There are two COVID-19 call centers:
1) 1-800-962-1253: For health-related and clinical issues, such as when to seek medical attention and proper steps to take if exposed
2) 211: For information about how to stay safe, financial assistance, unemployment, donations, food, and other non-medical needs
3) COVID19.nj.gov website: Testing sites, case counts by county, and other resources
Frequently asked Questions
What is the difference between Isolation and Quarantine?
(Two different Timeframes)
Isolation: For People Who are Ill, 10 days
Isolation refers to the separation of persons who have a specific infectious illness from those who are healthy and the restriction of their movement to stop the spread of that illness. Isolation allows for the focused delivery of specialized health care to people who are ill, and it protects healthy people from getting sick. People in isolation may be cared for in their homes, in hospitals, or designated healthcare facilities. In most cases, isolation is voluntary; however, many levels of government (federal, state, and local) have basic authority to compel the isolation of sick people to protect the public.
Quarantine: For People Who have been Exposed but are not Ill, 14 days
Quarantine refers to the separation and restriction of movement of persons who, while not yet ill, have been exposed to an infectious agent and therefore may become infectious. Quarantine of exposed persons is a public health strategy, like isolation, that is intended to stop the spread of infectious disease. Quarantine is medically very effective in protecting the public from disease.
States generally have the authority to declare and enforce quarantine within their borders. This authority varies widely from state to state, depending on state laws. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through its Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, also is empowered to detain, medically examine, or conditionally release persons suspected of carrying certain communicable diseases. This authority derives from section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 264), as amended.
What are the Signs & Symptoms of Covid -19?
*Siblings of a student who has symptoms and meets COVID-19 Exclusion Criteria will be excluded from school until the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result. If the symptomatic individual tests positive, the sibling will need to self-quarantine.
**Students who exhibit TWO or more symptoms:
- will be excluded for 10 days from the start of symptoms, fever-free x 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, and improvement of symptoms. Unless they are seen by a healthcare provider and they have an alternate diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test. Must show documentation.
*If your child has ONE of the following symptoms:
- A new-onset cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition.
-Shortness of breath.
-The new loss of taste or smell.
They will be excluded for 10 days from the start of symptoms, fever-free x 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and improvement of symptoms. Unless they are seen by a health care provider and they have an alternate diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test. Must show documentation.
* Students who only have a fever with no other symptoms are excluded for 24 hours fever free without fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved.* Per Health Department, siblings of a student who has symptoms should be excluded from school until the symtpomatic individual receives a negative test result.* Per Health Department, if someone in the household is being tested for COVID-19 due to illness, students should also stay home until the test results are received.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 in children are fever and cough.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in adults and children and can look like other common illnesses, like colds, strep throat, or allergies. The overlap between COVID-19 symptoms and other common illnesses means that many people with symptoms of COVID-19 may actually be ill with something else. This is even more likely in young children, who typically have multiple viral illnesses each year. There is a wide range of symptoms mild-severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 in children are fever and cough, but children may have any of these signs or symptoms of COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Nasal congestion or runny nose
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle or body aches
- Poor appetite or poor feeding, especially in babies under 1-year-old
What you can doMonitor your child for COVID-19 symptoms every day
Pay particular attention to:
Keep track of who your child comes into close contact with*Close Contact: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
- Fever (temperature 100.4 °F or higher)
- Sore throat
- New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for a child with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, see if there is a change from their usual cough)
- Diarrhea, vomiting, or stomachache
- New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
If your child or you were around someone who has COVID-19, someone from the health department may contact you for contact tracing. Speak with them and follow their advice.Take precautions to protect your child if you are sick with COVID-19
If you are sick with COVID-19, you can take precautions to help prevent spreading the virus to your child and others.Keep your child home and call their healthcare provider if your child gets sick
If your child has symptoms and may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 or has been in an area where the virus is spreading,
- Keep your child home
- Call your child’s healthcare provider to discuss whether your child needs to be evaluated or tested for COVID-19. If you suspect that your child or someone they know has COVID-19 or has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19, visit the Coronavirus self-checker. This online tool will help you decide when to seek testing or medical care for your child.
- Protect yourself from COVID-19 while caring for your child
- Notify your child’s school that your child is sick. Also inform the school if your child has had a COVID-19 test and what the result is, if available.
How do I report a Covid-19 test result to the district?
