Summit public schools virtual health office

YOUR SUMMIT SCHOOL NURSES ARE HARD AT WORK!

OUR VIRTUAL HEALTH OFFICE IS OPEN

The Summit School Nurses are working hard to keep our students and staff safe, healthy and ready to learn. We are actively collaborating, cooperating and consulting with our school staff and community partners as we navigate through this unprecedented COVID-19 Pandemic. Please continue to let us know if your child experiences signs and symptoms of illness, and most importantly, please keep your child home if she/he are sick.

***Please scroll down for important district illness, health, and COVID guidelines***

Please continue to follow these important protocols:


  • If your child tests positive for COVID-19, immediately contact your child's building principal, school nurse, and click on the "Reporting" tab at the top of this page to provide, and receive, additional information related to your child's diagnosis.

  • Symptom and temperature checks must be done each morning before sending your child to school.

  • If your child is sick, please keep them at home and contact your healthcare provider.

  • As per the Department of Health, if an individual is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, the individual must stay home and isolate for 5 days unless a negative COVID-19 test is provided. This is regardless of vaccination status.



DISTRICT MASKING GUIDELINES


Effective March 7, 2022, Summit Public Schools will NOT require the use of masks by students, staff or visitors in our schools, at athletic events or on school buses. The choice to wear or not wear a mask in school will be made at the discretion of each individual person and family.


EXCEPTION- Students returning to school following a 5 day isolation are required to wear a mask at school days 6-10 (including while at recess, during PE class, during extra curricular activities), or until they test negative using two antigen tests collected at least 48 hours apart starting on day 6.

For example: Students obtain a home COVID test the morning of day 6 and again on the morning of day 8. If both tests are negative, the student will no longer be required to wear a mask at school on days 8-10. Please contact your student’s school nurse if you plan on testing on days 6 and 8.

Students unable to wear a mask at school on days 6-10 must remain home in isolation for a full 10 days, and may return to school on day 11.


Upon return to school, students are asked to socially distance themselves from peers during lunch and to replace masks as soon as they are done eating. Students must wear a mask when around others at home and in public (indoors and outdoors) for 10 full days.


If a student is unable or unwilling to wear a mask at school on days 6-10 they should remain home for the full 10 days, and not return to school until day 11. Virtual instruction will be NOT available during this time.



ILLNESS EXCLUSION GUIDELINES


SCHOOL COVID AND ILLNESS EXCLUSION CRITERIA

(As of 9-9-2022)

Union County's COVID level is currently GREEN.


Current NJ Department of Health guidelines state that during periods of low community transmission (green), students and staff with COVID-19 compatible symptoms who are not tested and do not have a known COVID-19 exposure may follow the NJDOH School Exclusion List to determine when they may return to school/ECE.

During medium and high community levels, individuals with COVID-19 compatible symptoms and no known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the last 5 days, regardless of vaccination status, may follow the NJDOH School Exclusion List to determine when they may return to school/ECE only if they have an alternative diagnosis (e.g., strep throat, influenza, worsening of chronic illness).


During medium, high and very hight transmission (yellow, orange and red), the following illness exclusion guilelines will be in effect:

Students with:

A: At least two of the following symptoms: fever (measure or subjective), chills, rigors (shivers), myalgia (muscle aches), headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose;

OR

B: At least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of smell, or new loss of taste.


Students and staff who have two or more symptoms from category A, or at least one symptom from category B, must present a negative COVID test in order to return to school.

Exclusion for illness applies to both unvaccinated AND vaccinated individuals, and a negative rapid or PCR COVID test is acceptable for return to school.


An alternate diagnosis (including a positive strep test or influenza swab) without a negative COVID-19 test is not acceptable for ill individuals who meet COVID-19 exclusion criteria to return to school during periods of medium, high or very high community transmission.


Individuals with COVID-19 compatible symptoms who do not wish to test must remain home until at least 5 days have passed since symptom onset.



