NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Board of Education and Superintendent, Kennedy Greene put out a letter to the parents and students of the Newton school district, announcing the decision to move back to hybrid instruction beginning next Monday, January 25.

“The community health outlook is improving from last week’s ‘severe outbreak’ status,” according to Greene. “While cases remain very high, they have begun to decrease as expected after the holiday surge. Similar reductions are being seen in the county’s infection rate, positive test rate and COVID-19 hospitalizations.”

The students will be following the same schedule in place prior to November 20, 2020, when the school first moved to fully remote instruction.

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The district is asking all those who received the letter to review the key health and safety standards with their family members. The items come directly from the district Restart and Recovery Plan.

  • Staff and students should stay home when they are sick.
  • Staff and students must stay home if they tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If a child has a temperature of 100.0 Fahrenheit or greater, he/she must remain out of school for a minimum of three days but will be able to participate in remote instruction.
  • Staff, students and visitors are required to wear cloth face coverings indoors and in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not possible, unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health or the individual is under two years old.
    • Cloth coverings must fully cover the nose and mouth and be secured under the chin,
    • Cloth coverings must fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face,
    • Cloth coverings must be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Daily health screenings will be conducted upon entry into the school through temperature reading and symptom checking of staff and students,
  • Staff and students should notify the school nurse if they become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case,
  • Students and staff should stay home if anyone in the household is being tested for COVID-19 due to illness until a negative test result is received
  • If students or staff have traveled outside the immediate region -New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware- they should quarantine for 10 days before returning to school

The Newton Board of Education plans to update their Restart and Recovery Plan at their next meeting, on Tuesday, January 26 which will be at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

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