COVID-19 Resources & Updates

Last Updated: 1/12/2022 8:36 PM

Updated 01/12/2022


• Superintendent Goldberg's Community Updates

• COVID-19 CASE Dashboard 2021 - 2022


Effective Wednesday, January 12, 2022, the district will follow the following protocols:

  • For unvaccinated students who are identified as a close contact due to exposure:

    • Students who remain asymptomatic will be allowed to return after day 5. While we understand that testing has been challenging, we highly recommend that a student be tested before returning. 

    • Parents of students identified as close contacts in the school environment will receive an email notifying them of possible close contact. 

    • Students returning after day 5, must be sent wearing properly fitting masks.

    • We will request that families closely monitor the student for symptoms, and students will be sent home if they demonstrate any symptoms in school. 

    • Families will continue to be allowed to utilize virtual instruction for ten (10) days.

  • For students who are sent home due to symptoms, families will be asked to monitor the student, and follow up with the school nurse. As with any illness, students should demonstrate an improvement of symptoms and be fever-free for 24 hours without a fever-reducing agent (i.e. Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen) prior to returning.

  • Students who are fully vaccinated or who have had confirmed COVID-19 (positive PCR test) within the last 90 days and who remain asymptomatic will not be required to quarantine.  

  • Athletics:  While the region is in the “Very High Activity” or “Red” level on the COVID-19 Activity Report, if a student who participates in a team sport tests positive and has participated in unmasked participation in the 48 hours prior to testing positive, the team will pause activity for five (5) days while all participants monitor for symptoms, and students will be strongly recommended to participate in testing prior to returning to participation.  We are reviewing the community data to make informed decisions regarding spectator guidelines and will continue to update families. 

  • For virtual learning, while the region is in the “Very High Activity” or “Red” level on the COVID-19 Activity Report, students who are identified as close contacts, or report symptoms will remain allowed to participate in virtual instruction.  When the activity returns to the lower levels, i.e. “High” or “Orange”, the timelines relating to participating in virtual instruction will be strictly enforced. 

    • When a student has participated in virtual instruction beyond the identified isolation/quarantine periods, the parent will be required to follow up with the school nurse and principal to identify the timeline for the student’s return. 


NJDOH Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools
(Updated 12/15/2021)
https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/RecommendationsForLocalHealthDepts_K12Schools.pdf

General Health and Safety Guidelines
Springfield Public Schools is utilizing the most up-to-date guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control, and local health officials to ensure the appropriate protocols for maintaining healthy and safe teaching and learning conditions. All decisions regarding the conditions for learning will be governed by the most recent guidelines provided by the New Jersey Department of Health. NJDOH will be providing information on COVID-19 transmission at the regional level, characterizing risk as low (green), moderate (yellow), high (orange), and very high (red). https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/statistics/covid/

COVID-19 Testing
Union County residents can schedule free, walk-up appointments provided by the Union County Mobile Test Unit. Call 908-518-4307 or visit: https://ucnj.org/covid19/testing/walk-up-locations/.

Screening & Contact Tracing
Based on the best practices for ensuring the health and safety for our students, prior to arriving to school:

Symptoms:

 

If students have any ONE of the symptoms below,  please do not report to school If students have TWO OR MORE of the symptoms below, please do not report to school
  • Fever (100.4 or higher))

  • Cough

  • Shortness of Breath

  • Difficulty Breathing

  • New loss of small

  • New loss of taste

  • Chills

  • Rigors (shivers)

  • Myalgia (muscle aches)

  • Headache

  • Sore Throat

  • Nausea or Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Fatigue

  • Congestion or Runny Nose

   

 

Response to Students Presenting Symptoms
Springfield Public Schools encourages parents to be on alert for signs of the illness in their children and to keep their child home when they are sick.

  • Symptoms should be reported to the school nurse 

    • Staff who observe a child exhibiting COVID-19-like symptoms, will have the child escorted to the nurse to review the symptoms and contact the parent/guardian.

