September 2021-22

Reopening Plans

The information below reflects NVRHS's tentative plans for reopening its schools in September 2021. These plans have been developed collaboratively by the district Restart Committee using requirements, guidance, and recommendations put forth by the New Jersey Department of Education and New Jersey Department of Health. Related documents, such as guidance regarding reopening schools released in July 2021 by the NJDOE ("The Road Forward"), can be found under the "More" tab in the top menu bar.

These plans are continuously being reassessed and refined based on the evolving landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, the needs of our school community, and updated guidance from the state of New Jersey that better enables us to provide our students with an exemplary education while keeping them safe. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that any aspect of this plan may change at any time.

2021-22 Bell Schedule

The 2021-22 school year will open with an updated version of our traditional rotate-and-drop bell schedule.

All students will be expected to come into school every day, aside from exclusions such as exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

One of the most widely shared pieces of feedback regarding the changes implemented during the 2020-21 school year has been the value of a later start time for students. The value of a later start time has also been recognized by the state of NJ, and by empirical research on the importance of sleep for adolescents and young adults.

The 2021-22 school year bell schedule reflects this positive change in the form of an 8:00 am first-period start time.

It should be noted that changes to arrival and check-in times may occur in light of changes to our screening procedures, depending on updated guidance from the state as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.

Students and staff can make their own copy of the schedule matrix (pictured to the left) in Google Docs by clicking here when signed into their school Google Drive accounts.

Screening

Beginning in September 2021, parents will still be required to screen their children for symptoms of COVID-19 each morning before school. However, parents will not be required to submit a daily screening form via Genesis as was the case during the 2020-21 school year. Instead, parents will be asked to attest to these screening procedures via Genesis several times throughout the school year.

Similarly, while staff will be required to screen themselves daily before school, they will not be required to submit a daily screening form via Genesis as was the case during the 2020-21 school year.

The quarterly COVID-19 Attestation form can be found accessed via Genesis. This form will require parents and staff members to attest to the following:

  1. The individual will stay home when ill and report if the individual is experiencing TWO symptoms including fever, chills, rigors, muscle aches, headache, sore throat diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, runny nose/congestion or ONE of difficulty breathing, new loss of taste/smell, cough, shortness of breath.

  2. The individual will report any close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19 if the individual is unvaccinated or have not had COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

  3. The individual will stay home and report when someone in the household is diagnosed with Covid-19, being tested for COVID-19 or have Covid-19 compatible symptoms provided the individual is unvaccinated or have not had COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

  4. The individual will report domestic travel longer than 24 hours, if the individual is unvaccinated or has not had COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

  5. The individual will report international travel if the individual is unvaccinated or has not had COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

Parents will report a change in status (i.e. symptoms, travel, close contact) to the nurse.

Staff will report a change in status (i.e. symptoms, travel, close contact) to the nurse and their supervisor.

Temperatures will no longer be taken upon entering the building, however free-standing thermometers will remain accessible for individuals to utilize at their discretion.

Masking

Over the course of the summer months of 2021, conflicting guidance has been offered by a variety of institutions and individuals, ranging from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the governor. As has been the case since the onset of the pandemic, NVRHS will continue to adhere to the requirements of, and prioritize guidance received from, the NJDOE and NJDOH.

At this time, to remain in compliance with the directive communicated by Governor Murphy on August 6, 2021, all students and staff will be required to wear masks indoors when returning to school in September of 2021. Additional details can be found here.

As is the case with all other aspects of this plan, this masking requirement may evolve as we continue to receive updated guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education and Department of Health.

Lunch

In order to maximize physical distancing during the lunch block, multiple spaces for eating lunch will be made available to students at the onset of the school year. This includes the cafeterias, gymnasiums, and outdoor spaces with tents and tables.

Additionally, both seniors and juniors will have privileges to leave campus for lunch during the lunch block.

Regarding food services offered to students by Pomptonian:

  • Service lines inside the cafeteria and in the gym will return with a daily menu of lunches, drinks and a la carte snacks for purchase.

  • Deli Bars will offer a variety of Pre-Made sandwiches

  • Any “self-serve” items like Pizza or Whole Fruits will be sealed or in containers to prevent students from touching ready to eat foods. Pomptonian Staff will serve anything not in a container.

  • Vending machines will be restocked and accessible for students

  • An after-school cafeteria line will be available for students after the dismissal bell for select grab-and-go meals and snacks

Physical Distancing

In September 2021, students and staff will maintain at least three feet of physical distance from other individuals whenever masked indoors, and maintain at least six feet of physical distance from other individuals when unmasked (when eating or drinking, or participating in rigorous physical activities), to the extent possible.

Given the size of our classrooms and the number of students in our classes, maintaining appropriate physical distance will not require the use of cohorts or spillover rooms.

In the event that the physical distancing requirement is increased to six feet by the state, it is possible that the aforementioned measures (cohorts, spill-over rooms) may have to be reinstated as was the case in the 2020-21 school year.

Virtual and Remote Learning

As there is no "remote learning option" in the 2021-22 school year, the use of virtual and remote learning will be limited to the following scenarios:

  • In the event of students who have COVID-19 compatible symptoms

  • In the event of students who test positive for COVID-19

  • In the event of students who are close contacts of students or staff who tested positive for COVID-19

  • In the event of having to quarantine after travel

In any of the aforementioned scenarios, students will receive Zoom links from their teachers {after administrative approval and communication via attendance code such as remote instruction allowed (RIA)} in order to remotely connect to and "live stream" into their classes in real-time. Students who are excluded from school for the aforementioned reasons and who do not join their classes via Zoom will be marked absent. Please note, since virtual instruction is not occurring every day, there may be a one day delay before a Zoom link is able to be made available.

Virtual and remote learning via Zoom will not be used in the event of traditional student absences. This means that if a student is home sick, and does not qualify for administrative approval, he or she will be marked absent and must make up his or her work as instructed by his or her teachers.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Before the start of the school year, we are asking parents/guardians of students who have been fully vaccinated to verify COVID-19 Vaccination using this form in Genesis.

The purpose of collecting this information is for contact tracing and quarantining purposes. For example, at the time of this writing, individuals that are fully vaccinated and are exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or who travel, are not required to quarantine unless they present symptoms.

Additionally, on August 23, 2021, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 253, requiring all preschool to Grade 12 school personnel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021 or be subject to COVID-19 testing at minimum one to two times per week. This requirement will strengthen protections against the spread of COVID-19, including the highly transmissible Delta variant, to children in school settings.

September 2020 / September 2021 Comparison

NVRHS School District Reopening 2021/22 Comparison Chart