Covid Info 2022

Many of you are likely aware that the CDC has released recommendations revising quarantine periods and the NJDOH has released information regarding the numbers of COVID-19 cases and test positivity rates.  As we have from the beginning of the pandemic, we will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the NJDOE and NJDOH.  With that in mind, please note the following:

  • On December 27, 2021, CDC issued a press release titled Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population shortening the recommended time for isolation and quarantine for the general public.
  • CDC is currently updating guidance documents for specific settings, including schools, to consider how updated isolation and quarantine timeframes should be applied in these settings.
  • As of the week ending December 25, 2021 (MMWR week 51), three N.J. Regions (Northwest, Northeast and Central East) have very high (red) COVID-19 Activity Levels (CALI).
    • NJDOH recommends that in addition to following current NJDOH guidance, K-12 schools located in regions with very high COVID-19 CALI activity levels should:
      • Continue to adhere to mask mandates
      • Continue testing program of all unvaccinated staff
      • Continue to promote layered prevention strategies such as physical distancing, screening testing, handwashing, cleaning, improved ventilation, staying home when sick, etc.
  • NJDOH’s current guidance for K-12 schools may be found at: NJDOH COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools.
  • CDC has not yet applied the recently revised isolation and quarantine timeframes for the general population to K-12 schools. Therefore, until CDC updates school specific guidance, the NJDOH has determined that K-12 schools continue to follow conventional isolation and quarantine timeframes (10 day isolation or 7-10 day quarantine/exclusion with and without negative testing). Watch for future updates as guidance may change in the near future.

Additionally, our schools will be taking preventative steps such as limiting close contact during lunch times where masks are removed, creating cohorts for recess periods to avoid additional exposures, and ensuring maximum social distancing in classrooms. Participation in athletics at MTMS will be limited to students and staff that participate in weekly COVID testing.  More information about the testing program will be sent by Dr. Ciccone in the coming days. 

In schools during times of moderate and high community transmission levels, individuals with COVID-19 symptoms and no known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the last 14 days, regardless of vaccination status, may follow the NJDOH School Exclusion List to determine when they may return to school only if they have an alternative diagnosis such as strep throat, influenza, or allergies supported by an evaluation by a medical provider. Testing is still recommended for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms.   *PCR or rapid tests are acceptable. 

As a reminder, fully vaccinated persons who have close contact with someone with COVID-19 DO NOT need to be excluded from school if they are asymptomatic and continue to monitor for symptoms.  Parents/guardians should discuss any questions/concerns they have with their doctor or pediatrician in order to determine what is best for their family. 

MTSD continues to closely monitor all official communications from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and will communicate any new information once it is received.  We appreciate your continued cooperation in working with us to keep our students and staff healthy and virus-free during these challenging times.  Please continue to communicate any issues or needs with your building principal, school nurse, and/or school counselor.

The health and safety of our students and staff, along with providing a high quality education for our students continues to our top priorities. All NJ schools continue to follow the direction of the NJDOH.  This includes the wearing of facial covering/masks and practice of social distancing at all times.  Listed below are what families, students and staff can continue to do to help reduce the spread of viruses in our school and community:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available.   
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands, discard the tissue and wash or sanitize hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick. Children who are sick should be kept home until they are fever free for 24 hours (with no medication) prior to returning to school.   
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.   
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.   
  • Consider vaccination if you are eligible. 

Please see the following for the latest update from the NJDOH. link:https://www.nj.gov/education/roadforward/docs/HealthAndSafetyGuidanceSY2122.pdf

For additional health and safety guidance, click on one of the links below:

Center for Disease Control

NJ COVID-19 Information Hub

NJ Department of Health  

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