• Mountainside School District COVID Protocols

    • Masks are no longer required in school. Students/Staff can choose if they want to wear one.
    • Masking WILL still be necessary in the following circumstances:
      • Students returning on days 6-10 of isolation (after testing positive) or test negative on day 7 and on day 9 then can no longer wear a mask.
      • Students who are exhibiting symptoms will need to wear a mask in the nurse’s office while waiting to be picked up
      • Masking is highly recommended for 10 days after last contact with a COVID positive person regardless or vaccination status
    • During periods of low community transmission (green), students and staff with COVID-19 compatible symptoms who are not tested and do not have a known COVID-19 exposure may follow the NJDOH School Exclusion List to determine when they may return to school.
    • During periods of moderate or high (yellow/red), exclusion from school will be enforced for individuals, regardless of vaccination status, who present with COVID-19 compatible symptoms. TWO of the following: fever, chills, shivers, fatigue, body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea OR ONE of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and new loss of taste or smell. A negative COVID test will be required before they return to school. Home tests are only accepted if 2 tests are done 24 hours apart. Rapid tests done by a healthcare provider are acceptable.
    • Regardless of vaccination status, students who test positive or have compatible symptoms and have not been tested should:
      • Stay home for 5 days after the onset of symptoms or if asymptomatic after the positive test. They can return to school on day 6 if symptoms have resolved and are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication. They will need to remain masked for days 6-10.
    • If your child had an exposure or has tested positive for COVID- 19 regardless of vaccination status, please notify the school nurse.
    • If your child is awaiting COVID – 19 test result they must stay home
    • The Mountainside School District receives our guidance from the NJ Department of Health and the Westfield Regional Health Department.