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JERSEY CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Safe Return Plan 2021-2022 School Year

 

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Safe Return Plan-pdf Updated December 2021

 

Updated April 10,  2022

 

Dear Jersey City Public School Parents and Community: 

 

Please allow the information below, while continually evolving, to provide guidance and support regarding how our schools are prepared to operate as the school year progresses. The information on this page is based on Governor Murphy’s lifting of the mask mandate, Executive Order #253, recommendations from the New Jersey Department of Education, and the most current information from the NJ Department of Health and the CDC.  The District will continue to review Governor Murphy’s announcements and the New Jersey Department of Education's recommendations to adopt procedures and practices that mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and promote the health of students and staff.  

 

Weekly Covid-19 Testing from the New Jersey Department of Health is available at the schools for students with parental permission on a regular schedule. Parents must register their students as directed by the particular school their child attends.  We ask for your patience as we embark on this new procedure that will keep our children healthier and present at school.  Once the testing is available at the schools, the District will develop a policy to keep students in school as long as they do not exhibit any Covid-19 like symptoms.

 

Students and families are encouraged to order free at-home tests to have on hand available at COVIDtest.gov.

 

Unvaccinated “workers” are the only individuals mandated to test weekly under EO 253.  

 

The chart below relies on guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health and the Jersey City Department of Health.   As such, all topics included on this page are subject to revisions based on State and/or local health COVID19 Activity Level Index (CALI) and executive order(s), and Administrative Code 18A 40-10.

Frequently Asked Questions

Current information as of 2/7/22

Masks

Masks are optional for staff, students and visitors. If a student or a staff member is identified as close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID, masking is required. Universal masking may be required during periods of elevated community transmission.

Social Distance

 

6 feet social distance

Instruction

A full day of classes

Field Trips

Limited 

Assemblies

Limited in-person programs

Cohorts

Structured groups for lunch and recess

Cleaning and Sanitizing Practices

Continue increased daily cleaning of all frequently touched areas and additional attention to areas where an individual was identified as testing positive for COVID-19 

Parents/Guardians and Staff

Must self-check for COVID-19 symptoms:

People with COVID-19 have a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Staff/Student Health Screening

Daily temperature screening of students and staff.  All students and staff with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and contact their doctor and the school nurse.

COVID-19 Positive students and staff

Isolation for 10 days for all who are experiencing symptoms or are asymptomatic (no symptoms). Medical clearance from the doctor is required for return to in-person school/work for all individuals who tested positive with or without symptoms and consultation with the School Nurse and/ or District Nurse for return to school/work prior to returning.

School setting guidelines are subject to change in the near future if the NJ Department of Health revises the regulations based on CDC guidelines.

Unvaccinated Student/Staff

Close Contact Quarantine 

Unvaccinated close contact with a positive individual:

Quarantine 5 full days from the last day of contact. Test on the 5th day. Monitor for fever (100.4 or greater), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms. If symptoms develop see a doctor.

For days 6-10: Must wear a mask. Continue to monitor for fever(100.4 or greater), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after their last day of exposure.

Limit participation in extracurricular activities to only those activities where masks can be worn consistently and correctly.

Unvaccinated family contacts of a Covid positive individual: 15 days of quarantine. If symptoms develop see a doctor.

Consultation with the School Nurse and/or District Nurse is required prior to return.

Quarantine after COVID-19 exposure for Fully Vaccinated Student/Staff

Fully Vaccinated (Primary Series and Booster if age eligible) students/staff who are identified as close contacts do not need to be quarantined but must test on the 5th day after the last day of contact with the positive individual. The staff member requires the wearing of a mask for 10 days from the last day of contact with the positive individual. If symptoms develop, consult a doctor and notify the School Nurse/ District Nurse.

(School setting guidelines are subject to change in the near future if the NJ Department of Health revises the regulations based on CDC guidelines).

Quarantine for Fully Vaccinated Student/Staff  after domestic travel outside of NJ, NY, CT, PA, and DL or any international travel

Domestic Travel: No quarantine; contingent upon proof of full vaccination status. 

International Travel: students/staff may return to school and testing must be done within 3-5 days after returning to New Jersey.

Quarantine for Unvaccinated Student/Staff after domestic travel outside of NJ, NY, CT, and PA or any international travel

In the event a parent/guardian of a student provides proof to the school nurse confirming that the student, within seventy-two (72) hours of his/her return from traveling domestically, has obtained a negative COVID-19 test, the student shall be admitted to the school. The COVID-19 test shall be either an FDA-approved molecular (PCR, saliva, etc.) or antigen test. Any absence prior to the student's return to school with a negative COVID-19 test shall not be marked as unexcused.

