and improvement in all symptoms.


Students who test positive but have no symptoms:

  • Must stay home and isolate for at least 5 full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms).  The remote learning option will be available during this time.
  • Can return to school w/ Parent Attestation on day 6 if no symptoms develop.
  • Will need to begin a new 5-day isolation window if symptoms develop within a week of testing positive.

Additional precautions necessary until a full 10-days have passed since testing positive/start of symptoms:

  • Wear a properly fitted mask at all times in the building and during extracurricular activities.
  • Remain socially distanced from others when there is a need to take masks off (such as at lunch).
  • No participation in sports or PE classes.


TRAVEL


Travel between the immediate region of New Jersey (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware) does not require quarantine.  Be advised, students that choose to travel during school time will NOT be offered remote learning during the duration of their trip.  


Fully vaccinated individuals:  

  • May travel domestically.  Upon return, students must monitor symptoms for 10 days and notify the health office should symptoms develop.

Unvaccinated individuals:  

  • Prior to traveling, parents must contact the attendance and health office and provide travel dates.
  • Must get a rapid antigen or PCR test 3-5 days from the date of return to NJ AND quarantine pending test results.  Remote learning will be offered from the date of return until a negative test is presented. If testing is not available, individuals must quarantine for 7 days.

Return from international travel will be evaluated on an individual basis regardless of vaccination status.



VACCINATION STATUS


Individuals are considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after they have received a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines OR two weeks after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  Your daughter’s vaccination card may be uploaded to Family ID via the following link:  FamilyID