2021-2022 School Year!

  • Welcome Back

     

    UPDATED COVID-19 GUIDANCE EFFECTIVE 3/7/2022

    DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS

    Daily health screenings through Pick Up Patrol will no longer be required effective 3/7/2022.
    If your child has any signs or symptoms of illness please keep them home and contact the School Nurse for further guidance.

    Please review the guidance below and if you have ANY questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Jamie Kovalsky, RN,
    at kovalskyj@htesd.org or (908) 859-1001 ext. 190

Mask Optional Information

  • COVID-19 transmission activity levels in New Jersey have improved to the point where relaxation of universal masking rules in K-12 schools can generally occur. As of March 7, 2022, Harmony will adopt a masks optional policy. In addition to school district policies, individuals (including parents/guardians) need to make masking decisions based on their specific situation, such as family members that are immunocompromised or at high risk of severe illness. Students or staff who are concerned about disease transmission are encouraged to continue to mask. Currently our region is in the moderate COVID-19 activity level of community transmission (yellow).  Please note that during periods of elevated community transmission, orange (high) or red (very high), we may require students and staff to wear masks again.
    Masks will be required for students or staff when returning to school after a  shortened 5-day quarantine or isolation period, on days 6-10, indoors and outdoors.
    If COVID-like illness occurs in school students or staff will be required to wear a mask until they leave the premises.
    The Health Office, as with most medical offices, will remain a mask-required area. Masks will be provided.

ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE GUIDELINES

  • Isolation:
    These guidelines remain unchanged.
    Students or staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to stay home and isolate for a minimum of 5 days, from the date of the positive test OR on the first day of symptoms. On day 6 you may return to school if symptoms are gone or improved, but must wear a mask until day 11. If unable/unwilling to wear a mask, return to school is delayed until day 11.

    Quarantine:
    These guidelines remain unchanged.
    Students or staff who are considered close contacts to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to stay home and quarantine for a minimum of 5 days, from the date of the contact. On day 6 you may return to school but must wear a mask until day 11.  A person would be considered a close contact if they are within 6 feet of a person testing positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes if unmasked. If both parties are masked, the distance would be reduced to within 3 feet.

    Who needs to quarantine if exposed?
    Persons > 12 years old who completed a primary series of COVID-19 vaccine but have NOT received a booster shot when eligible.
    Persons who have not completed a primary vaccine series.

    Who does NOT need to quarantine?

    • Persons > 12 years old who completed a primary series of COVID-19 vaccines and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters.
    • Children 5-11 years old who completed their primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Persons who had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days. 

    Quarantine for 5 days after exposure and get tested at least 5 days after the day of close contact. If positive or symptomatic continue to stay home and follow isolation recommendations. If no symptoms and/or negative test you may attend school but must wear a mask days 6-10 after exposure.

NEW (3/7/22)

  • What's NEW!

    • If unable or unwilling to wear a mask days 6-10, you may return to school on day 8 with a negative test result collected on day 5-7.
    • The travel quarantine has been eliminated, however, it is still recommended to test on day 3-5 post-travel or if any symptoms develop.

    If your child has been vaccinated and boosted if eligible, please provide the immunization information to the school nurse.

Testing

  • Home tests: If a child has COVID-like symptoms, or was exposed and does not have symptoms, a rapid home negative test would be acceptable with the completion of a signed attestation form, and a picture of the negative test, with a time, date, and initials, for return to school. A positive home test is acceptable as well, but a PCR or outside rapid test is recommended for confirmation since it would eliminate the need to quarantine for 90 days.

PICKUP PATROL PROCEDURES

  • PickUp Patrol

    ATTENTION PARENTS:
    PLEASE UPDATE YOUR CHILD'S DEFAULT PLAN
    BY SEPTEMBER 1, 2021

    ALL ABSENCES, LATE ARRIVALS AND EARLY DISMISSALS
    MUST BE ENTERED IN PICKUP PATROL
    IF APPLICABLE, PLEASE INCLUDE TIME

    DROP OFF/PICKUP DOORS
    PLEASE CHOOSE DOOR DESIGNATED BY YOUR CHILD'S LAST NAME
    PLEASE REMAIN IN THE CAR AND WAIT FOR STAFF
    - BACKDOOR RT 519 (FOR LAST NAME A-L)
    - SIDEDOOR BRAINARDS RD (FOR LAST NAME M-Z)

    SEE MAP FOR DIRECTIONS >>

    PRESCHOOL STUDENTS WILL ALWAYS USE THE BACKDOOR RT 519

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

  •  EMERGENCY CONTACT
    If your child develops COVID like symptoms during the school day
    it is imperative that they be picked up immediately.
    Please ensure that you have at least one emergency contact
    that will be available to pick up your child within 30 minutes of contact.
    Please contact Mrs. Kovalsky, the school nurse, with any questions.
    908-859-1001 ext. 190

If YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN VACCINATED...

  • IF YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN VACCINATED: 
    If your child has been vaccinated for COVID-19

    please send a copy of the documentation to the school nurse
    for your child's health records.
    This will assist the school nurse in identifying students
    that need to be quarantined if there is exposure to a positive COVID-19 case.
    The documentation can be scanned and emailed to kovalskyj@htesd.org,
    faxed to 908-859-2277, or dropped off at the main office. Thank you!