DISTRICT COVID TESTING GUIDELINES

General COVID testing guidelines:

  • Rapid or PCR COVID tests are acceptable when testing at home, a doctor's office or as part of a tele-med visit if the student is symptomatic. We recommend consulting with your child’s physician for their testing recommendations.

  • Please note, all students awaiting PCR test results must remain home until the test result is returned. If a rapid and a PCR test are obtained at the same time, and the rapid test is negative, students are to remain home until PCR test results are received.


At-Home COVID testing guidelines:

A variety of home-based COVID tests are widely available. Parents/guardians, please be aware that any positive home-based COVID test must be reported immediately to the school nurse and principal, and the student should isolate away at home for 5 days. **Please send a picture of your student's positive home test to your school nurse**

The NJ Department of Health considers self-tests to be acceptable in the following settings:

  • May be used to screen both symptomatic and asymptomatic students.

  • May be used to implement public health actions (isolation), if the home test is positive.

If a home-based test is positive, but a PCR test obtained within 24 hours of the home-based test is negative, the student may return to school.


QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION GUIDELINES

The district no longer requires asymptomatic unvaccinated, or partially vaccinated individuals who are in-school close contacts to quarantine if exposed (regardless of vaccination status).

Students and staff should stay home if they:

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19. All COVID positive students must complete a 5 isolation (with day 0 being the date of the positive test or the date of first symptoms) in order to return to school, regardless of vacination status. Students returning to school on day 6 will be required to wear a mask at school on days 6-10.

  • Have COVID-19 compatible symptoms. Students must present a negative COVID test in order to return to school OR they must complete a 5 day quarantine. Please note, this is regardless of vaccination status.

  • Full, partial and unvaccinated close contacts are NOT required to quarantine, and may continue to attend school and participate in all activities as long as they remain asymptomatic. It is recommended that all individuals get tested for COVID-19 at least 5 days after the close contact with a person with suspected on confirmed COVID-19, continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days.**An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks post second vaccine.

**Contact your school nurse to confirm all return dates. Virtual instruction is no longer available during COVID isolation.


TRAVEL GUIDELINES

Parents/Guardians are expected to report travel plans in advance to the school principal, secretary, and nurse.

  • Students and staff members returning to New Jersey after domestic and international travel will not be required to quarantine, regardless of vaccination status.

  • The New NJ Department of Health and the CDC recommmend the following for individuals who have traveled abroad:

"After arrival to the United States, all travelers should get tested with a COVID-19 viral test 3-5 days after travel, self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, and isolate and get tested if they develop symptoms. If you are NOT vaccinated or NOT up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, you should stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel."

CONTACT TRACING GUIDELINES

  • We are no longer contact tracing positive COVID cases within the district. Our school nurses will continue to monitor for outbreaks within the district.


CLOSE CONTACT GUIDELINES

  • Colse contact guidelines have not changed. A Close Contact is defines as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. Families are NOT required to report close contact COVID exposures to the district.

Contact Information

Click on the underlined schools to visit each nurse's webpage

Beatriz Mendez MS, RN, CSN-NJ

bmendez@summit.k12.nj.us

Wilson Primary Center

Chelda Duan MS, RN, CSN-NJ

cduan@summit.k12.nj.us

Brayton School

Nicole Johnson BSN, RN

njohnson@summit.k12.nj.us

Ann Zanelli MSN, BSN, RN, CPNP, CSN-NJ

azanelli@summit.k12.nj.us

Beatriz Mendez MS, RN, CSN-NJ

bmendez@summit.k12.nj.us

Kaliope Diakos, BSN, RN, CSN-NJ

kdiakos@summit.k12.nj.us

Washington School

Glissette Ruiz BSN, RN

geruiz@summit.k12.nj.us

Mary Ellen McDonald MA, BSN, RN, CSN-NJ

mmcdonald@summit.k12.nj.us

Kristen Akian BSN, RN, CSN-NJ

kakian@summit.k12.nj.us