Health and Safety Update

Health and Safety Update
Posted on 03/19/2021
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Health and Safety Update

March 19, 2021

As we approach the start of spring and crest the one-year mark since the onset of the pandemic, it is important that we pause in thanks and appreciation of our school community. Thank you to our families, students and staff for your steadfast support and flexibility this past year. WW-P is filled with so many caring and compassionate staff and community members. This past year has been very difficult as the original closing extended into the summer and we returned to an unconventional school year with hybrid and virtual learning. Yet through the challenges, our students and staff have continued to find pathways to engage in the learning process. My deepest appreciation to you all for continuing to make WW-P such a phenomenal learning community.   

Below please find updates on several topics.

Code Orange: Recent news of downward trends in positive COVID cases was reversed this week as Central West (Mercer County) reverted to Code Orange (high activity level). Central East (Middlesex County) has continued to remain at Code Orange for several months. As we are a two county school system, we have always followed the higher level of guidance so this increase in level does not affect school operations. However, please consider the rise in cases as a warning in ensuring our collective commitment to health and safety protocols. While COVID-19 cases have decreased from earlier highs in the late fall and winter, the virus is very much present in our state as we are averaging over 3,000 COVID-19 cases a day in New Jersey.

Survey Results: Thank you to the more than 6,500 parents and guardians who completed a survey before the March 14 deadline. The District administration has been reviewing the 1,585 change requests to All-In instruction. Please know that this survey was for data collection purposes only and while there was no representation or guarantee that such requests could be granted, we are optimistic that the vast majority of requests will be able to be accommodated. I anticipate an announcement to families by building administrators before spring break. Further, affecting our determinations around social distancing is this morning’s release of revised guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the social distancing requirements in classrooms. The revised CDC guidance says most students can now sit 3 feet apart instead of 6 feet as long as they are wearing masks. However, the CDC continues to recommend 6 feet social distancing in common areas, when eating, during indoor activities (e.g., band practice and sports), and in settings outside of the classroom. Anticipating this possible update, the District has secured additional PPE and classroom air purifiers to ensure that we are able to accommodate additional students on school grounds. More specific details will be forthcoming. Thank you for your patience during this process.

April 5: Our current school calendar has one “Emergency Closing Day” remaining, currently designated for April 5, 2021. Unless there is a weather-related emergency, we anticipate that April 5, currently represented on our calendar as “Emergency Closing Day #3,” will be a school closure day.  


Updated Health Data as of March 19, 2021 (since March 5, 2021)

  • 2 – Number of WW-P staff members with positive COVID-19 results (1 administrator and 1 support staff)  

  • 1 – Number of contracted staff members that work in WW-P on a daily basis with positive COVID-19 results (contracted staff include custodians, food service, security, and bus drivers)

  • 11 – Number of WW-P staff members in quarantine and/or isolation

  • 4 – Number of contracted staff members that work in WW-P currently in quarantine and/or isolation

  • 5 – Number of WW-P students with positive COVID-19 results

  • 94 – Number of WW-P students in quarantine and/or isolation

    • Reasons for quarantine and/or isolation include:

      • Staff and students who identify symptoms on the Daily Health Screening form (questions from the NJ Department of Health)

      • Staff and students who have been in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more during a 24 period) of a COVID-19 positive individual

      • Staff and students who have a household member who is exhibiting COVID symptoms

      • Staff and students who have traveled from a state on the NJ Travel Advisory List

      • Staff and students who have traveled internationally

HEALTH PROTOCOLS

WW-P Schools have implemented health protocols as informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Jersey Department of Health. When implemented with fidelity, the protocols work to limit possible exposure and spread of COVID-19. There are several critical components to our protocols and they include: 

  1. Completion of a Daily Health Screening form.

  2. Social distancing of at least six feet.

  3. Limited direct exposure within six (6) feet for more than fifteen (15) minutes during a (24) twenty-four hour period.

  4. Wearing of masks.

  5. Proper handwashing.

  6. Set-up of classrooms that limits contact between staff and students.

  7. High frequency cleaning.

  8. Practice good hand hygiene. Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer.

  9. Daily temperature checks.

  10. Hallways and restrooms are cleaned and disinfected daily.

  11. All classrooms, offices, and high touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected daily.

RESOURCES

Please continue to follow the health protocols that serve to keep your family and the families of West Windsor and Plainsboro safe.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Aderhold

Superintendent of Schools



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