Otherwise or if you traveled Internationally, test 3-5 days after returning to New Jersey. Quarantine for 7 days if test results are negative. If no testing is done, quarantine for 10 days.

Students/Staff with COVID-19 compatible symptoms in school

Based on the level of compatible symptoms, the School Nurse and/or Administration will advise staff or parent/guardian (for students) to seek medical clearance before return to work/school is granted.

COVID- 19 Tests

A PCR or antigen test that is lab certified is an allowable measure to trace COVID-19. Home test kits for COVID-19, which are not certified by a lab, are not permissible tests for return to school or work.

Instruction for quarantined students Identified as a Close Contact to a positive COVID-19 individual 

Virtual learning will be provided to an individual student, groups of students, or entire classes excluded from school due to quarantine for close contact exposure. Day 1 of virtual learning will be asynchronous.

Day 2 will begin live, virtual instruction. 

The JCPS will provide virtual learning during the quarantine only as per the Road Forward Regulations.

Instruction Due to Quarantine for

elective domestic travel outside NJ, NY, CT, PA, or any international travel

Quarantine days will be counted as a student absence/sick day. Asynchronous and/or Google Classroom assignments will need to be completed for credit.

School bus capacity

The buses will run at 75% capacity with a temperature screening before boarding and slightly open windows.  

 

The Jersey City Public Schools District is prepared to provide continuity of instruction in the event that schools are closed for an extended period of time.  Additionally, the District will ensure that students receive nutritious meals that can easily be picked up during the school closure as explained in the Jersey City Public Schools Remote Learning Plan for School Closures during the 2021-2022 school year. 

 

Additional information:

  • Students will wear the school uniform;
  • Students and staff will follow the rules for hand washing and respiratory etiquette;
  • Preschool students will eat in the classroom;
  • K-12 students will have a grab-and-go breakfast, 
  • Lunch will be served in the cafeteria with a staggered schedule;
  • Morning Stars and CASPER will be available for before and after-school care;
  • All extended day and extracurricular activities will be in place.
  • School principals will continue to provide information as the school year continues.
  • The schools will host virtual orientation meetings as often as necessary to allow for social distance.
  • Preschool parents will be permitted to accompany children to their classrooms on the first day of school to drop them off, see the room and meet the staff in person.
  • Remote instruction would only be available to students during quarantine or closure and not as a long-term option for learning.

 

As described in the NJDOE August 11, 2021 Memo, virtual instruction will be provided under certain conditions when exclusion is directly related to COVID-19 infection and exposure. Elective travel does not fall under this provision. Please keep this in mind when you consider traveling outside of NJ, NY, CT, PA, DE, or international travel, as it will require a quarantine period for your child/children. 

 

The JCPS District’s goal is to provide high-quality instruction and support for our students and their families as we continue full-day in-person learning with the COVID-19 limitations. We will keep stakeholders informed as we navigate the Covid-19 related health concerns and the Governor’s mandates for educating our students. Your input and patience during this process have been crucial to our decision.

 

The COVID-19 Pandemic is a fluid situation and may require adjustments and changes with limited warning. Once again, we thank you for our continued partnership and look forward to a wonderful school year.  

 

Dr. Norma Fernandez

 

Acting Superintendent of Schools  

 

 

Update March 1, 2022

 

 

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff,

 

Please recall that noting the significant decline of State-wide COVID-19 metrics, Governor Murphy announced on February 7th that masks and facial coverings would no longer be mandated for students, staff, and visitors in schools and childcare centers as of Monday, March 7th.

 

Accordingly, the JCPS waited to receive further specific guidance before making a determination as to whether to lift the mask mandate. Last Friday, the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Department of Health provided additional guidance. In addition, the CDC has also updated its recommendations and guidelines pertaining to mask-wearing and facial coverings.

 

Over the course of the past several days, the information from all these agencies, the Covid-19 Activity Level Report, also known as the CALI, and District data have been thoroughly reviewed and analyzed during meetings with the district nurse, legal counsel, and senior leadership team members leaders in order to reach a decision as to how to respond to Gov. Murphy’s decision to lift the mask mandate.

 

Therefore, effective Monday, March 7, 2022, parents, visitors, and employees will decide if they want to wear a mask or facial covering. In other words, masks and facial coverings will be optional and a matter of personal choice.  Parents know their children and their family best and will have to decide if they want their children to wear a mask. Likewise, employees know their individual health needs and will be free to decide whether they wish to continue to wear a mask. Finally, please note that students will not be required to wear a mask on the school bus, but again parents have the option to decide that they would like their child to wear a mask when being transported to and from school. To be clear, no student, staff member, or visitor will not be penalized for exercising the option of continuing to wear a mask or facial covering.

