The White House has announced they have launched a special website and hot-line where Americans can order at-home COVID-19 test kits to be mailed to their home. Starting Wednesday, January 19th, anyone can go to the web site and arrange to have four (4) kits mailed to their home at no cost. The web site is https://www.COVIDTests.gov. For those that may not have internet access, there will be a toll-free number to call. The White House says tests will begin to get shipped within seven days from ordering. Access to free tests should help relieve employers and plan sponsors from absorbing these additional testing costs.
The tests are to be used if you develop symptoms and cannot get an appointment for testing. These tests are not in lieu of the weekly testing requirements for unvaccinated staff as mandated by Executive Order #253.
If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Adrian!
COVID-19 and Schools
All public school districts in New Jersey are expected to provide full-time, in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. Parents or guardians are not able to opt children out of in-person instruction as allowed for the 2020-2021 school year.
All students, educators, staff, and visitors are required to wear face masks inside of school buildings, regardless of vaccination status, for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year.
Section 1: Symptoms
In children, signs/symptoms of COVID-19 are often mild, and it may not be possible to distinguish COVID-19 from other illnesses. The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) recommends that any child with COVID-19 compatible symptoms should not return to school until they have either received a negative viral test for COVID-19 or they have completed an isolation period of at least 10 days since symptom onset. The child should be fever free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medications, and with symptom improvement. Please check your child daily for these symptoms:
Category A Category B Chills Sore Throat Fever (100.0 or higher) Shortness of Breath Rigors (shivers) Nausea Vomiting Difficulty Breathing Myalgia (muscle aches) Fatigue Diarrhea New Loss of Smell Headache Congestion or Runny Nose Cough New Loss of Taste
Students who are sick should not attend school in person. If TWO OR MORE of the fields under Category A are checked off OR AT LEAST ONE field under Category B is checked off, please keep your child home, notify their health care provider for additional guidance, and follow up with your school. For students with chronic illness, only new symptoms, or symptoms worse than baseline, should be used to fulfill these criteria
Section 2: Suspected COVID-19 Exposure
- If your child has had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more cumulatively over a 24-hour period
- If someone in your household is diagnosed with lab-confirmed COVID-19
If EITHER of the fields in Section 2 is checked off, your child must remain home for 14 days from the last date of exposure (if your child is a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case) or the date of return to New Jersey. Contact your child’s healthcare provider, school nurse or the Camden County Department of Health for further guidance. Note: Household contacts may be required to quarantine for up to 24 days.
Section 3: Travel
The state of New Jersey strongly discourages all non-essential, out-of-state travel at this time. If your child has traveled, please follow the guidelines from the NJDOH and CDC.