COVID-19 Updates

Last Updated: 10/21/2020 8:42 PM

Updated 10/21/2020

 

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 

Kean University Drive-in Testing

Free testing is available to all Union County residents who wish to be tested, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms at Kean University, Monday and Thursdays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Visit https://ucnj.org/covid19/testing/drive-in-kean-location/ to book an appointment.

 

Walk-up 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/.

 

Local Guidance

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

 

Screening & Contact Tracing

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

  1. All students must complete a daily questionnaire in OnCourse by the time noted below.

  2. All students will have their temporal temperatures taken prior to entering the school building.

  3. Any student with a temperature greater than 100.4 will remain outside of the school building, or in a designated “Isolation Space” until such time as their temperature is below the threshold, or they are dismissed to return to their home.

 School

 Complete OnCourse Health Screening By:

 Walton

 7:45 a.m.

 Caldwell

 7:45 a.m.

 Sandmeier

 7:45 a.m.

 Gaudineer

 7:15 a.m.

 Dayton

 7:15 a.m.



SYMPTOMS

If ONE of the symptoms below are checked off on the Health Screening, students should not report to school.

If TWO OR MORE of the symptoms below are checked off on the Health Screening in OnCourse, students should 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


EXPOSURE

1.     Have you had "close contact" with someone who is experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms?
 ___ Yes ___ No
 

2.     Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past three weeks or have reason to believe you have COVID-19?
___ Yes ___ No
 

3.     Within the past 14 days have you returned from any country/state for which a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for COVID-19 has been issued by the CDC or NJDOH’s travel advisory list?
 ___ Yes ___ No

 

4.     Within the past 14 days have you had close contact with or cared for someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspected to have COVID-19?
___ Yes ___ No

If you answered “YES” to any of the aforementioned questions above, please do not report to school. Please promptly contact the main office.

 

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 on the OnCourse Health Screening tool on a daily basis and follow the procedures as described above. 

  • 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:

  1. Conduct a screening.

  2. If symptoms are observed, the student will go to an isolated area under proper supervision until picked up by a parent or emergency contact.  

  3. 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.  

  4. 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

 

Next Step Guidance After Testing

For more information, please visit https://ucnj.org/covid19/testing/next-steps-after-testing/ 

 

Quarantine Calculation Guidance and Scenarios

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

 

Information regarding exposure, testing, and symptoms:

 

Student Transportation

  1. A Bus aide will take students' temperature prior to the student getting on the bus.

  2. If a student enters the bus with a temperature exceeding 100.4, the student will either be returned to their parent/guardian (PK-2 students), or the student will be placed in an identified seat for isolation, and will have their temperature taken again prior to entering the school. If the child’s temperature remains in excess of 100.4 degrees, the parent/guardian will be contacted.

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

  4. 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.

  5. If a child arrives to school, but has not completed the OnCourse Health Screening, the child will be escorted to the “Isolation Space” and the parent/guardian will be contacted.

 

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.  Permitted visitors must complete the questionnaire, and a visitor who notes symptoms in their health screening and/or have a temperature exceeding 100.4 degrees, will not be permitted in the building. Each building’s nurse will also take a temperature reading for the noted visitors, prior to their entry to the building.

 

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

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