School Nurse & Health

Important Information About Illness and School Attendance

  • During the 2021-2022 school year, the Margate City School District is following the New Jersey Department of Health Guidelines for COVID-19. Please read the following information about how our district will respond when illness presents at school (Updated January 12, 2022): 

     

    • Parents are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for signs of illness before coming to school each day. Children who are sick should NOT attend school in-person. 
    • Students who present with the following symptoms at school will be sent home:
      • At least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, rigors (shivers), myalgia (muscle aches), headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose OR
      • At least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new olfactory disorder, new taste disorder.
    • Students who are sent home will be referred to their healthcare provider. Persons with COVID-19-compatible symptoms (see above) should undergo COVID-19 testing regardless of vaccination status. 
    • Unvaccinated siblings of a symptomatic student will be excluded from school until the symptomatic sibling has a negative COVID-19 test.
    • Students may return to school with a negative COVID-19 test or an alternative diagnosis supported by a physician's note AND at least 24 hours have passed after resolution of fever without fever reducing medications AND improvement of symptoms. The NJDOH School Exclusion List will be utilized to determine the return to school date for alternative diagnoses (i.e., strep throat, influenza, worsening of chronic illness).

       

    Persons who test POSITIVE for COVID-19 and are symptomatic or persons WITH COVID-19 SYMPTOMS who weren’t tested or who are waiting for test results:

     

     

    • Stay home and isolate from other people for at least 5 full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms).
    • If symptoms resolve (fever-free for 24 hours and other symptoms improve), isolation can end after 5 full days (i.e., 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.

     

    Persons who test POSITIVE for COVID-19 but have NO SYMPTOMS:

     

    • Stay home and isolate from other people for at least 5 full days (day 0 is the day of the positive viral test).
    • If no symptoms develop, isolation can end after 5 full days (i.e., on day 6).
    • If symptoms develop within one week of the positive test, the 5-day isolation period starts over with day 0 being the first day of symptoms.
    • Follow recommendations for ending isolation for persons who have COVID-19 symptoms.

     

    Additional precautions during/after ISOLATION (everyone):

     

    • MASK: Continue to wear a well-fitted mask when around others at home and in public through day 10. For those ending isolation on day 5, this would be during days 6 through 10. Persons who are unable to wear a mask when around others should stay home and isolate from other people for a full 10 days.
    • TRAVEL: Avoid travel until a full 10 days after your first day of symptoms or if asymptomatic, after the date of the positive test. If travel is necessary on days 6-10, wear a well-fitting mask when around others for the entire duration of travel. Persons unable to wear a mask should not travel during the 10 days.
    • AVOID HIGH-RISK ACTIVITIES: Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, including nursing homes and other high-risk settings; do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask, such as restaurants and some gyms, and avoid eating around others at home and at work until a full 10 days.

     

    Guidance for Close Contacts: 

     

    • Exposed CLOSE CONTACTS who have no COVID-19 symptoms and are NOT FULLY VACCINATED:

      • Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after the last close contact with a person who has COVID-19. The date of the exposure is considered day 0.
      • If asymptomatic, get tested at least 5 days after the last close contact
        • If the test is positive, follow isolation recommendations.
        • If the test is negative, you can end quarantine after day 5.
        • If testing is not available, you can end quarantine after day 5 (as long as there were no COVID-19 symptoms throughout the 5-day period).
      • If COVID-19 symptoms develop, get tested immediately and follow isolation recommendations.

       

     

    • Exposed CLOSE CONTACTS who have no COVID-19 symptoms and are either FULLY VACCINATED or HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED with COVID-19 within the past 90 days:

      • Do not need to quarantine or be excluded from school.
      • Should be tested at least 5 days following an exposure to someone with COVID-19, if possible.
      • Should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days.

     

    All guidance provided by the New Jersey Department of Health can be found here

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