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Good afternoon!

This is  an update regarding quarantine and isolation timelines for students.  Close contacts of in-school exposures will no longer be required to quarantine.

Pennsville School District Isolation and Quarantine Timelines (Changes are in BOLD)

Effective 02/07/22

Continue with a 10 day isolation for COVID positive students and staff.  

  • Pennsville students who could return after 5 days are unable to do so due to

    • the requirement to wear a mask at all times during days six through ten including during outside and aerobic activities with no mask “breaks”

    • district space limitations during breakfast and lunch when students can't wear a mask, 

    • social distancing requirements, 

    • (among other issues) HIPAA concerns regarding students who are “segregated” from others due to health conditions,

    • limitations on available staff to supervise those students under all of those conditions.

  • Due to some subjectivity in determining those people that are asymptomatic or are "mildly ill"   

  • Close contacts (staff and students) of in-school exposures, will no longer be required to quarantine, regardless of vaccination status.    

  • Household close contacts:

    • If the positive person can isolate, return after a 5 day quarantine from the date of last contact, if asymptomatic.  

    • If the person cannot isolate, the guidance states that the close contact should quarantine for the positive person's 10 day isolation time and then 5 days after that (15 days total).

Our school district has consistently followed the advice of our in-house medical professionals who work with the Salem County Department of Health to help determine our protocols regarding quarantine and isolation.  Our data supports this change and will result in more students staying in school while still following appropriate safety guidelines for everyone.

This change comes on the heels of the state downgrading our region’s COVID 19 Activity level from Red (Very High) to Orange (High).  While the numbers are still higher than anyone wants to see them, they are declining and we’re headed in the right direction.  It’s still very important to keep students home if they show any symptoms of being sick.  We want to continue making progress!

Have a great weekend!

Dr. Brodzik