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 travel is unavoidable, travelers should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) 1-3 days before the trip and again 3-5 days after the trip. If travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time. If travelers test negative, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel.
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 to record student and staff symptoms and temperatures. If you have not already done so, please invest in a home thermometer.
Masks are to be worn by students and staff at all times, except during meals and established mask-breaks. In Delbarton’s ongoing effort to prevent the transmission of Covid-19, gaiter face coverings will no longer be allowed as of Monday, October 26, 2020. Covid cases in Morris County and in NJ have risen, and as people move inside with the colder weather, we have to be more vigilant with our precautions. Many medical authorities and the CDC say the effectiveness of single layer gaiters in transmission of respiratory illness is questionable. Face masks that fit snugly over your mouth and nose with two or more layers are more reliable. Single layer bandanas, gaiters, or vented masks are no longer acceptable. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. 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 -19 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 he has COVID-like symptoms, he may return to school if he has a negative COVID test (PCR much preferred) or if not tested, he has been home for a 10- day isolation. He must be 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 without the use of fever-reducing medications. He should be retested for COVID if his symptoms continue or worsen.
- If the student tests positive for COVID, he must remain at home for 10 days from the date of the positive test or the date since symptoms first began.
- Any student who was in close contact with a COVID-positive person, in or out of school, must also be quarantined at home for 14 days.
- If a student or anyone in his household is being tested for COVID for any reason or has COVID symptoms, the student and his siblings should stay home until they receive negative test results. The whole house must stay home awaiting test results. If results are positive, the family needs to quarantine.
- Testing results must be forwarded to the school nurse.
Contact tracing is the process of identifying persons who may have come into contact with an infected person. 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 48 hours, was within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more over a 24- hour period, (cumulatively 15 minutes).
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 11/23/20).