 

Please be assured that we are not abandoning our ongoing safety protocols and procedures designed to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We will continue to adhere to the following protocols and procedures:

  • require all unvaccinated employees to test weekly
  • perform daily temperature checks
  • make weekly testing available to students at all of our schools
  • require a quarantine period for students and staff identified as necessary
  • require isolation for students and staff who test positive 
  • practice universal hygiene practices
  • continue to clean high use surfaces frequently
  • maintain social distance 
  • keep students in cohorts
  • students and staff will remain home if they feel ill with any of the Covid like symptoms, and
  • report all Covid cases to the Communicable Disease Reporting Surveillance System (CDRSS) and the district Covid Dashboard 

 

Students and staff who are immunocompromised or live with persons at high risk for Covid-19 illness should consider masking. Similarly, individuals who are concerned about disease transmission may wish to continue wearing a mask.

 

Students and employees will need to wear a mask after returning from isolation or quarantine as recommended by the school nurse, as well as students who become ill in school and are waiting to be picked up by a parent. 

 

Vaccinated students or staff who are identified as a close contact through contact tracing will need to wear a mask as recommended by the school nurse.

 

In the event that the District transmission level as measured by the CALI Report is high (orange or red) and based upon updated guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey Department of Health, and the CDC, we will consider the need to reinstitute mandatory universal masking. 

 

 

Finally, please be advised that the schools will continue to have masks available for students and staff that need them. 

 

In light of the continued drop in new cases and hospitalizations, we believe that we may responsibly end the universal mask mandate as of Monday, March 7th. However, with that being said, we continue to encourage parents of school-aged children 5 and over to vaccinate their children against COVID-19. 

 

Mask Optional Update 

 

 

Updated March 7, 2022

 

Dear Jersey City Public School Parents and Community: 

 

Please allow the information below, while continually evolving, to provide guidance and support regarding how our schools are prepared to operate as the school year progresses. The information on this page is based on Governor Murphy’s lifting of the mask mandate, Executive Order #253, recommendations from the New Jersey Department of Education, and the most current information from the NJ Department of Health and the CDC.  The District will continue to review Governor Murphy’s announcements and the New Jersey Department of Education's recommendations to adopt procedures and practices that mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and promote the health of students and staff.  

 

Students and families are encouraged to visit a JERSEY CITY COVID-19 TEST SITE for a location near their home at no cost.  Sites are open to all who live or work in Jersey City.   Unvaccinated “workers” are the only individuals mandated to test weekly under EO 253.  

 

Covid-19 Testing from the New Jersey Department of Health will be available at the schools for students with parental permission on a regular schedule beginning the week of January 18, 2022. Parents will need to register their students as directed by the particular school their child attends.  We ask for your patience as we embark on this new procedure that will keep our children healthier and present at school.  Once the testing is available at the schools, the District will develop a policy to keep students in school as long as they do not exhibit any Covid-19 like symptoms.

 

The chart below relies on guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health and the Jersey City Department of Health.   As such, all topics included on this page are subject to revisions based on State and/or local health COVID19 Activity Level Index (CALI) and executive order(s), and Administrative Code 18A 40-10.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Current information as of 2/7/22

Masks

Masks are optional for staff, students and visitors. If a student or a staff member is identified as a close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID, masking is required.

Social Distance

6 feet social distance

Instruction

A full day of classes

Field Trips

Limited 

Assemblies

Limited in-person programs

Cohorts

Structured groups for lunch and recess

Cleaning and Sanitizing Practices

Continue increased daily cleaning of all frequently touched areas and additional attention to areas where an individual was identified as testing positive for COVID-19 

Parents/Guardians and Staff

Must self-check for COVID-19 symptoms:

People with COVID-19 have a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Staff/Student Health Screening

Daily temperature screening of students and staff.  All students and staff with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and contact their doctor and the school nurse.

COVID-19 Positive students and staff

Isolation for 10 days for all who are experiencing symptoms or are asymptomatic (no symptoms). Medical clearance from the doctor is required for return to in-person school/work for all individuals who tested positive with or without symptoms and consultation with the School Nurse and/ or District Nurse for return to school/work prior to returning.

School setting guidelines are subject to change in the near future if the NJ Department of Health revises the regulations based on CDC guidelines.

Unvaccinated Student/Staff

Close Contact Quarantine 

Unvaccinated close contact to a positive individual:

Quarantine 5 full days from the last day of contact. Test on the 5th day. Monitor for fever (100.4 or greater), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms. If symptoms develop see a doctor.

