Dear Brick Families,
Now that the Covid vaccine is approved for children ages 6 months and up, we wanted to share some information about how vaccination status for Brick students impacts our protocols. We hope the following will be of help as you decide whether to vaccinate your child(ren) this summer.
Brick will not be mandating that our students are vaccinated to attend school. However, the Department of Health (DOH) requirements after an exposure to Covid are different based upon vaccination status.
If a Brick student has a close contact exposure to Covid, and is NOT VACCINATED, that student must follow the DOH mandatory quarantine requirements:
“Children ages 2 to 5 who are close contacts may return to the child care program when all of the following are met:
• It is after Day 5 (where Day 1 is the day after their last close contact).
• They have no COVID-19 symptoms.
• They test negative for COVID-19 on Day 5 or later (if using at-home tests, they must take two tests at least 24 hours apart).”
If a Brick student has a close contact exposure to Covid, and IS VACCINATED*, that student does not need to quarantine and can continue coming to school:
“Children who are fully vaccinated, or who had COVID-19 in the last 90 days (as confirmed by a positive viral test) and recovered do not need to be excluded from child care programs even if they were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.”
*This means the child has completed the full series of either 3 Pfizer or 2 Moderna shots.
Please note that whether a child was masked or not when exposed does not change the requirements above, per DOH specification.
We understand that the decision to vaccinate is a personal choice that each family will make in consultation with their child’s doctor. All of the above is based upon current DOH requirements. Should those requirements change, Brick will update its protocols accordingly and share those updates with you.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy summer!
All my best,
Exclusion Guidance from DOH