Clifton Schools Announce New Covid-19 Guidelines, Extends At-Home Option Through Jan. 21st
The Clifton schools district announced updated guidance on Covid-19, based on new recommendations from the CDC and New Jersey Department of Health. For school settings, this has resulted in shortening of the isolation period for COVID-19 positive cases and the quarantine period for those in close contact with a positive case to 5 days in most cases, except for Preschools. This new policy reduces the required quarantine from 14 days.
The new policies for Clifton schools include for those testing positive for Covid-19 or who are symptomatic and awaiting test results to stay at home and isolate for a minimum of 5 full days. Students must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school, and can return to school days 6 through 10. Policies vary for positive cases, close contacts, household contacts and for fully vaccinated vs. unvaccinated students, to read the complete and detailed guidelines, click here.
The district also extended the asynchronous short-term home instruction option for Covid-19 health concerns through January 21st. Parents were reminded that the New Jersey Department of Education is not allowing a full remote option except in the scenarios when a classroom, school, or district must quarantine or close for three or more days. To read the detailed procedures for this option click here.
The new guidelines reflect updates released by the NJ Department of Health on January 12th, the state explained the guidelines are based on when a person is considered most infectious.