COVID Information & Policies
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.
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HEALTH & SAFETY PLEDGE
All students must review, complete and submit the following pledge prior to entering the Academy for in-person instruction. The pledge can be found on the left side of this page.
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).
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 return. Those 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 medical clearance prior to returning to school. This is true regardless of the number of days absent.
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
Nausea or Vomiting
Congestion or running nose
Remote status should be used ONLY for the following situations:
- Your daughter has signed up to work remotely for the month
- Your daughter needs to quarantine due to exposure or travel
- Your daughter is ill but feels she can still participate despite symptoms
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 - outside of household
If you believe your daughter has come in contact with a COVID positive individual, you must notify the nurse. Any student who has been identified as a close contact, must quarantine for 14 days from the last date of contact with that person. A negative COVID test does not eliminate the need to quarantine.
EXPOSURE - within the household
You must contact the nurse if someone has tested positive within your home. The infected individual must isolate from all others within the household for 10 days. Day 1 is the date after receipt of the positive test result. Your daughter must quarantine for 14 days from the last date of contact with that family member. The duration of your daughter’s quarantine will be determined by how completely the infected individual is able to isolate. If complete isolation is not possible, your daughter’s 14 day quarantine will begin upon completion of the infected individual’s 10 day quarantine. A negative COVID test does not eliminate the need to quarantine.
READMITTANCE POST POSITIVE COVID CASE
Any student with known or suspected COVID-19 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. In either case, the following doctor’s note will be required prior to readmittance:
All non-essential interstate travel is strongly discouraged and should be avoided at this time. Given the vast increase in cases across the entire country, there is no longer an advisory limited only to specific states. In the event travel is absolutely necessary, the following reference points outline our protocol:
- Essential travel between the immediate region of New Jersey (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware) does not require quarantine.
- Individuals who travel beyond the immediate state region must get a viral PCR test 3-5 days from the date of return to NJ and quarantine for a full 7 days. Prior to returning to school, students must provide travel dates, purpose of trip and a negative test result. If testing is not available, individuals must quarantine for a full 10 days after traveling.
- Quarantine is not required for individuals who have traveled for less than 24 hours and have not required an overnight stay.
Please note that a full 10 day quarantine may be enforced upon the discretion of the Academy’s administration.
Receiving the COVID vaccine greatly contributes to the health and safety of the individual and helps establish essential herd immunity. HOWEVER, there is no data confirming that individuals who are fully vaccinated can no longer transmit the virus or that the risk of transmission is reduced. Individuals who have either had an active COVID infection -or- have received both doses of the vaccine MUST still quarantine upon exposure and follow travel protocol.