    • Nurse will:

      • Conduct a screening
      • If symptoms are observed, the student will go to an isolated area under proper supervision until picked up by a parent or emergency contact.
      • Contact parents/guardians for pickup; parents are requested to arrange pickup of the child within 30 minutes of the phone call.  Parents/guardians will meet the child outside of the school building.
      • Provide guidance related to contacting the child’s physician

Students sent home will not be allowed back on campus for athletic or extracurricular programs on the same day.

 

If a Student Tests Positive for COVID-19

  • The parent should share the information with the school nurse.  Phone numbers for the nurses can be found here: https://www.springfieldschools.com/Content2/368

  • The nurse will be directed to contact the local health official to provide information

  • The school nurse will share information with the district administration based on district protocols.

  • Families will be asked to participate in the contract tracing process set by the local health department.

    • A public health worker in their local jurisdiction will contact the parent/guardian to initiate the contact tracing process and will advise to immediately quarantine the child for a minimum of 14 days from onset of symptoms. During this process, the public health worker will obtain specifics including where they are receiving their education.

  • The family should be directed to follow the NJDOH guidance:

https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID_Instructions_Persons_Who_Test_Positive.pdf 

  • Decisions regarding classroom or school closures will be made in consultation with the local health officials.  Individual information regarding specific classrooms or individuals will not be shared, and community members are encouraged to respect the privacy of their fellow community members. 

  • To return to in-person instruction, parents/guardians will provide a copy of medical clearance to the building nurse via email.

  • A negative test alone will not be sufficient to determine when a student or staff member can return; a medical clearance may be requested.
     

If a Student Has Been in Contact with Someone Positive for COVID-19
If a family member or member of a household of a student has been identified through contact tracing as having close contact (see below for information) with a COVID positive case, the parent/guardian should contact the school nurse directly, information can be found here: https://www.springfieldschools.com/Content2/368

 

What is Close Contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more

  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19

  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)

  • You shared eating or drinking utensils

  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

  • Information from: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

 

Information regarding exposure, testing, and symptoms:

 

Student Transportation

  • Before and after each route, the bus aide and driver assigned to the route will wipe-down all bus seats with a disinfectant.

  • All passengers will be required to wear a face covering. Students who are unable to wear a face covering will be addressed according to that student's particular need and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

 

Face Masks
Springfield Public Schools requires that parents/guardians send students to school with a clean face mask each day when scheduled for in-person instruction.

Visit https://ucnj.org/covid19/resources/masks/ for mask guidance

Exceptions to requirements for face coverings shall be as follows:

  • Doing so would inhibit the individual's health.

  • A student's documented medical condition, or disability as reflected in an IEP precludes the use of face covering.

  • A Physician’s note must be provided documenting the student’s specific medical condition.

  • Springfield Public Schools reserves the right to have the district physician review and approve the medical note that has been submitted.

 

Visitors
Individuals identified as “visitors,” may include any individual not employed by or in service of the Springfield Public Schools. No visitors will be allowed inside school facilities, unless they are required to be there in order to ensure the operations of the school. All visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination upon entry to any school buildings. 

 

Links to COVID-19  Resources

If You Tested Positive https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID_Instructions_Persons_Who_Test_Positive.pdf 

If You Tested Negative
https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID_Instructions_Persons_Who_Test_Negative.pdf 

CDC Child Diagnosis Flowchart
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/images/community/schools-childcare/student-becomes-sick-diagnosis-flowchart.jpg

Union County Information
https://ucnj.org/covid19/

New Jersey Department of Health Overview
https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml

New Jersey Department of Health Testing & Symptoms Information
https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing

How to Protect Yourself
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Springfield Township Health Department 
https://springfield-nj.us/departments/health/

 

 

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139 Mountain Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081
Phone: 973-376-1025

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