For days 6-10: Must wear a mask. Continue to monitor for fever(100.4 or greater), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after their last day of exposure.

Limit participation in extracurricular activities to only those activities where masks can be worn consistently and correctly.

Unvaccinated family contacts of a Covid positive individual: 15 days of quarantine. If symptoms develop see a doctor.

Consultation with the School Nurse and/or District Nurse is required prior to return.

Quarantine after COVID-19 exposure for Fully Vaccinated Student/Staff

Fully Vaccinated students/staff who are identified as close contacts do not need to be quarantined but must test on the 5th day after the last day of contact with the positive individual. The staff member requires the wearing of a mask for 10 days from the last day of contact with the positive individual. If symptoms develop, consult a doctor and notify the School Nurse/ District Nurse.

(School setting guidelines are subject to change in the near future if the NJ Department of Health revises the regulations based on CDC guidelines).

Quarantine for Fully Vaccinated Student/Staff after domestic travel outside of NJ, NY, CT, PA, and DL or any international travel

Domestic Travel: No quarantine; contingent upon proof of full vaccination status. 

International Travel: students/staff may return to school and testing must be done within 3-5 days after returning to New Jersey.

Quarantine for Unvaccinated Student/Staff after domestic travel outside of NJ, NY, CT, and PA or any international travel

In the event a parent/guardian of a student provides proof to the school nurse confirming that the student, within seventy-two (72) hours of his/her return from traveling domestically, has obtained a negative COVID-19 test, the student shall be admitted to the school. The COVID-19 test shall be either an FDA-approved molecular (PCR, saliva, etc.) or antigen test. Any absence prior to the student's return to school with a negative COVID-19 test shall not be marked as unexcused.

Otherwise or if you traveled Internationally, test 3-5 days after returning to New Jersey. Quarantine for 7 days if test results are negative. If no testing is done, quarantine for 10 days.

 

 

Students/Staff with COVID-19 compatible symptoms in school

Based on the level of compatible symptoms, the School Nurse and/or Administration will advise staff or parent/guardian (for students) to seek medical clearance before return to work/school is granted.

COVID- 19 Tests

A PCR or antigen test that is lab certified is an allowable measure to trace COVID-19. Home test kits for COVID-19, which are not certified by a lab, are not permissible tests for return to school or work.

 

Instruction for quarantined students Identified as a Close Contact to a positive COVID-19 individual 

Virtual learning will be provided to an individual student, groups of students, or entire classes excluded from school due to quarantine for close contact exposure. Day 1 of virtual learning will be asynchronous.

Day 2 will begin live, virtual instruction. 

The JCPS will provide virtual learning during the quarantine only as per the Road Forward Regulations.

 

Instruction Due to Quarantine for

elective domestic travel outside NJ, NY, CT, PA, or any international travel

Quarantine days will be counted as a student absence/sick day. Asynchronous and/or Google Classroom assignments will need to be completed for credit.

 

 

School bus capacity

The buses will run at 75% capacity with a temperature screening before boarding and slightly open windows.  

 

The Jersey City Public Schools District is prepared to provide continuity of instruction in the event that schools are closed for an extended period of time.  Additionally, the District will ensure that students receive nutritious meals that can easily be picked up during the school closure as explained in the Jersey City Public Schools Remote Learning Plan for School Closures during the 2021-2022 school year. 

 

Additional information:

  • Students will wear the school uniform;
  • Students and staff will follow the rules for hand washing and respiratory etiquette;
  • Preschool students will eat in the classroom;
  • K-12 students will have a grab-and-go breakfast, 
  • Lunch will be served in the cafeteria with a staggered schedule;
  • Morning Stars and CASPER will be available for before and after-school care;
  • All extended day and extracurricular activities will be in place.
  • School principals will continue to provide information as the school year continues.
  • The schools will host virtual orientation meetings as often as necessary to allow for social distance.
  • Preschool parents will be permitted to accompany children to their classrooms on the first day of school to drop off, see the room and meet the staff in person.
  • Remote instruction would only be available to students during quarantine or closure and not as a long-term option for learning.

 

As described in the NJDOE August 11, 2021 Memo, virtual instruction will be provided under certain conditions when exclusion is directly related to COVID-19 infection and exposure. Elective travel does not fall under this provision. Please keep this in mind when you consider traveling outside of NJ, NY, CT, PA, DE, or international travel, as it will require a quarantine period for your child/children. 

