Update to Close Contact Definition
As you may be aware, the CDC recently changed its definition of a close contact. As a result, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) announced its immediate adoption of the revised definition. See attached for the memo dated October 23, 2020.
The District has been in communication with the Township Health Office who leads the effort on conducting contact tracing and, based on the new definition, the District has been instructed as follows:
The District will continue to update the community when it is notified of a positive COVID-19 case at any of the schools. Additionally, the staff, including the classroom teacher, will assist the Township Health Department with its contact tracing efforts. All individuals identified as close contacts will be notified by the Township Health Office and be advised accordingly. Please expect that the school district will also notify parents/guardians of any student who has one or more classes with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, even if they are not identified as a close contact and will be advised accordingly.
We are hopeful that the mitigation measures we have in place, such as universal masking, screening procedures, social distancing, enhanced cleaning procedures, and other precautions, will continue to have their intended effect and reduce or minimize the risk of transmission in the school environment. We encourage parents/guardians and students to continue following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention promoted safeguards, such as:
Staying home when you are sick;
Washing hands often for at least 20 seconds;
Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils;
Practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart);
Wearing a face covering while in school; and
Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms
Immediately notifying your child’s school if they have a positive COVID-19 test result
As always, we appreciate your support and cooperation. Moving forward, you can assist us by remaining vigilant but sensible in your approach to dealing with this health concern. Thank you for your ongoing patience and flexibility as we continue to make our way through this school year. I will continue to keep you informed to the greatest extent possible.
We will only get through this together!