Reopening Information from Dr. Mercora

January 12, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The District Restart and ReOpening Committee met last night to review the current Department of Health COVID-19 Activity Report, Contact Tracing Protocols and the impact on our ability to open the schools.

Presently, the State of New Jersey remains in High Risk (orange) status.   The District has recorded an additional 5 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 since last week (21 students and 9 staff members).

Our goal is to have the students in school with teachers as soon as possible.   However, based on the Department of Health’s COVID-19 guidelines, while in orange/high risk, we are unable to open the buildings on January 19th as previously planned.  This is due to the complications caused by contact tracing and quarantine requirements.   It is our hope that we will see a decrease in COVID activity and return to a Hybrid Model on February 1, 2021. 

The Health Guidelines while in High Risk/Orange are:

  1. Close contact is still defined as a person who has been within 6 feet of an infected person, for 15 cumulative minutes, in a 24 hour period. The exposure must occur two days prior to symptom onset or specimen collection (if the person is asymptomatic).
  2. The Department of Health still recommends a 14 day quarantine period when an individual is considered a close
  3. Close contacts, of someone experiencing COVID symptoms, need to quarantine until the ill individual receives their COVID test results. If the ill individual is COVID negative, close contacts will be “released” from quarantine. If the ill individual is COVID positive, close contacts will need to complete the 14 day quarantine
  4. If your child has any of the following symptoms he/she will need a negative COVID test result, improving symptoms, and be fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicine) before returning to school. If your sick child does not get a COVID test, he/she cannot return to school for 10 days. A doctor’s alternate diagnosis is no longer accepted as clearance to return to

                                  

Column A Column B
Exhibits Two from Column A Exhibits One From Column B
Fever (100.4 or greater w/out fever reducing meds) Cough
Chills Shortness of Breath
Muscle or body Aches Difficulty Breathing
Headache New loss of Smell
Sore Throat New loss of Taste
Nausea or vomiting Diarrhea
Fatigue
Congestion or runny nose

Covid-19 has been a source of hardship for many and a source of heartache for our students.  We miss them!  Absence has made our hearts grow even fonder of our students.  We want them back in the building and will remain optimistic that we will be (better than) normal in the near future!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at mercorad@lopatcongschool.org

Sincerely,

Dr. Debra Mercora

Debra Mercora, EdD

Superintendent