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Letter from the Superintendent - October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As we continue on our recovery from the pandemic, there is some good news to share as we gradually scale back some of the restrictions that were put into place to protect student and staff health.

Classroom Shields

Our high schools and middle schools have been operating this year without shields, with a few exceptions. However, the unique challenges in all elementary schools made it sensible to start the year following a more cautious approach even though shields are not required. We are also at a moment when the metrics around the virus are moving in a positive direction, meaning that the overall risk continues to decline. After conferring with our infectious disease consultant and the Wayne Department of Health, we can remove the desk shields in most cases recognizing their limited benefit. However, there are still some situations where maintaining shields is necessary. Please speak to your building principal in the event that you have any specific concerns about this change. 

Travel Quarantine for Unvaccinated Students and Staff

International Travel 

Staff and students who travel internationally are expected to follow the most current quarantine guidance based on the countries they visited, which range from quarantine and/or testing to an inability to return to the United States.

Domestic Travel

Even though there is no statewide travel advisory or mandate in place at this time, the New Jersey Department of Education still offers travel recommendations based on CDC guidance that encourages but does not require, unvaccinated individuals who travel outside states connected to New Jersey to self-quarantine for 7 days after domestic travel even if they have tested negative for COVID-19.  

The District will continue to seek out ways to balance health and safety issues against an overall desire to return to “normal” and reduce or eliminate restrictions when conditions allow us to do so safely.  The District reserves the right to resume more restrictive measures in the event that conditions change and there is a COVID resurgence.

Sincerely,

Mark Toback, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools 

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