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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.


Our policies are derived in collaboration with several resources including our medical experts at Atlantic Health, the NJDOH, and the CDC. 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 be advised, when testing is required ONLY viral PCR tests will be accepted.


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

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

Main Office: 973-290-5200



HEALTH & SAFETY PLEDGE


All students must review, complete and submit the following pledge prior to entering the Academy for in-person instruction:  Health & Safety Pledge



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). 


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.   Refer to the bullet points and columns below for guidance.  All situations listed also apply for students with preexisting conditions.  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 judgement of the school nurse and/or Administration.


  • Students who are absent and have experienced one symptom from Column A 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 two symptoms from Column A and/or one from Column B, must provide a negative PCR 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 PCR COVID test AND medical clearance.

Column A Column B

Fever (measured or subjective) Cough

Chills Shortness of breath

Rigors (shivers) Difficulty breathing

Myalgia (muscle aches) New loss of smell

Headache New loss of taste

Sore throat

Nausea or Vomiting

Diarrhea

Fatigue

Congestion or running nose



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


SYSTEMIC STUDENTS


All students must report to the health office if they are questioning how they feel at school.  Pending symptoms and based upon the CDC recommendations and the discretion of the nurse, they may be promptly isolated.  In order to assure the utmost safety for the student and entire staff, the student’s parents will be contacted and the student must be picked up within 45 minutes.  



EXPOSURE


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


Fully vaccinated individuals: must get a viral PCR test 3-5 days from the date of exposure.   Students must participate in remote learning until receipt and presentation of a negative test.  Additionally, students must self-monitor symptoms for a total of 14 days from date of exposure.  


Unvaccinated individuals: must get a viral PCR test 5-7 days from the date of exposure AND quarantine for a full 7 days from the last date of contact with that person.  Remote learning will be offered through the 7 day quarantine. If testing is not available, individuals must quarantine for a full 14 days.  A negative COVID test does not eliminate the need to quarantine. 






POSITIVE COVID CASES


Students diagnosed with COVID must provide a copy of their positive test results to the school nurse.  Any student with known or suspected COVID-19 (vaccinated or unvaccinated) should stay home until at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms and/or the positive test result.  Additionally, she must be afebrile for at least 24 hours without medication.  Students who test positive but who are asymptomatic should remain home for at least 10 days from receipt of the positive results.  Day 1 is the date after receipt of the positive test result.  In either case, the following clearance letter will be required prior to readmittance:  PCP COVID-19 Clearance Letter



TRAVEL


All non-essential interstate travel is strongly discouraged and should be avoided at this time.  Essential travel between the immediate region of New Jersey (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware) does not require quarantine.  Be advised, students that chose to travel during school time will NOT be offered remote learning during the duration of their trip.  


Please reference the following points outlining our protocol, should your daughter travel beyond the immediate state region:


  • Prior to traveling, parents must contact the attendance and nurse’s office and provide travel dates and purpose of trip. 

  • Fully vaccinated individualsmust get a viral PCR test 3-5 days from the date of return to NJ. Remote learning will be offered from the date of their return until receipt and presentation of a negative test.

  • Unvaccinated individuals:  must get a viral PCR test 3-5 days from the date of return to NJ AND quarantine for a full 7 days.  Remote learning will be offered from the date of their return through the 7 day quarantine. If testing is not available, individuals must quarantine for a full 10 days.

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

Please note that a full 10 day quarantine may be enforced upon the discretion of the Academy’s administration



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 upload to Family ID via the following link:  FamilyID