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MPS Rules for Return to School

(effective 2/8/22)

Greetings,

I hope all is well. Below you will find updated information regarding the district’s isolation and quarantine procedures. It is important to note the updates are based on recent input from the district’s local health official as well as guidance from the NJ Department of Health , CDC and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The recent update from CHOP indicates that any staff or student who is exposed to COVID-19 at school does not need to quarantine, provided they are asymptomatic. This recommendation applies to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. A review of the district’s COVID-19 data supports such practice as there has not been a single confirmed case of in-school transmission during the current school year. Please note that individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 within their household and are not fully vaccinated will have to quarantine as outlined below. Please review this document in its entirety. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me directly via email @santoraf@madisonnjps.org.

Regards,

Frank Santora, Ed.D.

Updated Quarantine Procedure (for students/staff deemed “close contacts”)

  • Individuals in the following groups who had close contact with someone with COVID-19 within their household DO need to quarantine for at least 5 days after the last exposure:
    • Adults 18 years of age or older who have completed a primary series of COVID-19 vaccine but have NOT received a recommended booster shot when eligible
    • Persons who are not fully vaccinated (haven’t yet completed a primary vaccine series)
  • During the Quarantine, individuals must:
    • Remain home for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after their last close contact with the positive individual.
    • If symptoms develop, get tested and contact the School Nurse as appropriate.
    • If asymptomatic, get tested at least 5 days after the last close contact.
      • If the test is positive, the individual should follow the isolation recommendations.
      • If the test is negative, the individual can end the quarantine after day 5.
      • If testing is not available, the individual can end the quarantine after day 5 (as long as there were no COVID-19 symptoms throughout the 5 -day period).
  • Individuals in the following groups who had close contact with someone with COVID-19 do NOT need to quarantine:
    • Adults 18 years of age or older who completed a primary series of COVID-19 vaccine AND have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters.
    • Children and adolescents 5-17 years old who completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
    • Any asymptomatic individual who is exposed at school, regardless of vaccination status.

Required Isolation Procedure (Positive Cases of COVID-19)

  • Any individual (staff or student) who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is symptomatic must isolate for 5 full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms)
    • If symptoms resolve (without fever for 24 hours and other symptoms improve) isolation can end after 5 full days (return on day 6)
    • If symptoms persist (fever or if other symptoms have not improved), continue to isolate until fever-free for 24 hours and other symptoms have improved.
  • Individuals (staff or students) who test positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms must isolate for at least 5 full days (day 0 is the day of the positive viral test).
    • If no symptoms develop, isolation can end after 5 full days ( return on day 6)
    • If symptoms develop within one week of the positive test, the 5-day isolation period starts over with day 0 being the first day of symptoms.

Student/Staff Illness

  • On a daily basis, parents are expected to screen their child(ren) in accordance with the MPS Daily Student Screener. Students who remain home due the presence of signs/symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to return to school unless written clearance from a licensed medical healthcare provider is obtained and sent to the school prior to the student’s return. If a parent feels written medical clearance is not warranted, the parent is encouraged to contact their child(ren)’s school nurse.
  • Staff members must self-monitor for any signs/symptoms of potential illness. In the event that a staff member is potentially ill, the staff member must remain home and obtain written medical clearance as necessary.

Travel

For guidance on travel, staff and parents should refer to the CDC's Guidance for Travel regarding recommended testing and quarantine procedures.