 

The JCPS District’s goal is to provide high-quality instruction and support for our students and their families as we continue full-day in-person learning with the COVID-19 limitations. We will keep stakeholders informed as we navigate the Covid-19 related health concerns and the Governor’s mandates for educating our students. Your input and patience during this process have been crucial to our decision.

 

The COVID-19 Pandemic is a fluid situation and may require adjustments and changes with limited warning. Once again, we thank you for our continued partnership and look forward to a wonderful school year.  

 

Dr. Norma Fernandez

 

Acting Superintendent of Schools

 

 

 

Update December 30, 2021

 

JCPS Safe Return Plan Updated December 2021

 

and the 

 

Jersey City Public Schools Remote Learning Plan for School District Closure 2021-2022 

Introduction

The Jersey City Public Schools must be prepared to provide continuity of instruction in the event that schools are closed for an extended period. Additionally, the District must ensure that all students are provided nutritious meals that can easily be picked up during the school closure.

This document outlines the protocols the JCPS District will follow to provide access to devices, instruction, and meals to support students during remote learning.

 

The goal of the JCPS is to provide a 2:1 ratio for students to have a device to use in school and an additional device to use at home for remote instruction.

 

The JCPS District is working to meet this goal in the following ways:

 

  • The District has purchased Chromebooks for every student to ensure a 1:1 ratio.
  • To reach the 2:1 ratio, the District has ordered a second Chromebook for every student in grades Pre K-12. Once the JCPS District receives the delivery of the additional Chromebooks, they will be distributed to achieve the full implementation of the 2:1 ratio.
  • Emergency Broadband Benefit Program information was distributed to parents to assist in addressing the Internet network access divide. Families with free or reduced lunch status and those who saw their income reduced significantly during the Pandemic are eligible to apply. This benefit would allow for more reliable internet access than hotspots which have limited usage hours and are costly to replenish.
  • The District continues to provide hotspots to families requiring internet services.

Remote Instructional Day

To maintain the continuity of learning, students will retain their current full-day schedule. The length of the school day is in accordance with N.J.A.C.6A:32-8.3.

        • 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. for Pre K-8
        • 8:30 a.m. - 3:05 p.m. for high school

Each school will post their student schedules to individual school websites and teachers'   Google Classrooms (K-12) or CORAdvantage (Pre-K).

Each school will create a schedule to provide parents/guardians the opportunity to pick up the necessary student materials and devices for remote instruction.

Remote instruction will be asynchronous (off-screen) while the transition to synchronous (on-screen) remote instruction occurs. Asynchronous learning will not exceed three days.

Asynchronous remote instruction will transition to synchronous instruction once student materials and devices are distributed.

 

Asynchronous(off-screen)

Synchronous (on-screen)

Communication is through JCPSNJ email, Google Classroom, and/or COR Advantage (Pre-K).

Students are logged in virtually using the Google Meet link in Google Classroom (K-12) or COR Advantage (Pre-K).

Allows students to work at their own pace.

Allows for instant feedback and clarification.

Students can post their work once completed for teacher review and feedback.

Students can participate in the daily lesson and complete classwork in real-time.

 
 
  • According to the guidance provided by NJDOE, students in Pre-K will take part in synchronous instruction for a total of 1 hour (four 15 minute sessions). The Early Childhood Department will provide teachers with their schedules.
  • Teachers, paraprofessionals, and students in grades K-12 will continue to follow their regular full-day instructional schedule, remotely.
  • This includes all General Education and Special Education teachers, specialists(i.e., Art, Music, Physical Education, Library Media, World Language, Drama, etc.), ESL, counselors, and other related service providers(i.e., OT, PT, Speech, etc.).
  • Two 10-minute breaks should be included throughout the school day, as determined by school administrators.
  • The JerseyCity Public Schools Attendance Policy, as outlined in the Code of conduct, will continue to be in effect. In order to address the remote learners' attendance the following items will also be part of the attendance policy:
  • Attendance will be taken daily and recorded on Infinite Campus every day school is in session.
  • Students' cameras must remain on during a virtual session. Students may blur their backgrounds if needed.
  • As outlined in the JCPS Reopening Plan, remote learning is an extension of the classroom and therefore all students will adhere to the Student Code of Conduct when physically in the building or in a remote learning environment. This includes but is not limited to; dress code, use of technology, HIB, sexting, and other inappropriate uses of technology, academic integrity, etc. An addendum was made to indicate that students should wear uniforms while working remotely from home.
 

