Covid Update- Winter Break and Safe Return to school in January

In response to the recent case increase and in anticipation of this continuing through the winter break, we must be prepared to take additional steps to keep our schools open and safe.

COVID-19 Testing- we strongly encourage all students and staff, vaccinated and unvaccinated, to get tested for COVID-19 before returning to school.

The District will cancel school on Monday, January 3, 2022, and offer COVID-19 testing for students and staff.   

Monday January 3rd-  Representatives from Mirimus will be collecting saliva tests at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School and Summit High School on Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information about the testing protocols, registration, and what to expect, please click here.  It does not matter which site you go to, and there will be no appointment times. Please use this resource to test!

Adjustment in Schedule Week of January 4-7

All schools will then follow a single session schedule for the remainder of that week, January 4-7, 2022.  The single session schedule provides us time to collect results from Mirimus and begin contact tracing while eliminating lunch, where kids are unmasked and in a less structured setting.  

 

Remote Instruction

Remote instruction can only be utilized if the Department of Health declares a public health emergency that requires a school or the district to shut down for three consecutive days or more (The Road Forward).   The District continues to consult with the Department of Health on matters related to COVID-19, and we have not received a directive or recommendation to pivot to remote instruction.  Our goal is to continue to have in-person instruction, co-curriculars, and keep the schedules we have established this school year.  Please be aware in the event a classroom or larger group of students has to quarantine, or the state directs all schools to pivot to remote instruction, we do have a remote instructional plan ready for our teachers and staff to implement.  

 

Sending Students to School with Symptoms- Please do not send children to school if they are sick.

If a symptomatic student is in school and later tests positive for COVID-19, other students may be sent home to quarantine and miss in-person instruction.  If a student gets a COVID-19 test, but comes to school while waiting for results, this could also lead to more student quarantines in the event the test comes back positive.  Please be considerate of other students and families, and keep your child home if they are sick or awaiting a test result.  For protocols following international travel, please visit the District’s COVID-19 Dashboard.  If your child tests positive, please contact the school nurse  and principal during school hours.  If your child tests positive after school hours or over the winter break, please notify the District by emailing covidreporting@summit.k12.nj.us.