As per the New Jersey Department of Health guidelines that student can return to school when:
- He or she is seen by a healthcare provider and it is determined that:
- No COVID-19 testing is required AND are the student is provided an alternative diagnosis in writing by the healthcare provider,
- He or she receives a negative COVID-19 test
- If the decision is made not to see a healthcare provider:
- The student MUST stay home from school for 10 days from when symptoms first appeared, AND
- MUST be fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND
- All other symptoms are improving (Loss of taste and smell can persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation)
Mask and Facecovering Guidelines
When school gets underway in October, students, staff and visitors to our schools will be expected to wear face coverings at all times, indoors and outside, including on the school bus and in classrooms. Naturally, there are a lot of questions surrounding face coverings, or masks. Below are some of the most frequent:
- What is an acceptable face mask?
A: MSH School District has been working closely with the DOH to establish guidelines for face coverings. Please note the following:
Acceptable, or recommended, face coverings will:
- completely cover both the mouth and nose;
- fit snugly, but comfortably against the sides of the face;
- be secured with ties or loops;
- include three tightly woven layers of material;
- allow for breathing without restrictions;
- can be washed and machine dried without damage or change to shape.
Unacceptable face coverings include
- bandannas; and
- masks with valves or vents. “Masks with one-way valves or vents allow exhaled air to be expelled out through holes in the material. This can allow exhaled respiratory droplets to reach others and potentially spread the COVID-19 virus,” the CDC said in a recent recommendation. “Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks if they have an exhalation valve or vent.”
It is important to remember that the use of face coverings/masks should be combined with other everyday preventive actions and control measures such as frequent handwashing, social/physical distancing, respiratory etiquette, as face coverings do not protect against COVID-19 on their own.
- How can I explain the importance of wearing a face mask to young children?
- There are many great resources available to parents of young children who want to explain or reinforce the importance of wearing a face mask at school and elsewhere. Click here for an illustrated, narrated and age-appropriate explanationfor families from Autism Little Learners. The Autism Little Learners bloghas lots of COVID-19 resources for all families of young children. Another great resource for helping your child incorporate regular use of face coverings can be found on this page from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- What happens if a student refuses to wear a mask?
A: Just as any other instance in which a student refuses to follow school rules, teachers and other staff will work with the student to ensure understanding of the importance of using face coverings for health and safety and how compliance with this important new rule is not negotiable. If a student continues to refuse to wear a face mask, families will be notified and the student will be enrolled in the remote learning option.