Dear JKHA/RKYHS Parents and Students,
We are pleased to share with you that our Covid-19 population surveillance screening and Test-to-Stay protocol has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health, the Livingston Department of Health and is in accordance with the recently released CDC Guidelines.
Accordingly, we have updated our protocols to enable students exposed to a positive Covid-19 case to return to or remain in school by leveraging our Covid-19 population surveillance screening capabilities.
In the event of a confirmed positive Covid-19 case reported in school, students who were exposed to a positive Covid-19 student will submit saliva for pool screening and may remain in school. If any surveillance pool screen indicates a potentially positive student in the pool, students within the pool will be required to leave school and take a PCR test. Students must remain at home until results from their PCR tests are received and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applying the JKHA/RKYHS Test–to-Stay protocol obviates the need for quarantine for most exposures. We ask in advance for your cooperation and assistance if you are asked to pick up your child during school hours for testing.
To remain ahead of the curve and provide effective mitigation that will best ensure in-person learning, we will increase Covid-19 population surveillance screening frequency of the JKHA/RKYHS community. We are proud that our population surveillance screening, developed by RKYHS Science Department Chair, Dr. Stein, in the spring of 2020, is now considered best practice by the CDC.
We look forward to the many days of robust and engaging learning in the months ahead. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
Eliezer E. Rubin