In the event of District School closure, the following extended day activities would continue remotely:

 

  •      MorningStars
  •      Casper
  •      ExtendedDayprograms (morning, afternoon, and Saturday)
  •      High School Sports may continue, in-person, depending on the circumstances

 

Students Access to Instructional Resources

  • Students are expected to have a district-issued device and the necessary instructional resources. Hotspots will be made available to any student who does not have internet access.
  • If the student does not have these resources, the school will be in contact to arrange for a safe pick-up of the necessary materials.
  • The Emergency Broadband Benefits an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford
  • internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please view instructions on how to access the program HERE.
 
 

Meal Service Distribution 

In the event of school closings due to a Covid-19 outbreak, the JCPS is committed to ensuring that all students up to age 18 are provided nutritious meals throughout the closure. Meal distribution sites will be set up at convenient l locations so parents/guardians can pick up breakfast and lunch within close proximity to their homes.

Meal Service will continue during remote instruction at the sites listed below. Families may pick up breakfast and lunch between11:00 a.m. and1:00 p.m.

 

The following students are eligible:

 

  • Children 18 years of age or younger enrolled in a JCPS/contracted childcare provider.
  • Adultsover18yearsofagewhoareenrolledinschoolprograms for persons with disabilities.
 
 

MEALS WILL BE SERVED AT EVERY JERSEY CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Ongoing Communication

The Jersey City Public School District will be utilizing the StraxAR app to enhance communication with parents, guardians, and the community. Please view instructions on how to download the app HERE. In addition, the district will continue to utilize the following platforms for communication:

District Website

  • Weekly Messages from Superintendent Walker
  • The information posted as needed to website newsfeed and linked to Social Media
  • District staff directory
  • StraxAR

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Blackboard Connect

  • Weekly messages from Superintendent Walker
  • Informational parent resources are posted
  • Board meetings via Facebook/Zoom

 

Individual School Websites

  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Blackboard Connect
  • Academic schedules are posted
  • Staff directories email and Google contact information
 

Additional Resources

School Nurses
  • During remote instruction, if your child becomes ill with Covid-19 or other illnesses, please email your child's school nurse.

 

School Counselors K-12 Resources

NJ Mental Health Resources

Elementary/Middle School Pacing Chart

High School Pacing Chart Mindfulness Lessons & Activities

SEL Reflection Proml)ts

 

 

Updated December 29, 2021

 

Dear Jersey City Public School Parents and Community: 

 

Please allow the information below, while continually evolving, to provide guidance and support regarding how our schools are prepared to operate as the school year progresses. The information on this page is based on Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #251 (reinstituting the mask mandate), Executive Order #253, recommendations from the New Jersey Department of Education, and the most current information from the NJ Department of Health.

 

 

Executive Order No. 253 and Board Policy 2260.3 approved on September 23 2021 requires that all covered workers shall either provide adequate proof that they have been fully vaccinated or submit to COVID-19 testing at a minimum of one to two times each week. All unvaccinated workers must weekly show proof of a negative Covid-19 test. 

 

Vaccinated staff and students are not required to test before returning to work or attending classes.  However, the District encourages all individuals who may have attended social gatherings to get tested to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  

 

 

JCPS COVID Dashboard

 

JCPS COVID Screening App Procedures for Staff and Students Flow Chart



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Updated November 28, 2021

 

Dear Jersey City Public School Parents and Community: 

 

Please allow the information below, while continually evolving, to provide guidance and support regarding how our schools are prepared to operate as the school year progresses. The information on this page is based on Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #251 (reinstituting the mask mandate), Executive Order #253, recommendations from the New Jersey Department of Education, and the NJ Department of Health.

 

The chart below relies on guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health and the Jersey City Department of Health.   As such, all topics included on this page are subject to revisions based on State and/or local health COVID19 Activity Level Index (CALI) and executive order(s).

 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child’s building principal. The JCPS District returned to a full day of in-person instruction for 2021-2022 as mandated by Governor Murphy on June 28, 2021, updating Executive Order 175.

 

Please review the guidelines in the Road Forward document posted on the NJDOE website. In accordance, the Jersey City Public School District has developed the Jersey City Public Schools Safe Return Plan that fully complies with the Governor’s mandates and guidelines. All students will be following a full-day schedule based on each student’s grade level.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Current information as of 10/19/2021

Masks

Required for all students, staff, and visitors indoor as per Executive Order 253

Social Distance

3 feet student to student

6 feet staff to staff or staff to student

Instruction

A full day of classes

Field Trips

Limited 

Assemblies

Limited 

Cohorts

Structured groups for lunch and recess

Cleaning and Sanitizing Practices

Continue as scheduled

Staff/Student Health Screening

Daily temperature screening and students and staff with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and contact their doctor and the school nurse.

