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September 3, 2021

NJ Program to Screen Unvaccinated Students

PPS recently completed a survey to opt in for receiving State COVID-19 screening testing support to initiate a program to screen our unvaccinated students. We will await further information from the state on next steps.  In the meantime, we will continue to explore options available to initiate a testing program when COVID-19 activity levels in our local community are in the moderate to very high range.

August 19, 2021

Dear Families and Staff,

We are looking forward to welcoming all families back on September 9. Princeton Public Schools is poised to implement the following mitigation strategies, all designed to keep the health and safety of our students and staff our top priority as we plan to welcome our students and staff back in September.

Here's a brief overview:

1.Regardless of vaccination status, Princeton Public Schools will require students and staff to wear masks while at school and while riding a school bus.

2. We will continue to require Daily Health Screening for students and staff.

3. We encourage everyone eligible to get the vaccination to prevent COVID-19. If you would like additional information on how to receive a vaccination, please click here.

4.The health and safety of our students and staff is our #1 priority.

Here are other precautions that will be in place when school starts on September 9:

Physical (Social) Distancing: We will make every effort to maintain as much distance as possible between students (at least 3 feet), understanding that classroom configuration, capacity, and class size may vary.

Cohorting: We will cohort students in our elementary schools as much as possible. However, starting this year, elementary students will be permitted to travel to special classrooms. Students will be allowed to participate in small group instruction and/or instruction in resource classrooms.

Ventilation and Air Quality Standards: We will remain diligent with regular maintenance of our controls to ensure that all systems are performing at optimum levels. Schools will be encouraged to open windows so that outdoor air will be circulated as much as possible. We will maintain tents at schools so that certain activities, including recess and snack breaks, may take place outdoors, when possible.

Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette: We will post reminders in schools for students and staff to practice handwashing and respiratory etiquette (covering coughs and sneezes) to keep from getting and spreading infectious illnesses, including COVID-19. Schools will monitor and reinforce these behaviors and provide adequate hand washing supplies, including hand soap and hand sanitizer. 

Cleaning and Disinfection: Princeton Public Schools custodians are trained and ready to do their part to keep all of our buildings safe and clean. In addition to performing their regular cleaning protocols, staff will disinfect high-touch surfaces. The full classroom disinfection process will be performed weekly, in accordance with CDC recommendations.

Contact Tracing, Isolation and Quarantine: Contact tracing, in combination with isolation and quarantine, is used by public health departments to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. In general, contact tracing involves identifying people who have a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 (cases) and people who they came in contact with (close contacts) and working with them to interrupt disease spread. This includes asking people with COVID-19 to isolate and their contacts to quarantine at home voluntarily. Our school nurses may help to initiate contact tracing, however, the local health department is the final authority on identifying close contacts and determining who is to be quarantined and for how long.

Travel Restrictions: Princeton Public Schools will follow the direction of the state regarding travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.

Please reference our FAQ for details on how long you must quarantine if you plan to travel prior to September 9.

Seating Charts: All schools will use seating charts for students to support contact tracing, when necessary.

Bus Safety (COVID-19) Precautions: Bus drivers will be encouraged to open windows so that outdoor air will be circulated on the bus, as much as possible. In addition to the seating charts, students in the same family will be cohorted together while riding the bus.

Further details will be shared as we get closer to September 9, and your school-specific safety protocols and procedures will be communicated by building principals. This will include (but is not limited to): plans for arrival and dismissal, transitions, lunch and recess,  and bathroom breaks.

Below are a few general guidelines for all Princeton Public Schools

Field Trips: Field trips (instructional) will remain virtual for now (at least through the Fall; we will revisit during the first marking period).

Lockers: To start the 2021-22 school year, students will not have access to hallway lockers or P.E. locker rooms. The district will revisit this strategy later in the school year, in consultation with school principals and the latest public health guidance. Athletes will have an area in the school to place their equipment.

Lunch: PPS will maintain at least 6 feet between students during lunch. The locations will vary by school and will be determined by principals based on space, seating, etc. Schools must use a seating chart to support contact tracing when needed. Students will remove their masks to consume lunch. School lunch will be available each day and is available to all students at no charge. 

Visitors and School Gatherings: PPS will continue to limit visitors and large gatherings inside our school buildings, at least for the beginning of the 2021-22 school year. The district maintains the ability to re-evaluate this mitigation as conditions warrant.

Remote instruction will only be available to students who are required to quarantine after exposure. We will ask parents to refer to the table below.

We plan to provide information about our procedures and planning on the website, along with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions about our protocols. This information will be regularly updated.

Stay healthy and we will see you soon!

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