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Contact your School Nurse
Parents must continue to contact their school nurse if their child should come into close contact with a positive case of COVID 19 or if they test positive.  Do not send your child to school if they are positive with COVID 19.
 
Daily Health Screener
All families should use the Daily Health Screener each day to monitor their child's symptoms. Stay in the habit of using the screener to help identify and address symptoms early should they occur.
 
NJDOH Requirements for School - COVID like symptoms and children
The NJDOH recommends that any child with COVID-19 compatible symptoms not return to school unless they have either received a negative viral test or isolated for a period of 10 days and are without a fever for a period of 24 hours. 
 
Contact Tracing and Notification
Contact tracing is a strategy used to determine the source of an infection and how it is spreading. Finding people who are close contacts to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, and therefore at higher risk of becoming infected themselves, can help prevent further spread of the virus. 
 
Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of someone with suspected or known COVID-19 for 15 or more minutes during a 24-hour period. In certain situations, it may be difficult to determine whether individuals have met this criterion and an entire cohort, classroom, or other group may need to be considered exposed. 
 
Exception:
In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) where both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.  This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.
 
Quarantining Requirements
If a Close Contact:  While CDC and NJDOH continue to endorse 14 days as the preferred quarantine period – and thus the preferred school exclusion period – it is recognized that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of spreading the virus. As a result, the Mount Laurel Schools require all close contacts to quarantine for 10 calendar days (no test out option).  
 
Positive COVID 19 Case: If an individual test positive for COVID 19 they must quarantine for 10 calendar days of the test date, or if symptomatic the first day they experienced symptoms, whichever is sooner.  Additionally, the individual must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. 
 
Testing
For information about testing, sites can be found by using the NJDOH weblink How to Get Tested for COVID 19.