Reporting a Confirmed Case of COVID
To report a positive case of COVID-19 (staff or student), send an email to your building principal, copying your school nurse on the communication. This protocol should be followed at all times, most especially on evenings, weekends, and days that school is closed in order to ensure that your communication is received.
Updates: Procedures and Guidelines
June 8, 2021 - Tenafly Public Schools will follow the guidelines below for in-school mask wearing.
Masking protocols, which are aligned with current CDC recommendations, remain in place. Principals can initiate an exception to masking requirements outdoors during periods of extreme heat and in situations where wearing a mask would inhibit an individual’s health. As always, unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks while participating in activities that include sustained contact with others, or when in a crowded setting.
May 24, 2021 - Executive Order 242
- Effective Friday, May 28, 2021, face coverings are not required in indoor public spaces.
- Does not include elementary and secondary schools:
“In addition, for purposes of Paragraph 1 of this Order, “indoor public spaces” do not include child care centers, other child care facilities, youth summer camps, and public, private, and parochial preschool program premises and elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools, which continue to be governed by Executive Orders No. 149 (2020), No. 175 (2020), and No. 237 (2021), and any applicable standards issued by the Commissioner of the DOH.”
- Social distancing guidelines lifted for outdoor spaces effective May 28, 2021.
- Does not include elementary and secondary schools:
“This Order shall not supersede any social distancing requirements for childcare centers, other childcare facilities, youth summer camps, and public, private, and parochial preschool program premises, and elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools, which continue to be governed by Executive Orders No. 149 (2020), No. 175 (2020), and No. 237 (2021), and any applicable standards issued by the Commissioner of the DOH.”
Other important notes:
1. During the course of the school day, face coverings and social distancing guidelines are in effect in schools both indoors and outside.
2. Effective June 4, 2021, outdoor/indoor capacity limits and social distancing guidelines are lifted for graduation and other end of year ceremonies only in schools.
Executive Order Summaries:
- May 14, 2021 Executive Order 240 – Health Emergency Order- extended the Health Emergency Order for an additional 30 days.
- May 17, 2021 Executive Order 241 - Masks and Social Distance Outdoor Guidelines
- Masks and social distancing guidelines lifted for outdoor public spaces.
- Does not include elementary, middle and high schools:
“In addition, for purposes of Paragraph 1 of this Order, “outdoor public spaces” do not include childcare centers, other childcare facilities, youth summer camps, and public, private, and parochial preschool program premises, and elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools, which continue to be governed by Executive Orders No. 149 (2020), No. 175 (2020), and No. 237 (2021), and any applicable standards issued by the Commissioner of the DOH.
May 18, 2021 - NJ.com - N.J. isn’t ditching indoor masks. Here’s all the reasons Murphy, health officials cited.
Excerpt from the order:
May 18, 2021 - After a review by and discussion with our health and safety representatives relative to the current communications from the CDC and state of New Jersey, there are no recommended changes to the protocols currently in place to support the health and safety of our schools, students, and staff. Mask wearing in and around the school properties during all school-related activities and within school hours will continue.
Additionally, while the Governor has lifted the mandatory quarantine, he continues to recommend that all travelers follow CDC travel guidance. This is the same guidance upon which our current Daily Symptom Tracker is based and requires a test 3-5 days after International travel for all travelers, regardless of vaccination status. It also removes any quarantine requirements for fully-vaccinated travelers who travel domestically, while continuing to place quarantine/test procedure requirements on those who are not fully-vaccinated following domestic travel. Therefore, there will be no changes to the Daily Symptom Tracker at this time.
Full details of this information may be found at https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey
Notes from the CDC
- The CDC May 15th communication recommends that schools continue to use the current COVID-19 prevention strategies for the 2020-2021 school year.
- The universal and correct use of masks:
- Core principle for masks: Require consistent and correct use of well-fittingface masks with proper filtration by all students, teachers, and staff to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission through respiratory droplets. Masks should be worn at all times, by all people in school facilities, with certain exceptions for certain people, or for certain settings or activities, such as while eating or drinking. Masks should be required in all classroom and non-classroom settings, including hallways, school offices, restrooms, gyms, auditoriums, etc.
- Mask policies for all students, teachers, and staff set the expectation that people will use masks throughout the school.
May 16, 2021 - Notes from NJ.GOV
Face coverings: Students are required to wear face coverings at all times while inside a school building, regardless of social distancing, unless doing so would inhibit the individual's health or for other outlined exceptions. School staff and visitors are also required to wear face coverings. For more information, refer to DOE's guidance on face coverings.
Effective May 10, 2021, Tenafly Public Schools will no longer require temperature checks to enter school buildings. In accordance with guidance from our local health representatives, temperature checks will no longer be taken upon entry into a TPS school building, but will remain part of our symptom tracker criteria. As our knowledge of the virus, its symptoms and transmission characteristics continues to grow, we will continue to incorporate the associated changes into our school day.
On April 29, 2021, our region on the NJ COVID Matrix was downgraded from orange to yellow. See Week 16 Report at https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/statistics/covid/.
Here is the impact of this change on school environments as per the NJDOE (and as per our very own, Dr. Owens!):
- Individuals (who are not “fully vaccinated” and/or have not been affected by COVID in the last 90 days) who may have been in close contact with an individual with COVID no longer has a 2 week quarantine period. Instead, they may quarantine for 10 days without a test, or they may test 5-7 days after exposure and, if they receive a negative test result, they may return after a 7 day quarantine period (with negative test results presented to school).
- All students at all grade levels may be seated 3 ft apart from one another with no physical barrier needed
- Plexiglass is no longer a recommendation between students seated at least 3 ft apart. We will continue to use plexiglass sensibly where it is fixed in place and does not present a distraction to students.
- Social distancing, mask wearing, and hygiene practices are still in place
- Contact tracing will continue when a positive case is identified: Individuals (who are not “fully vaccinated” and/or have not been affected by COVID in the last 90 days) within 6ft of the affected person for a cumulative period of 15 minutes or more during the period of infectivity (48 hours before symptoms present or 48 hours prior to a positive test result) will be required to quarantine as noted above in the first bulleted item
Thank you for your continued efforts in keeping our schools healthy and safe for all!
Dear Tenafly Public Schools Community,
We understand the level of concern regarding COVID-19 and continue to promote all safeguards against the transmission of this virus, particularly during off-school hours. We appreciate your support and cooperation, and your vigilance in promoting preventative practices and measures, such as:
- Staying home when you are sick;
- Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
- Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
- Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils;
- Practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart);
- Wearing a face covering while in school; and
- Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms.
The District continues to coordinate closely with public health officials and to follow CDC, state, and local health department guidance to ensure the health and safety of our community. Thank you for respecting the privacy of our district’s students, staff and their families and for recognizing our adherence to all privacy rights of the affected individuals.
In addition to the guidelines specific to Tenafly Public Schools, we have assembled and will continue to update a variety of resources for your review and reference. Additional resources will be added as they become available and updates to school guidelines will be posted here as well as sent to you through our normal email and text communications. Thank you.