3-9-22 LRHSD Moving Forward March 2022 Update

  • 3/9/22 

    Dear LRHSD Staff, Students, Parents and Guardians:

    It has been a pleasure to see smiling faces these past few days, now that masks are optional in school and on school buses. Everybody successfully navigated a plethora of changing COVID-19 protocols and we are grateful for the high level of cooperation and patience from all of our students and staff. Please respect everyone’s choices about masking. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with a few reminders and updates regarding our safety protocols for COVID-19.  The update to LRHSD practices is a reflection of the current low number of positive cases in our area, new C.D.C. guidance, and other protections offered by vaccines as well as the increased availability of testing, including at-home testing kits. 

    Reminders

    • Symptomatic students and staff must remain home for five days (COVID-19 Screening Tool). Individuals may return earlier if they produce a negative test or alternate diagnosis supported by a clinical evaluation.

    • Positive students and staff must stay home for at least 5 full days after the onset of symptoms or if asymptomatic after the positive test.
      • Day of symptoms = Day 0; if asymptomatic, the date the test was performed = Day 0. 
      • If positive students and staff are fever-free for a minimum of 24 hours and signs/symptoms have subsided, they may return to school on Day 6.  Students and staff electing to return on Day 6 shall wear a mask Days 6-10. School nurses shall continue to report all positive cases to the Burlington County Health Department. The LRHSD weekly dashboard will continue to display positive cases.

    Update

    • Close Contacts, regardless of vaccination status, who are symptom-free identified by the Burlington County Health Department, school nurse or other agency may opt to not quarantine, depending on local factors, such as the NJ DOH COVID-19 Activity Level Report, school or program outbreaks, etc. The C.D.C. no longer recommends universal contact tracing.

    It remains possible that the LRHSD may need to reinstate mandatory quarantining of close contacts, universal contact tracing, masking or other previous protocols in the future, for reasons including but not limited to the NJ DOH COVID-19 Activity Level Report, the governor’s orders changing, the numbers of positive COVID-19 cases in our schools or outbreaks occurring in our education community. 

    The updates in this letter signify just how far we have come since my first communication to you, two years ago, about LRHSD’s plans at that time for a possible school closure.  This letter also signifies the current status of COVID-19 in our region and that we are hopefully moving closer to normalcy!  

    We thank you for your support in helping maintain the health and safety of our staff and students. 

    Sincerely, 

    Dr. Carol L. Birnbohm
    Superintendent of Schools
    Lenape Regional High School District