Good Afternoon Students and Parents,
I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter break and took advantage of the beautiful weather. I would like to clarify a few issues surrounding travel, isolation, and quarantine prior to returning to school tomorrow.
The CDC, New Jersey Department of Health, and Monmouth County Board of Health issue guidelines and recommendations concerning these topics. In any case, the CDC instructions advise following “all state and local recommendations or requirements” and advise that “local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions.” Therefore, at St. Rose High School, we defer to the Monmouth County Board of Health.
The CDC, NJDOH and Monmouth County Board of Health recommend a minimum 10-day isolation period for those who have tested positive for COVID-19. Once 10 days have elapsed, an individual can end their isolation if they have had 24 hours with no fever and other symptoms have improved with no fever-reducing medications. The isolation period begins on the first day of symptoms, or if there are no symptoms, on the day that the test was taken. For someone who has come in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, a 14-day quarantine is recommended beginning on the day after the last day of close contact. Close contact means that an individual spent 15 minutes or more within six feet of the person who has tested positive or began showing symptoms following an exposure, while that person was contagious (contagiousness begins 2 days before symptoms or a positive test if asymptomatic). The 15 minutes is cumulative over a 24-hour period. The CDC and NJDOH endorse a 14-day quarantine as the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Finally, the local health board recommends a 14-day quarantine for individuals who have travelled outside of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The 14-day quarantine begins on the day after the individual has returned to New Jersey.
Let’s continue to safeguard the health and well being of our students, their families, and our staff at St. Rose High School.
May God’s Blessings Be with All of You,
John F. Tonero