CPSD - Continuing to Move Towards Normalcy: March 11, 2022
Dear Parents / Guardians, Students, and Community Members,
I hope this letter finds you and your family well. I want to take this opportunity to provide updated information. In my last correspondence to the community, and reiterated at Monday’s Board meeting, I stated, “If the data continues to trend in this positive direction, the community can fully expect that the District will further reduce restrictions.” I am now happy to report that the NJDOH released the new CALI report yesterday, and although we are still in the yellow category, the region is now only 0.39% away from being green, the lowest category level of transmission, and according to the CDC, the COVID-19 Community Level for our County is already green, their lowest level. I am also happy to share that we have had only one COVID-19 case in the entire District this week so far. In addition to this positive data, the CDC released new guidance stating that “Universal case investigation and contact tracing are no longer recommended.” The CDC stated rationale for the new approach is informed, in part by, “High level of infection or vaccine-induced immunity, availability of safe and effective vaccines and other proven tools to prevent transmission and mitigate illness, increased use of self-tests, which allows people with COVID-19 to quickly notify their own close contacts, emergence of variants with shorter incubation periods and rapid transmission, significant numbers of asymptomatic or mild cases of COVID-19.”
New Contact Tracing / Quarantining Update
Therefore, in light of the CALI report, the newly released guidance from the CDC, and in consultation with the Township Health Department, effective immediately, the District will no longer conduct full-scale contact tracing and will not require individuals who may be close contacts to quarantine. Rather, families should continue to monitor their children for symptoms and keep children home if they are sick. Parents / guardians should get their children tested if symptoms begin.
The District has also modified the COVID-19 Dashboard to include the grade-level of children who tested positive so parents/guardians can monitor and take appropriate precautions.
Parents should be monitoring their child on a daily basis for any evidence of illness/exposure. The Symptom Awareness Form is an important health assessment resource. Students that are symptomatic with COVID like symptoms and/or meet exclusion criteria as outlined in the Symptom Awareness Form must not be sent to school. Students must remain home while sick, and contact the school nurse, for next steps and clearance to return to school. For those with medically documented chronic illness/allergies, only new symptoms or symptoms worse than baseline should be considered for the exclusion criteria.
Reporting Positive Cases
Please continue to report positive COVID results to the District. After COVID isolation, students may return to school on day 6 if asymptomatic or if symptoms improve. Masks will be required to wear in school on days 6-10 for those returning after a positive result.
We are confident that we can continue to provide a safe learning environment with these updated protocols. If conditions change and there is a need to increase preventative measures to reduce the spread of the virus, we will reevaluate protocols and update our school community accordingly in partnership with the Township Health Department.
I realize that there are individuals that would have liked the District to move quicker towards normalcy, while others may feel we are moving too quickly. Please know we will continue to follow the NJDOE/NJDOH and local health department guidance as we continue to keep our community safe, adapt to the ever changing circumstances, and safely work our way back.
Thank you again for your patience, flexibility, and partnership.
Be well and stay safe!