While we have been able to return to more traditional school year, COVID is still present and we need to keep our community healthy.
Below are Symptoms of COVID-19 from the NJDOH for your reference. As you can see symptoms seen in COVID-19 are also common in other childhood illnesses like the common cold, the flu, or seasonal allergies. Your role as a parent/guardian is to monitor your child’s health daily. In order to maintain the health and safety of all students and staff, we are asking you to review the following each morning before sending your child to school.
Daily pre-attendance checklist for students:
Does your child have any of the following:
Fever (100* or above without taking fever reducing medication) or chills
Cough (not related to allergies or asthma)
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (not related to exercise or asthma)
Muscle or body aches (not related to injury or strain)
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose (not related to allergies)
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea (more than 1 loose bowel movement)
Has your child had close contact (within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes over a 24 hour period) in the last 10 days with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19?
Students who are close contact are allowed in school but need to wear a mask for 10 days after close contact.
Is your child or any member of your household isolating because they are suspected of being sick with COVID-19.
Is your child currently waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test?
*If yes to any of the above, student should not go to school. Contact your child’s school nurse for instructions.
By sending your child to school you are attesting that the answer to all of the above questions are “No” on that day . If you have any question about your student’s health, please err on the side of excluding them from school and seek medical attention for evaluation. Especially in this current situation, “if in doubt…..keep them out!” You can contact the school nurse for guidance before sending them. It may simply mean that your child will be able to come into school late or will need to attend school virtually. Better late or virtual than possibly exposing others.
We kindly request that you contact the school nurse ASAP if your child has tested positive for COVID-19. We appreciate your cooperation in this very important health matter. We are counting on everyone to do their part in controlling this virus so we can keep our schools open.
Helpful Links :
- NJ Department of Education Virtual Learning Toolkit: Resource for Families & Schools - https://www.state.nj.us/education/reopening/virtuallearning/
- NJ Department of Education - https://www.nj.gov/education/covid19/
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- NJ Department of Health - https://www.nj.gov/health/
- NJ DOH CDS Guidance for K-12 Schools - https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_schools.shtml
- NJ Regional COVID Activity Report - https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/statistics/covid/
- NJ Department of Human Resources - https://nj.gov/humanservices/dds/documents/RD/2021/RD_2020-2021-final-web.pdf
HBSD COVID-19 Protocols 22-23 (1) (pdf)
HB Safe Return Plan - 2022-23 Revised 9_22 (1) (pdf)
Chapter 27 Emergency Virtual or Remote Instruction Programs 2022-2023 (pdf)