January 5, 2022

 

Dear Community:  

We will make it through the week! With your help, the dedication of our educators and staff, the leadership of all of the departments, a little optimism and luck, our schools will remain open. I wish you all much health and happiness in 2022 and refuse to consider it 2020 (part 2) as some have dubbed it. Although the county is in “red” right now, Omicron has proved to be much less severe even though it is much more contagious. Nonetheless, I want to assure you that we continue to monitor the health of the district and hope to stay the course. 

It will take the patience and cooperation of the community. With increased numbers, it may take a little longer to coordinate streaming in efforts. Our educators, administrators, and staff have certainly demonstrated their commitment to keeping schools open as they have taken on multiple roles from contacting tracing to class/building coverages. We continue to diligently clean our buildings and fog areas. My communication with our local health officials, the Department of Education, colleagues, building administration, our school nurses, and employees remains a priority. I am closely monitoring district health and wellness. As we have learned over the last two years, we must be prepared for sudden changes even while we move forward. To continue our course in a healthy and safe manner, I have some information and a few requests. 

Vigilance and Common Sense: 

Please continue to practice healthy protocols. Eat well. Get enough rest. Drink lots of water. Wash hands. Avoid touching one’s face. Take vitamins. Stay away from others when feeling ill. Stay home from school when exhibiting symptoms. 

Quarantining Guidelines:  

The CDC has disseminated information that has caused some confusion. We are continuing to follow the NJ Department of Health guidance that was created specifically for students which requires students to quarantine for ten days if they test positive. At this time, students who are close contacts should quarantine for ten days unless they test negative on days 5-7 with a return date of day 8. If the student is a household contact, we currently follow a 20-day quarantine with a test out on days 15-17 to return on the 18th day. As always, this is subject to change. Vaccinated students do not need to quarantine. 

Testing Opportunity: 

We recognize that it has become difficult to obtain rapid and PCR tests. Therefore, we will open up our testing site to students beginning on Friday, January 14th which will allow us enough time to collect hard copies of consent forms and for parents to complete the LTS registration. Students may take advantage of testing for illness, to confirm an at-home test, or to test out. Testing will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This testing opportunity is optional -- it's a resource only and there is no fee for our students to be tested at our site.

 Testing  Times
 Mondays  1:30 - 5:30
Wednesdays   1:30 - 5:30
Fridays   8:30 - 3:30

The testing area is located in the Guidance Conference Room at the high school. You will need to inform Security of your purpose and you will be escorted to the location. We ask for your cooperation in departing from the site immediately after your child(ren) has been tested.

In order to be tested, there are three steps for parents. Parents must complete:

  • A one-time CONSENT FORM that will be valid for the remainder of the school year. Please download, sign and return the form to your child(ren)’s school.

  • A one-time REGISTRATION that will also be valid for the remainder of the school year. A guide to help you navigate the system is available here.

  • And this Request FORM that will generate a roster for Longview Testing Services (LTS). Parents MUST complete this document TWO BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR to the test. Please understand that LTS will not make exceptions to this requirement. The chart below will provide the date for testing based upon completion of the Request form. Results may take up to 48 hours. Parents are responsible for providing testing results to the school nurse.
Form Completed Testing Day
Monday Wednesday
Tuesday Friday
Wednesday Friday
Thursday Monday
Friday Wednesday
Saturday/Sunday Wednesday



Let’s Help Our Nurses Help You:

We need the community to practice patience. Our nurses and administration are making many phone calls in order to be able to address the community’s questions and share information. The time spent on the phone asking questions to best understand each situation of a Covid-19 positive student can be streamlined if you submit this FORM. Please fill out the form completely and nurses will be able to address your particular situation more efficiently. To provide close contact information, please use this FORM. 

Thank you for your continued partnership as we navigate this year and ensure a healthy and safe environment for our students and staff. We are in the height of the winter months where cold and flu season in combination with Covid-19 has given us some challenges, but your cooperation and support makes all the difference. Let’s work together, practice our patience and understanding, and continue to keep our schools in-person. 

 

Wishing you all the best in this New Year!

Yours in Education,

Loretta L. Radulic, Ed. D. 

Superintendent of Schools