Parent Letter - Update on COVID Procedures
Message from the Superintendent 3-3-2022
Dear Manchester Township School Community:
I hope this communication finds you well and looking forward to the spring. I would like to share with you some important changes beginning next week for our school community. The goal of these changes is to gradually and safely return our school community to as much normalcy as possible for the remainder of the school year. Please keep in mind that all information is subject to change based on CDC and NJ Department of Health guidelines and mandates issued by the Governor.
Masks Optional Starting 3/7/2022
As a reminder, effective Monday, March 7, 2022, Manchester Township Public Schools will transition to a “mask optional” approach for all students and staff as previously intended in the District’s June 2021 Road Forward Plan. Most recently, the CDC has lifted the requirement for masking on school transportation vehicles. Therefore, Manchester Township School District will also make masks optional on school buses beginning on Monday, March 7, 2022.
Students and staff testing positive for COVID-19 will still be required to isolate and not attend school for five days after the date of symptom onset. Parents and staff must continue to notify their school nurses or main offices if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 so we can perform the required contact tracing and keep our schools and families safe. Household contacts of a positive individual will be excluded from school. The school nurse will determine the length of time for exclusion of household contacts based on individual circumstances. Remote learning will be made available for all isolated or excluded students.
Following our routine COVID protocols, parents will continue to be notified if the District becomes aware of a close contact; however, quarantines for close contacts will be optional. Parents will be given the choice to quarantine their child, but not required. Families who choose to quarantine will continue to be given the option of remote instruction for their children.
Daily Health Screening Ends
Lastly, students and staff will no longer be required to submit a daily health screening or have their temperature taken as they enter our school facilities. If your child is sick, please do not send them to school. Unvaccinated staff will still be required to comply with weekly testing as a requirement in Executive Order 253.
We appreciate your cooperation, understanding, and patience during these unprecedented and ever-changing times. As always, we will continue to update the community as we receive additional information. Please feel free to contact the Superintendent’s Office at (732) 350-5900 or email Jberenato@mtschools.org. Stay healthy!
Yours in leadership,
John P. Berenato
Superintendent of Schools