Health and Safety
School Nurse Deirdre McAuliffe, RN has been working throughout the summer to prepare a comprehensive plan to reduce the risk of infection at Delbarton. Here are the basics…
Stay Home If Sick
The number one safety measure is to keep a student home if he is sick or has been in close contact with a sick individual with COVID-like symptoms or a person who tested positive for COVID-19. Inform Mrs. McAuliffe of illness-related absences and/or COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure. Respect the Delbarton School Illness Policy posted below and on the Reopen Roadmap hub. Mrs. McAuliffe can be reached by phone at 973-538-3231, x3080 and by email at DMcauliffe@delbarton.org.
If you have traveled to any state listed on the New Jersey COVID-19 Quarantine list, you must stay home for 14 days before coming to school. If your son is planning to travel to another state, check the list (which changes daily) at covid19.nj.gov to confirm that New Jersey does not mandate a 14-day quarantine period upon his return.
Daily Wellness Screenings
Daily screening of all students and staff is our first line of defense. Each morning, all student families and staff must use the Magnus Health system Symptom Checking app (details to follow from Mrs. McAuliffe) to record student and staff symptoms and temperatures. If you have not already done so, please invest in a home thermometer before the start of school.
Masks are to be worn by students and staff at all times, except during meals and established mask-breaks. Vented masks are not acceptable. If wearing a face covering exacerbates an existing medical condition, please provide Mrs. McAuliffe with a doctor’s note.
If a student comes to the Nurse's office ill with any possible Covid symptoms, he will be sent home. We will err on the side of caution and send any ill student home. In order for the student to return to school...
- If Covid is suspected, the student should be tested for Covid and remain home for 14 days. He may return to school earlier only if he submits a doctor's note to the Nurse confirming that he had a non-Covid illness. In that case, he may return to school once he has been symptom-free for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medications.
- If the student tests negative for Covid, he must remain home for 24 hours once he is symptom-free. He should be retested for Covid if his symptoms continue or worsen.
- If the student tests positive for Covid, yet he has not developed symptoms, he must remain at home for 10 days from the date of the positive test.
- Any student who was in close contact with a Covid-positive or symptomatic person, in or out of school, must also be quarantined at home for 14 days.
Contact tracing is the process of identifying persons who may have come into contact with an infected person and subsequent collection of further information about those contacts. This year, Delbarton students will use assigned seating in both their classrooms and lunch periods to facilitate contact tracing.
- The Delbarton School Nurse will notify the Morris Township Board of Health when she sends an ill student home. In the case of a positive Covid test result, the Morris Township Board of Health, with assistance from the Nurse, will begin contact tracing and quarantining of Delbarton students/teachers who, in the past 14 days, spent 10 minutes or more within 6 feet of the student.
- If a student's doctor thinks there is a high probability that the student has Covid, or if the student has exhibited multiple symptoms, the Board of Health, with assistance from the Nurse, will proceed with contact tracing by enforcing a quarantine of individuals who meet the criteria above for coming into close contact with him.
Classes will be live streamed and recorded (via Zoom) so that all students can participate in class. Attendance is required for scheduled classes. If a student learning from home must miss a class for any reason, please email teacher in advance of the class meeting.
Students who choose to attend Delbarton virtually must provide the Nurse with a doctor's note with the details of the illness preventing them from attending. This information will be confidential and handled on a case-by-case basis.
Follow CDC, NJ Department of Health and local health department guidelines. The most important of these are:
- Wash hands frequently or if that is not possible, use hand sanitizer.
- Stay 6 feet apart from others.
- Wear a mask.
- Do not touch your eyes, your mouth, nose or face.
- Cover your cough.
- Check your symptoms and temperature at home every day before coming to school.
See the School Nurse immediately if exhibiting the following symptoms:
- Feeling chills or feverish
- Fatigue or body aches
- Cough, congestion or runny nose
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Diarrhea, vomiting or nausea
- Sudden loss of smell or taste
- New onset of headache
Delbarton School Illness Policy
Our 2020-21 Delbarton School Illness Policy, which provides unambiguous guidelines for students who are sent home from school due to illness, was developed in accordance with CDC recommendations. The policy is posted below and appears on our Reopen Roadmap hub on Delbarton.org.
If you have any questions, please call Mrs. McAuliffe at 973-538-3231 x3080 or email her at DMcauliffe@delbarton.org.
Click here for the Delbarton School Illness Policy (Updated 8/6/20).
Click here for Frequently Asked Health Questions