We enter the 2022-2023 school year with far fewer COVID-related state mandates than we have had in the past two years. I would love to see a return to a normal school year! Our kids, our staff members and our families all deserve it.
Some important info regarding COVID-related protocols for this Fall:
Masks are optional for students and staff.
State mandates for staff vaccinations and testing have been dropped.
Virtual instruction for students by choice is not an option. However, any students who are sent home or kept home for isolation/quarantine circumstances will have the ability to receive digital instruction while they are out.
The state has not approved the option for Snow Days to be virtual. As a result, canceled days will have to be added to the school calendar, as they have been traditionally.
One of the biggest changes from last year are the protocols that the District will follow for students and staff who have tested positive for COVID. We will begin the 2022-2023 school year by following these procedures:
Those students and staff members who test positive but are fever-free for 24 hours and do NOT have any other symptoms (asymptomatic) by Day Five may return to school after five calendar days as long as they wear a mask on days six through ten. That’s the information that we’ve received from the NJ Department of Health and the rules we have to follow. It matches what most other NJ school districts are doing and the district was able to work out the logistical barriers for individuals who are in that circumstance.
Under those circumstances, students and staff members who return after five days would be safe to do so - for themselves and those around them.
For Pennsville to have its healthiest and most productive school year, it is incredibly important for parents to keep children home if they test positive and exhibit any symptoms of COVID during those first five days.
Circumstances could certainly change and we expect updates from the NJ Department of Health before school starts. However, as of now, that’s what the start of the school year looks like when it comes to COVID-related issues. That approach complies with the rules the district has to follow while ensuring that we’re providing everything that we can for our students to have a normal year of school.
Please contact your school nurse with any questions.