Letter from Superintendent- Update on Quarantine and Isolation Timeframes

Dear Summit Public Schools Community,

The New Jersey Department of Health recently updated its recommended COVID-19 quarantine and isolation timeframes for non-healthcare settings, which includes schools. As mentioned in the document, the shortened timeframes for isolation and quarantine focus on the period when a person is most infectious, followed by continued masking for an additional five days. Effective immediately, we are implementing this new guidance in our schools, including for those who are currently in isolation or quarantine.

A summary of the new isolation/quarantine guidelines is below. Please refer to the NJDOH document for further details. All of the updated details are highlighted in yellow as of January 12, 2022.

Isolation

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for at least 5 full days. Day 0 is the first day of symptoms, or if asymptomatic, day 0 is the day of the positive test.

If asymptomatic or if symptoms resolve (fever-free for 24 hours and other symptoms improve), isolation can end after 5 full days (return on day 6).

If symptoms persist (fever or if other symptoms have not improved), continue to isolate until fever-free for 24 hours and other symptoms have improved.

Quarantine

Unvaccinated students should quarantine for at least 5 days after the last close contact with a person who has COVID-19. The date of the exposure is considered day 0.

If asymptomatic, you can end quarantine after day 5 and return on day 6.

A negative test is not required to return on day 6. Please read the NJDOH document for further details.

For reference, below is a table of return dates for students currently in isolation or quarantine:

 

Students who return to school on days 6-10 are required to wear their mask at all times, and should only take it off to eat, but promptly put it back on when finished eating or drinking.

If you have any questions, please contact the building principal or school nurse.

Be well,

Scott Hough

Superintendent of Schools