MPS Rules for Return to School

(effective 11/23/21)


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 and the CDC. 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.


Frank Santora, Ed.D.

Updated Quarantine Procedure (for individuals deemed “close contacts”)

  • Unvaccinated Individuals (includes partially vaccinated individuals)
    • Any unvaccinated individual (staff or student) who has been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine. Based on local and state Department of Health guidance, the following quarantine timeframes are effective as long as our region remains at the “moderate” or “low” risk level.
      • 10 days without a test (return on day 11 without symptoms) or
      • 7 days with a negative PCR test on days 5-7 (return on day 8)

If any staff or student begins to experience illness during the quarantine period, the school nurse must be notified. All individuals should monitor symptoms for a full 14 days.

  • Fully Vaccinated Individuals - Someone who has been fully vaccinated and shows no symptoms of COVID-19 does not need to quarantine. However, fully vaccinated close contacts should:
    • Wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until a negative test result.
    • Get tested 5-7 days after close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
    • Get tested and isolate immediately if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Required Isolation Procedure (Positive Cases of COVID-19)

  • Any individual (staff or student) who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must isolate for at least 10 days and cannot return to school until:
    • They have completed at least 10 days of isolation and
    • They have been fever free for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medication), and
    • Their symptoms are improving

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.
  • 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.


At this time, any unvaccinated individual who travels internationally must quarantine for a period of 10 days upon their return to the United States. Parents of students who will be traveling internationally should contact their child(ren)’s School Nurse.