Health & Safety Information

NJDOE Restart & Recovery Plan: Road Back 2021-2022

2021-22 Ocean City School District COVID-19 Dashboard*

Building

Positive

Close Contact

High School

17

17

Intermediate School  

3

9

Primary School

4

4

Last Updated: 9/23/2021

*Totals since 8/28/2021

Healthy and Safety Measures in Place:

CDC: School Decision Tree

CDC: Hygiene Practices

CDC: Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

CDC: People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness

As mentioned in previous communications, the CDC said close contact means spending a solid 15 minutes within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for coronavirus. The CDC changed it to a total of 15 minutes or more — so shorter but repeated contacts that add up to 15 minutes over a 24-hour period now count.

The district will work to keep 6 feet of social distance where possible, particularly at lunch, but in some classes, students may be spaced closer to 3 feet apart. The schools will work on room modifications to possibly increase space between students and staff.

Please know that all students will wear masks and face forward. The Intermediate School will have plexiglass barriers around their desks. We will monitor many factors to determine when we can take the next step to have High School students eat lunch in school.

  • A pivotal study was released in Infectious Diseases Society of America examining Massachusetts statewide K-12 and staff COVID-19 case rates. Data and study results show that lower physical distancing policies can be adopted in school settings with masking mandates without negatively impacting student or staff safety.
  • As a district that prioritizes mental health, we aim to provide our students with a more familiar routine, as we know that the consistency and reliability that come with a routine are key for mental health and wellness.
  • At the federal level, there is a strong directive that our schools should be prioritized for reopening as the number of vaccinated Americans rises and COVID-19 cases decline.

We must continue to remain flexible to adjust to the possibility of rising cases of COVID-19 in our schools and/or community. That may include targeted closings for periods of recommended quarantines. Therefore, it is imperative that we continue to follow health and safety guidelines to protect ourselves against the virus.

A close contact is anyone within 6 feet of distance for 15 minutes or more of someone who has symptom(s) or tested positive. 

Standard health protocols have not changed.

  • Do not enter any facility if you have a cough or fever.
  • Access to schools will be limited to students and staff as much as possible.
  • Maintain a minimum six-foot distance from other people when possible.
  • Wear a face covering. Disposable facemasks are available upon request.
  • Do not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact.

OCSD will continue to conduct regular screening and ongoing monitoring throughout each school day to help reduce exposure. Staff and student’s families will be encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms, which may include a fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss/change of taste or smell, sore throat congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. If a student develops symptoms throughout the day, he/she must notify an adult immediately. If a staff member develops symptoms throughout the day, he/she must notify their supervisor immediately. In the event that a student/staff member is running a fever, he/she will be isolated and sent home.  A student who is sick must be promptly picked up.

Student and staff, who become ill, are encouraged to seek treatment and consult with their personal healthcare provider or the Cape May County Health Department.

The most critical tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 is for any student or staff member, who is ill or who has been exposed to someone confirmed to have COVID-19, to not attend work/school. The School District will follow the directions of the Cape May County Health Department and CDC guidelines when a staff member or a student, tests positive for COVID-19 and when he/she may return to school or work.

If a case of COVID-19 is confirmed for a staff member or a student, school personnel will communicate immediately to and collaborate with the Cape May County Health Department. Responses will be dictated by the specific nature of each case. School personnel will also communicate to the students and families as needed. The School District will follow all relevant student and health privacy laws when making disclosure for contact tracing and for notification to staff and families.

The School District will provide reasonable accommodations for staff and students in accordance at higher risk for severe illness and promote behaviors that reduce spread, such as social distancing, frequent hand washing, and the use of face coverings in accordance with best practices and applicable Board Policies. 

According to CDC Guidelines, individuals considered high-risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 include those with chronic complications including:

  • Chronic lung diseases or moderate to severe asthma 
  • Heart disease with complications 
  • Compromised immune system 
  • Other underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as diabetes, renal failure or liver disease  

*This list is by no means exhaustive or comprehensive. Please consult with your physician

Please refer to the CDC documentation about people who are at increased risk for severe illness.