November 24, 2020
Dear Mendham Borough School Community,
As I shared in my communication last week, our region is now at the high risk level as identified in the COVID-19 Regional Risk Matrix and there are updated guidelines associated with this new increased level of transmission.
As explained in the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) guidance document: “The COVID-19 Regional Risk Matrix provides data and public health recommendations for local health departments and schools to consider based on the level of COVID-19 transmission in their region. Regional risk levels are just one tool that local health departments and schools can use when assessing COVID-19 risk. Local health departments have additional knowledge of COVID-19 in their jurisdictions that can inform local planning and response actions. The COVID-19 Regional Risk Matrix provides public health recommendations regarding the type of instruction (in-person, hybrid, remote), response to ill staff or students, exclusion criteria, and activities that involve interaction with multiple cohorts.” Mendham Borough is part of the Northwest region which includes the following counties: Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Warren.
The current NJDOH Exclusion Criteria under the HIGH Risk level has recently led to disruptions to our in-seat instruction.
Please review carefully the following exclusion criteria below:
When a region is designated as having High Risk activity, any child or adult who presents with two of the following symptoms (fever, chills, rigors, myalgia - muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose) will be sent home to quarantine and learn/teach remotely for fourteen days or until the individual tests negative for COVID-19.
In addition, close contacts of the child/adult exhibiting two of the above named symptoms must also be sent home to quarantine and learn/teach remotely until the person who was ill tests negative for COVID-19. Finally, if any child or adult presents with one of the following symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of smell, new loss of taste ) the same guidelines noted above would apply.
Please also follow the guidelines below:
- If someone in your household is being tested for COVID-19 due to illness, students/staff should also stay home until the test result is received. Parents/guardians, students and staff should notify school administrators of illness and known exposure.
- If you have a potential exposure to COVID-19 due to close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the past 14 days or have traveled to an area with high levels of COVID-19 transmission in the past 14 days you should notify school of potential exposure.
Should we receive confirmation of a positive case of COVID 19 in our District that requires quarantining of classes/grade levels and/or a move to remote instruction a letter will be sent out informing you that an individual at the specific school has been identified as a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) case. Presumptive cases will only be addressed through verbal communication with close contacts.
Any questions about your child please contact your School Nurse or School Principal. Staff /Faculty members, as always, should reach out to me.
Mitzi N. Morillo Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools