Return to School, September 2022

  • School Schedule: All students will be provided with full day, onsite instruction for the 2022-23 school year. Options for full-virtual learning programs no longer exist.

    The Instructional Day: The curricular program will be delivered in the traditional Tenafly style to promote critical thinking and engagement, incorporate peer collaboration, and support individualized achievement through differentiated instruction for all students in the classroom. 

    Lunch: We will follow lunch as indicated on each respective school’s daily bell schedule. Cafeterias, gymnasiums, and other designated locations previously used for lunch will be utilized. When possible, schools may also offer additional spaces for eating.

    All eating areas will continue to be cleaned before, in-between, and after mealtimes.

    Students will be routinely reminded and monitored for the demonstration of healthy practices during lunch which include, but are not limited to:

    • Sanitization/hand-washing prior to and following their meal

    • Designated space for eating will be optimized. Seated students will be spaced apart as much as possible, be it at tables and/or between tables.

    • Students eating at non-table areas have to keep a healthy distance between them during meal time.

    • Schools will offer outdoor eating areas to students/classes whenever possible.

    SACC, Clubs and Extracurricular Activities: Before and After-School Child Care (SACC) will run in its usual format this year, as will clubs and extracurricular activities. The procedures and protocols in place during the school day will carry over into all of these school-supported and school-sponsored activities. School-sponsored clubs at all levels will also proceed in an in-person format. At the elementary level, clubs sponsored by HSAs will operate at the discretion of each respective HSA and families should await updates on this from their school’s HSA.

    Athletics: Athletics will take place in their traditional format, abiding by the protocols in place for our schools. 

    COVID - 2022-23 School Year

    Based on the most recent Governor’s Order, EO 302 and CDC guidance of August 11, 2022, TPS will implement the following procedures/protocols for the 2022-23 school year. The procedures below are subject to change if/when updated NJDOH guidance for NJ’s K-12 schools is received. 

    Face Masks

    • Mask wearing in/on school property and during school activities remains optional for staff and students, with the exception of school nurse offices.

      • Mask-wearing requirement in school nurse offices:  All staff/students must wear a mask prior to entering any school nurse’s office. 

      • Masks will be available at the entrance to each nurse’s office.

      • Mask wearing is at the discretion of the student/parent/staff member for all other situations and locations.

    Absences Due to COVID

    • Parents/Caregivers of students diagnosed with COVID will report the diagnosis to their respective school office when reporting the student’s absence. 

      • TBOE Attendance Policy and Regulation 5200 will apply (See Sections D and E of Regulation 5200) to all student absences, including COVID-related absences.

    • Virtual instruction is no longer an option for any absentee student, including those affected by COVID.

      • TBOE Policy and Regulation 5200 will apply to all absences, including COVID-related absences.

      • See Section F of Regulation 5200 for details on instruction for absent students.   

    • Staff members diagnosed with COVID will report the COVID diagnosis to their respective administrator/designee when reporting the reason for their absence. 

      • Staff absences, including those associated with a COVID diagnosis, will be deducted from their accumulated sick day bank.

      • These absences must be entered as a “sick” day into the Frontline system.

    Returning After COVID   

    • Staff and parents of students diagnosed with COVID should follow doctor’s orders and/or the most updated health recommendations relevant to COVID. (Currently the standard COVID recovery time remains five days from symptom onset.) Staff and students are expected to be fully recovered and 24 hours fever-free before returning to work or school. Staff and parents/caregivers should refer to the August 11, 2022 Standard CDC recommendations Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19 on Individual Persons, Communities, and Health Care Systems.

      • Schools and other institutions no longer need to screen asymptomatic students and/or employees.

      • The “six foot” standard for social distancing is no longer recommended.

      • Unvaccinated individuals no longer need to quarantine.

    COVID Notifications and the COVID Dashboard

    • Class/School notifications of COVID cases and the COVID dashboard will cease.

Last Modified on September 7, 2022