If anyone in the school or a student or staff’s household tests positive for Covid-19, this needs to be self-reported to the district immediately. The families should call 609-298-2037 ext 2010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or their building principal immediately.
- Review your child’s school (or other childcare facilities) policies related to when a child who has been sick can return
- Bring your child back to school or other in-person activities only after they can safely be around others
If your child is sick but a healthcare provider tells you that your child doesn’t have COVID-19, your child may still need to stay home for some time. Before bringing your child back to school or other in-person activities, discuss your child’s illness with their healthcare provider and review your child’s school (or other childcare facilities) policies related to when a child who has been sick can return.In a medical emergency, call 911 or bring your child to the emergency department.
Do not delay seeking emergency care for your child because you are worried about the spread of COVID-19. Emergency departments have infection prevention plans to protect you and your child from getting sick with COVID-19 if your child needs emergency care.
If your child is showing any of these emergency warning signs, seek emergency medical care immediately.
- Trouble breathing
- Pain or pressure in the chest that doesn’t go away
- New confusion
- Can’t wake up or stay awake when not tired
- Bluish lips or face
This list does not include all possible symptoms.
Call your child’s healthcare provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Limitations of Symptom Screenings as Part of a School Reopening Strategy
- Symptom screenings will fail to identify some students who have SARS-CoV-2 infection. Symptom screenings do not help identify individuals with SARS-CoV-2 infection who are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic (they have not developed signs or symptoms yet but will later). Others may have symptoms that are so mild, they may not notice them. In fact, children are more likely than adults to be asymptomatic or to have only mild symptoms. The exact percentage of children with SARS-COV-2 infection who are asymptomatic is still unknown, but recent large studies have suggested that around 16% of children with SARS-CoV-2 infection do not develop symptoms. This means that even when schools have symptom screenings in place, some students with SARS-CoV-2 infection, who can potentially transmit the virus to others, will not be identified.
- Symptom screenings will identify only that a person may have an illness, not that the illness is COVID-19. Many of the symptoms of COVID-19 are also common in other childhood illnesses like the common cold, the flu, or seasonal allergies. The table below illustrates some of the overlaps between the symptoms of COVID-19 and other common illnesses.
Table. Many symptoms of COVID-19 are also present in common illnesses
Symptoms of COVID-19 Strep Throat Common Cold Flu Asthma Seasonal Allergies Fever or chills X X Cough X X X X Sore throat X X X X Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing X Fatigue X X X X Nausea or Vomiting X X Diarrhea X X Congestion or Runny Nose X X X Muscle or body aches X X X
Why is a Face Covering needed (Face Mask)?
Wearing face coverings is an important step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with everyday preventive actions and social distancing in public settings. CDC suggests that all school reopening plans address adherence to behaviors that prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Face coverings must be worn by staff, students, and visitors in all situations except as delineated in Executive Order 175. This includes before boarding the school bus, while on the bus, and until they are completely off the bus.
**Students should have an extra face mask in school in case the one they came to school with becomes damaged, lost, or soiled. **
Wear your Mask Correctly
- The CDC recommends that students and staff wear cloth face coverings in school.
- Cloth face coverings should be washed after every day of use and/or before being used again, or if visibly soiled or damp/wet.
- Disposable face masks should be changed daily or when visibly soiled, damp, or damaged.
Where can I go to be tested?The Burlington County Health Department has a list of local testing sites. Please click here to review the sites.TravelIf you have traveled to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, stay home for 14 days from the time you left the area and avoid contact with others. Please make the school aware.Covid 19 VaccinationThe Govenor announced that New Jersey hopes to receive the first shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in December.We encourage you to download the COVID-19 Alert NJ App to assist with exposure notifications.With guidance from the local health department, schools will be responsible for notifying parents/guardians and staff of the close contact exposure and exclusion requirements while maintaining confidentiality.The local health department contact tracing team will notify and interview the close contacts identified by the school and reinforce exclusion requirements.We will be updating this site periodically, please let us know if you have any questions and or concerns. The information we share comes directly from the CDC and the local health department.Yours in Good Health,Grace Porrini RN (MTES) & Tara Kowalczyk RN (JH)
- Wash your hands before putting on your mask
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
- Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
- Make sure you can breathe easily
- CDC does not recommend the use of masks or cloth masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent