Updated Department of Health Guidelines

Dear Summit Public Schools Community,

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well, and that you are all making plans to relax, recharge, and safely enjoy the upcoming spring break. Earlier this week (March 23, 2021), the NJDOH provided some timely information regarding recommended minimum travel quarantines. While we do not encourage travel at this time, we do appreciate the honest communication we have received from families who are choosing to travel outside the immediate region. If you have not yet communicated your intent to travel, please contact the nurse at your child’s school. The school nurse will inform you of the quarantine period and the appropriate date for your child(ren) to return to school. Openly communicating your plans will help maintain a safe learning environment for all students and staff.

Travel

Any travel outside of NJ, NY, CT, DE, and PA requires some level of quarantine. Travelers may get tested with a viral COVID-19 test 3-5 days after the trip. The first day of the quarantine is the day after returning to New Jersey. A negative result still requires a 7-day quarantine. If travelers do not get tested, a self-quarantine for 10 days is required. Please note, the NJDOH has removed the travel quarantine exemption for individuals who have tested COVID-19 positive in the past 90 days. Post travel quarantining is now required for ALL individuals, regardless of vaccine status, antibody status, and now including those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months.

Close Contact Exposure

The updated NJDOH guidance supports the CDC’s recommendations that those who clinically recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months and those who are fully vaccinated (defined as two weeks or longer following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or two weeks or longer following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine) do NOT need to quarantine after having close contact with someone with COVID-19, as long as they remain asymptomatic.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Be well,

Scott D. Hough
Superintendent of Schools