Linda and Rudy Slucker Religious School COVID-19 Safety Protocols

(Revised January 9, 2022)

NOTE: Only students five years and older who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to attend religious school beginning February 2, 2022. Prior to that time, students must show proof that they are in the vaccination process (have at least one shot) to enter the building, provided they show results of a negative Rapid (Antigen) Test taken within an hour of their visit. Medical exemptions must be provided to and reviewed by Religious School Director, Mindy Schreff.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR RELIGIOUS SCHOOL STUDENTS:

  • When religious school resumes in 2022, in order to attend in person, your child must have had at least one shot in the process of becoming fully vaccinated.
  • Additionally, until your child is fully vaccinated, they must show results of a negative  rapid test taken no more than one hour prior to the start of each school day. 
  • By February 2, 2022, only religious school students (5+) who have been fully vaccinated and have uploaded proof of full vaccination to the TSTI congregant portal will be allowed to attend school. 

The Linda and Rudy Slucker Religious School Staff and Administration promise:

  • Everyone will be masked at all times on the premises.
  • Classes will meet in well-ventilated indoor spaces or outdoors, when possible.
  • All affected parties will be notified if there is a positive case in a class and appropriate arrangements will be made for continued learning.
  • Only students and staff will be allowed in the building while students are present.
  • Proper cleaning in all areas of the TSTI building.

When to Stay Home from School: 

  • Any child, teacher, or staff member (regardless of vaccination status) who is ill in any way or is showing any symptoms that may indicate a COVID-19 infection (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, or diarrhea) must stay home. 
  • Outside of our school, anyone who is not fully vaccinated and has been exposed to someone who has tested positive must stay home. That individual is considered “exposed” if they have been unmasked (for any period of time) and in the presence of someone up to 48 hours prior to that person’s positive test OR, regardless of masking, they have been in a classroom where someone has tested positive.
  • If anyone in one of our classrooms (teacher, staff, students) tests positive, anyone not fully vaccinated must stay home. In this case, the Religious School Director will determine how instruction will be provided.
  • Any child or unvaccinated person who has been asked to quarantine by another school, club, or organization should notify us immediately and stay home.
  • If any unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated student tests positive for Covid-19, please stay home and inform the Religious School Director.

How to Return to School:

A not fully vaccinated student, teacher, or staff member who has been exposed, with or without a mask, up to 48 hours prior to someone testing positive, in any location (regular school, dance class, sports practice, etc.), must quarantine for at least seven days from the date of the last exposure. The student may return on day eight, only if they receive a negative PCR or Rapid Test on day five or six. This is in keeping with the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s policy update of January 7, 2022.

A not fully vaccinated student, teacher or staff member who has traveled outside of NJ, NY, PA, CT or DE  must quarantine upon return. Quarantine may be seven full days if the student tests negative on days 3, 4, or 5 after returning from travel. (A PCR test is preferred and must be used if you have any symptoms.) Quarantine must be ten days if no testing is done.  This policy is in keeping with the South Orange-Maplewood and West Orange school districts.

A fully vaccinated student who travels domestically or internationally does not need to quarantine upon return unless they exhibit any Covid symptoms. 

Any child, teacher or staff member (regardless of vaccination status) showing any symptoms that may indicate a COVID-19 infection (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, or diarrhea) may not return until the following criteria have been met:

Twenty-four hours being symptom-free without fever-reducing medication AND with physician documentation of negative COVID-19 PCR test results. While rapid tests are helpful because results are given quickly, they are not as accurate as PCR tests, results of which are usually received a few days after the test is administered. Because the PCR test is more accurate, we require a negative PCR test to return to school. A copy of the document stating the results should be sent to the Religious School Director.

OR

10 days have passed since symptom onset AND individuals are at least 24 hours fever-free without medication AND have improved symptoms.

OR

They may return to school prior to the 10-day exclusion period if a physician establishes an approved alternative diagnosis. Parents must submit a return to school letter from their physician to the Religious School.