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School Nurse » COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 Protocols

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Millburn School District is carefully monitoring and responding to information as we receive it, surrounding COVID-19. The safety of our students, staff, faculty and community is our highest priority. We receive our information from the Centers for Disease Control CDC, as well as the New Jersey Department of Health NJDOH, our local health department LHD Johns Hopkins University Center for Science and Engineering JHU and the US State Department State Department Travel Advisory
Under this guidance we have developed several COVID-19 procedures, these include:
  • Screening for all athletes, staff, faculty and once our students return they too will be screened.
  • Intensive cleaning before, during and after the school day.
  • Setting up the classrooms to maintain social distancing.
  • All staff, faculty and students must wear masks in the building.
  • Handwashing and sanitizing stations throughout the buildings.
  • Adherence to the quarantine and isolation requirements as determined by current health department recommendations.
How you can help:
  • Monitor your child's health by taking daily temperatures
  • Keep your child home if unwell
  • Pick up your child promptly if he or she becomes unwell during the school day
  • Update Powerschool with emergency contacts that are close at hand and available to pick up your child if you are unavailable
  • Follow the travel restriction guidelines 
  • Prepare your child to wear a mask and practice social distancing in school
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On December 3, the New Jersey Department of Health updated their COVID-19 quarantine timeframes.  Due to the upward trend of COVID-19 cases in NJ, the current high risk (orange) level in Essex county, and the recommendations of our local health department, we as a district are not changing our quarantining timeframe.  Our goal is to keep our schools open, safe and transmission down, therefore we are endorsing that the quarantine timeframe remains 14 days.

When a student complains of not feeling well at school:
Symptoms of COVID-19

If a student presents with one or more symptoms consistent with COVID-19 symptoms that student will be isolated in school and sent home as soon as possible.


As per the New Jersey Department of Health guidelines that student can return to school when:


  1. He or she is seen by a healthcare provider and receives a negative COVID-19 test 
  2. If the decision is made not to see a healthcare provider, in order to return to school:
    • The student MUST stay home from school for 10 days from when symptoms first appeared, AND
    • MUST be fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND
    • All other symptoms are improving (Loss of taste and smell can persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​)


A student who has been in contact with someone with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, or has COVID-compatible symptoms, must stay home for 14 days from the date of last contact, or until ill individual tests negative for COVID-19. A NEGATIVE TEST DOES NOT NEGATE QUARANTINE REQUIREMENT. 


Siblings of a student who has symptoms should be excluded from school until the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result.  If the symptomatic individual tests positive, the sibling will need to self-quarantine. 


If you, your child, or any member of your household, tests positive for COVID-19, please contact your school nurse and building administrator as soon as possible.
If a student tests positive he or she must stay home for 10 days and may return after 10 days once fever-free without fever-reducing medication and symptoms are reducing.
Contact tracing will be done by the local health department and all contacts, as determined by the health department, will be required to quarantine for 14 days  Areas where the infected person was present will be closed for 24 hours and then thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
School closing will be determined by the Department of Health and the Board of Education.
If a member of our community receives a diagnosis of COVID-19, all decisions regarding isolation, quarantine, and school closings will be made by the Board of Education and the Livingston Department of Health, under the firm guidelines laid out by the NJ Department of Health.
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