NB'S Safe Return for the 2021-2022 School Year
February 17, 2022
Dear Parents and Faculty:
Throughout the pandemic, we have worked hard to offer the most effective learning experiences for all our students while providing a safe and healthy environment for everyone who enters our schools. Since the start of the pandemic, we have closely monitored active cases in the region, along with additional data specific to our schools. As the data changed, we remained flexible with protocols to manage what we believed to be ‘best practices’ for our faculty and our students.
Throughout the month of January 2022, we have tracked a significant reduction in active cases among our faculty and our students. These data are available on our district web page for your review. In addition, we have tracked a significant reduction of active cases in our communities as well. With these data as a guide, the Board of Education has revised the “Road Forward” plan at its February 16th board meeting to reflect the following:
• The district will no longer contact trace positive cases of COVID-19. Therefore, in-school close contacts will no longer be identified, and there will be no quarantine for in-school contacts.
• This change is limited to in-school close contacts and does not affect close contacts occurring outside of school. Therefore, household close contacts and those individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will still be required to follow the quarantine time recommended by the Burlington County Department of Health.
In addition, during the weeks ahead, we will continue to monitor data and adjust protocols as appropriate. For example, with the region’s activity level having moved from “high” to “moderate” restrictions on classroom seating will be relaxed when we return from Presidents’ weekend.
Finally, as mentioned in the Principals’ Bulletins last week, please be reminded that when the mask mandate officially expires on March 7, 2022, NB will not require students, faculty, and visitors to wear face coverings. NB will support and implement the “optional” use of face coverings while in school buildings. Parents who wish their child to not wear a mask simply need to communicate this to the child. Parents who wish their child to continue to wear a mask may do so; if you need any support in this endeavor, please feel free to contact your child’s counselor.
James Sarruda, Ed. D.