Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Dear Springfield Public Schools Community,
I hope this communication finds you and family enjoying Spring! We were excited to welcome back new students on Monday!
The purpose of the letter is to communicate updates about our protocols relating to COVID-19 and the guidance provided by Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH).
On Friday, April 30, 2021, the state released the updated COVID-19 Activity Level Report, indicating that our region and the state as a whole has moved from a “High” level (Orange) to a “Moderate” Level (Yellow) due to declining rates of COVID-19 infections. There is no question that this wonderful news was due to the rising rates of vaccinations and the continued adherence to mask-wearing and social distancing.
Since we opened schools, we have been taking the temperatures of our staff and students on a daily basis, and we are thankful for the patience and the support of the community. After consultation with our local health officials, effective Monday, May 10, 2021, we will no longer be taking student and staff temperatures prior to boarding buses and entering the school grounds. We are asking families to take responsibility for actively monitoring their child’s health and temperatures on a daily basis. We may resume taking the temperatures if or when advised to do so by our local health officials.
We will continue to require the completion of the daily health questionnaire and the protocol for monitoring completion, as we have found it to be a critical component to our contract tracing process, and while the numbers of positive cases have decreased, the virus is still active. The NJDOH guidance to schools continues to recommend that districts have a practice related to daily symptom screening, and we will continue to utilize the form through the remainder of the school year.
Please note that the NJ Department of Health has also recently announced that all six COVID vaccine mega-sites in NJ will offer walk-in vaccinations to New Jerseyans ages 16 and over. You do NOT need an appointment to get vaccinated at these sites, and you do not need to be a resident of a specific county to get vaccinated at the county’s mega-site. Find out more at http://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine.
Finally, we are aware of the differences between the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the State of New Jersey guidance regarding outdoor mask-wearing. Please know that we are required to follow the guidance provided by the State of New Jersey, and masks will continue to be mandatory on all school premises and school athletic events. Our staff will continue to remind parents, students, and spectators to wear their masks, and we kindly ask for your respectful compliance.
Thank you for your ongoing support!