COVID-19 Positive students and staff

Isolation for 10 days, 24 hours fever free on 10th day, and consultation with the school nurse for students and district nurse for staff

Quarantine after COVID as a close contact exposure Unvaccinated Student/Staff

14-day quarantine and monitor for symptoms. May return after the 14th day if no symptoms develop throughout quarantine.

Quarantine after COVID-19 exposure for Fully Vaccinated Student/Staff

No quarantine; fully vaccinated students/staff should monitor symptoms and notify their doctor if symptoms develop.

Quarantine for Fully Vaccinated Student/Staff after domestic travel outside of NJ, NY, CT, PA, and DL or any international travel

No quarantine; contingent upon proof of full vaccination status. For international travel, student/staff may return to school and testing must be done within 3-5 days after returning to New Jersey.

Quarantine for Unvaccinated Student/Staff after domestic travel outside of NJ, NY, CT, and PA or any international travel

In the event a parent/guardian of a student provides proof to the school nurse confirming that the student, within seventy-two (72) hours of his/her return from traveling domestically, has obtained a negative COVID-19 test, the student shall be admitted to the school. The COVID-19 test shall be either an FDA-approved molecular (PCR, saliva, etc.) or antigen test. Any absence prior to the student's return to school with a negative COVID-19 test shall not be marked as unexcused.

Otherwise, Test 3-5 days after returning to New Jersey. Quarantine for 7 days if test results are negative. If no testing is done, quarantine for 10 days.

Students/Staff with COVID-19 compatible symptoms in school

Based on the level of compatible symptoms, School Nurse and/or Administration will advise staff or parent/guardian (for students) to seek medical clearance before return to work/school is granted.

COVID- 19 Tests

A PCR or antigen test that is lab certified is an allowable measure to trace COVID-19. Home test kits for COVID-19, which are not certified by a lab, are not permissible tests for return to school or work.

Instruction for quarantined students Identified as a Close Contact to a positive COVID-19 individual 

Virtual learning will be provided to an individual student, groups of students, or entire classes excluded from school due to quarantine for close contact exposure. Day 1 of virtual learning will be asynchronous.

Day 2 will begin live, virtual instruction. 

The JCPS will provide virtual learning during the quarantine only as per the Road Forward Regulations.

Instruction Due to Quarantine for

elective domestic travel outside NJ, NY, CT, PA, or any international travel

Quarantine days will be counted as a student absence/sick day. Asynchronous and/or Google Classroom assignments will need to be completed for credit.

School bus capacity The buses will run at 75% capacity with a temperature screening before boarding and slightly open windows.  

 

Additional information:

  • Students will wear the school uniform;
  • Students and staff will follow the rules for hand washing and respiratory etiquette;
  • Preschool students will eat in the classroom;
  • K-12 students will have a grab-and-go breakfast, 
  • Lunch will be served in the cafeteria with a staggered schedule;
  • Morning Stars and CASPER will be available for before and after-school care;
  • All extended day and extracurricular activities will be in place.
  • School principals will continue to provide information as the school year continues.
  • The schools will host virtual orientation meetings as often as necessary to allow for social distance.
  • Preschool parents will be permitted to accompany children to their classrooms on the first day of school to drop off, see the room and meet the staff in person.
  • Remote instruction would only be available to students during quarantine or closure and not as a long-term option for learning.

 

As described in the NJDOE August 11, 2021 Memo, virtual instruction will be provided under certain conditions when exclusion is directly related to COVID-19 infection and exposure. Elective travel does not fall under this provision. Please keep this in mind when you consider traveling outside of NJ, NY, CT, PA, DE, or international travel, as it will require a quarantine period for your child/children. 

 

The JCPS District’s goal is to provide high-quality instruction and support for our students and their families as we return to full-day in-person learning. We will keep you informed as we navigate the Covid-19 related health concerns and the Governor’s mandates for educating our students. Your input and patience during this process have been crucial to our decision.

 

The COVID-19 Pandemic is a fluid situation and may require adjustments and changes with limited warning.

 

Once again, we thank you for our continued partnership and look forward to a wonderful school year.  

 

Franklin Walker

 

Superintendent of Schools 

 

 

September 14, 2021

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

In the District, all cases of COVID-19 are considered in close consultation between the District Nurse and the Jersey City Health and Human Services following the recommendations of the New Jersey Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. District staff have presented the guidelines during the Safe Return Committee Meetings, Parent Forum, and administrators' meetings and are currently posted to the district website. 

 

When illness occurs in the Jersey City Public Schools setting, children and staff with COVID-19 symptoms are separated away from others until they can be sent home regardless of vaccination and referred to a healthcare provider. 

