MBS will establish a standard of care for handling suspected cases of COVID-19 within the school community, following guidelines set by the NJDOH, the NJDOE, and the CDC.
Understanding Possible Exposure to COVID-19
MBS will develop and administer a COVID-19 survey to parents and students through the Magnus Health Portal. The survey will be updated as needed with questions related to previous exposure to COVID-19. Survey questions may include:
- Have you tested positive for COVID-19?
- If diagnosed with COVID-19, were you symptomatic?
- If diagnosed with COVID-19, were you hospitalized?
- Have you had any known exposure to anyone who tested positive for COVID-19?
- Have you experienced any cold, fever, or flu-like symptoms in recent weeks?
- [For Parents] Please list two reliable emergency contacts who can pick up your child within an hour in the event they become ill at school while you are unavailable.
- Have you traveled outside of NJ in the last 14 days?
Protocol for Suspected COVID-19 Cases
Following a return to campus, MBS will implement the following standards of care for suspected cases of COVID-19:
- Isolating the student and monitoring temperature and symptoms
- Ensuring pick-up by a parent or emergency contact within one hour
- Having the Nurse’s Office staff escort the ill student to the car (when possible) to limit the number of visitors in the building
If a student, faculty member, or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, that student will be asked to isolate at home and MBS will close for 24 hours to allow for deep cleaning. Relevant local public health departments will be informed of the positive case and MBS will support their contact tracing efforts in a manner that respects privacy. Contact-tracing includes an investigation of direct contacts (peers, teachers, siblings, or any individual seen face-to-face for a minimum of 15 minutes).
MBS is prepared to assist with contact-tracing activities. Each member of the student body has been identified by county, and the MBS Nurse’s Office has contacts in place with the relevant local health departments to receive the latest reports and recommendations.
Families will report positive cases to the Nurse, who will keep a confidential record to track students and coordinate return-to-school dates. Any students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days, based on CDC recommendations.
Returning to School Following a COVID-19 Diagnosis
Students who test positive for COVID-19 may only return to campus when the guidelines set out by the CDC and the State of New Jersey have been met. These include:
- Following local health department guidance for exclusion and return to school
- Requiring students wait at least 10 days after first symptoms appeared AND are symptom-free AND have gone 72 hours fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication
- Note: Those who test positive but show no symptoms must remain home for 10 days following the test