Updated Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines
Posted on 03/30/2022

Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

Effective: January 20, 2022

 

 

Please provide COVID-19 testing, exposure and vaccination information, or other medical documentation, to our school nurse so that our isolation and quarantine procedures may be implemented with accuracy and efficiency. 

*HOME TESTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS PROOF OF COVID 19

 

Confirmed COVID-19 Case

  1. The individual must isolate for at least 5 full days.
  1. Day 0 is the day symptoms started or the day of the test specimen collection (for individuals with no COVID-19 symptoms).
  2. The individual may return to school on Day 6 and must be fever free without fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours prior to return and have no COVID like symptoms.

 

Suspected (Symptomatic) COVID-19 Case

  1. Isolation
    1. The individual must isolate for at least 5 full days.
      1. Day 0 is the day symptoms started.
      2. The individual may return to school on Day 6 and must be fever free without fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours and have no COVID like symptoms.
  2. Negative PCR Test
    1. If the individual receives a negative COVID-19 PCR test, no isolation is required, as long as the individual is fever free without fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours and has no COVID like symptoms.
    2. Proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test must be submitted to the school nurse, and the  student must be cleared by the school nurse or administration before the student returns to school.
  3. Alternate Diagnosis
    1. Individuals with COVID-19 compatible symptoms and no known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the last 14 days, regardless of vaccination status, may return to school only if they have an alternative diagnosis (i.e., strep throat, influenza, worsening of chronic illness) supported by clinical evaluation and a dated physician’s note with the alternate diagnosis.
  4. Chronic Illness
  1. For students with chronic illness, only new symptoms or symptoms worse than baseline should be used to fulfill symptom-based exclusion criteria. Medical documentation from a medical professional could provide documentation regarding a chronic illness. This documentation from the medical professional must indicate that your child has a chronic illness and must list the baseline symptoms for that chronic illness. 

 

Close Contacts

  1. NJDOH Close Contact Definition
    1. Within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive case for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  2. Close Contact Exclusions
  1. Individuals are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms(fully vaccinated means 2 weeks after your 2ndvaccination shot)
  2. Individuals have clinically recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days and do not have symptoms(proof of positive test is required)

 

Close Contact to a Confirmed COVID-19 Positive Case

  1. The individual must quarantine for 5 days from the last exposure to the confirmed positive case.
  1. Day 0 is the day of exposure to the confirmed positive case.
  2. The individual may return to school on Day 6, as long as they do not develop symptoms or test COVID-19 positive during the quarantine. 
  3. If the individual develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, please adhere to the isolation guidelines above.

 

Household Members

  1. Household member of a Confirmed COVID-19 Case
  1. If the symptomatic household member tests positive, unvaccinated household contacts will need to quarantine. 
  1. Quarantine will begin the day after the last contact with the positive case during their 5 day isolation period and will last 5 days. 
  2. Positive cases should be isolated and stay/sleep in a separate room from others living in the home and use a separate bathroom (if possible). 
  3. If symptoms develop, you must be seen by a doctor or receive a negative PCR test. 

 

*PLEASE CONTINUE TO KEEP YOUR CHILDREN HOME IF THEY ARE NOT FEELING WELL.