Covid Info 2022

On Monday, February 7, 2002, Governor Murphy announced that the school mask mandate would be lifted, beginning March 7, 2022.  Over the last two weeks, our administration has consulted with health officials, participated in meetings with NJDOH and NJDOE colleagues, and reviewed best practices to gather information to make an informed decision about our own policies and guidelines.  Last night at our Board of Education meeting, the Board passed a resolution that in part read:

BE IT RESOLVED that the Mendham Township Board of Education hereby authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to amend the "Return to School Plan 2021-2022", following the announcement by Governor Phil Murphy on February 7, 2022, to clearly state that face coverings will be optional for students and staff, beginning March 7, 2022.

We are extremely pleased that the Covid-19 metrics in our region have returned us to a “yellow/moderate” status and that our own numbers are decreasing steadily.  We are also looking forward to the additional guidance that the NJDOE will be sharing with Districts on Friday, dealing with the procedural issues of close contacts, quarantines, social distancing, and other Covid-related operational concerns.  We will certainly share this information with you as soon as we receive it.  Please be aware that at this time, the Governor’s mask mandate removal does not extend to school buses, which are being considered as public transportation and are under federal (CDC) jurisdiction.  Therefore, at this time, students must still wear masks while on school buses.

Important to note in the Governor’s order is that any student or faculty/staff member who chooses to continue to wear a mask in our schools past March 7, 2022 will have our complete support in doing so.  In addition, with the decrease in our Covid case numbers, we will no longer be sending the school community letters regarding case counts.  Our Covid-19 case dashboard will keep the total number of cases and will be updated weekly. 

Lastly, it is important to note that in the Governor’s order and in the Board’s resolution, we must reserve the right to reinstate mask requirements should requirements/guidance change.  It is our most sincere hope that this will never be the case.

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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