 

The school/district nurse will ask ill students (or parents) and staff whether they have had potential exposure to COVID-19 in the past 14 days meeting the definition of close contact. According to the COVID-19 Exclusion Criteria in the Road Forward Health and Safety Guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year, the sick student or employee will be excluded. 

 

Then, the district nurse notifies the local health department and provides the specific details of the case as follows:

 

Possible close contact information for the ill person; 

The date the ill person developed symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19 (if known), and was last in the building; 

Types of interactions (close contacts, length of contact) the person may have had with other persons in the building or locations; 

Vaccination status of the ill person and the close contacts; 

Names, addresses, and telephone numbers for ill person's close contacts in the school; 

Regardless of vaccination status, if a student or staff experiences COVID-compatible symptoms, the nurse will direct them to isolate themselves from others and be clinically evaluated for COVID-19.

 

Every time an individual (student or employee) tests positive for the COVID-19 virus, the school principal receives a notification to share with staff and one to share with the parent of children in the building during a specific date. The letter does not identify the individual or any particular details. The school and/or district nurse will contact the individuals in their proximity to determine who is a "close contact." This practice has been in use since March 2020. 

 

The CDC defines an outbreak in a school setting as three or more laboratory-confirmed (by RT-PCR or antigen) COVID-19 cases among students or staff with onsets within a 14-day period, who are linked, do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during standard case investigation or contact tracing.

 

 

 

 

 

September 8, 2021

 

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

We know that last year was tough, but we’re excited to get back in the classroom this fall. We are committed to taking the steps necessary to help us have a safe return to school. As part of steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep our school open for in-person learning, we will offer a free COVID-19 Testing Program for students and staff at different schools in every area of The City.  Regular testing will help protect our students, staff, family members, and others who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 or are otherwise at risk of getting seriously sick from COVID-19.

Through this program, we will be able to identify COVID-19 cases quickly and early, which can help us stop an outbreak before it happens. The testing will help us keep students in the classroom and allow for students to take part in the school activities they love.

We are working with the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services and the New Jersey Department of Health. 

Who will be tested? 

We will offer Covid-19 testing to everyone—all students and staff—even if they don’t have symptoms of COVID-19. The only staff members that must submit to weekly testing are unvaccinated employees as per Executive Order 253.

Testing will be available for students and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19, even if vaccinated, or who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. 

As per Executive Order 253, all employees must either provide adequate proof that they are fully vaccinated or submit to COVID-19 testing at least once a week.  

What age group of students will be tested?

 

The COVID-19 testing program will be available to all students from PK 3 to 12th grade. 

 

If a parent refuses for their child to be tested, what are the consequences?

 

The Jersey City Public Schools will not impose consequences.  However, the screening program will identify cases that will protect them, family members, and others who are not vaccinated from getting seriously sick from the COVID-19 virus.



When will parents have to produce their child's vaccination card?  

 

At the present time vaccination is not mandated for students, but If your child has been vaccinated, please send the school nurse the proof of vaccination.  

 

Can parents present a picture of the vaccination card?

 

The JCPS encourages parents to use “Docket”  a new app from the NJ Department of Health that makes it easier for you and your family to access your COVID-19 vaccination record securely. 

If you don't have your vaccination card with you or you have lost it, you can easily access your record through the app to provide proof of COVID-19 immunizations as needed. The Docket app is now available in the App Store or on Google Play in English or Spanish, depending on Smartphone settings.



Additional Questions:

 

What is the time frame for phase 2 completion of installing air filters?  

 

The vendor installed the air filters in all the schools in phase I.  They are projecting that phase 2 will be finished towards the end of October due to the delays the company is experiencing in finding certified electricians to work.  

 

Do the air filters installed meet CDC standards based on square footage and the number of students in the room?

 

Yes, the AeroMax filters are recommended as 99.99% effective against coronavirus. An evaluation of all the facilities determined what schools needed the air filters and the size of the unit.

 

Can teachers and special class teachers move and students remain in the classrooms?  

 

Each school will adjust practices as much as possible for the safety of their students depending on the grade level, developmental stage, and content/subject matter.  Older students will also be responsible for using healthy habits that promote personal safety, such as wiping down their desks or using a desk shield.   

 

Can students bring in their own sneeze guards if the ones given out in school block their view?

 

Students can bring their own sneeze guards and use them in a manner that does not create a distraction or jeopardize the safety of others. 

 

Storm Ida strongly affected our area and caused boiler rooms and basements to flood.  The damage has been cleaned and in some instances, a few classrooms will be relocated as the repairs are being completed in accordance with regulations and the insurance company’s mandates. 



 

 

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