E. Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments

WPRSD Protocols for Contact tracing, Isolation and Quarantining:  Board of Education Policy #1648 Critical Areas of Operation 1 and 6:   Isolation/Quarantining/Contact Tracing: 

The WPRSD will fully cooperate in sharing information with the Salem County Health Department to fulfill all mandated Contact Tracing/Isolation/Quarantine/Readmittance Requirements.

 Philosophy:

When students or staff are experiencing discomfort or potential symptoms of COVID-19, they are isolated from others. The Salem County Health Department will be notified immediately.  The Salem County Health Department will spearhead contact tracing.

 

Contact Tracing Protocol: 

Process: 

(NOTE: Monitoring/updates to be provided by school physician)

  1. School Nurses contact the Salem County Health Department for Contact Tracing 
  2. Contacts/Cohort information will be shared with the Salem County Health Department
  3. Attendance information will be shared with the Salem County Health Department
  4. Student, staff, team and bus cohorts will be informed and immediately placed on quarantine based on CDC and Salem County Health Department Recommendations.
  • Contact tracing will be conducted for close contacts(any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) of laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients
  • Remote communications for the purposes of case investigation and contact tracing should be prioritized; in-person communication may be considered only after remote options have been exhausted
  • Testing is recommended for all close contacts ofconfirmed or probable COVID-19 patients
  • Those contacts who test positive (symptomatic or asymptomatic) should be managed as a confirmed COVID-19 case.
  • Asymptomatic contacts testing negative should self-quarantine as per DOH guidance (i.e., close encounter with confirmed or probable COVID-19 case)
  • If testing is not available, symptomatic close contacts should self-isolate and be managed as a probable COVID-19 case
  • If testing is not available, asymptomatic close contacts should self-quarantine and be monitored, as per CDC guidance, after their last exposure, with linkage to clinical care for those who develop symptoms
    1. Students/staff will be readmitted to school according to NJDOH and Salem County Department of Health guidance.

Protocols for Symptomatic Students and Staff:

Process:

  • An isolation area that is supervised has been established in each school
  • Masks are required
  • Sanitization is required after each use
  • Provide the room monitor disposable gloves

Keep in the room:

  • Disposable paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Waste container with plastic liner
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
  • Hard-surface disinfectant