Reopening with Care:
Moving Forward 2021-2022
Frequently Asked Questions
In-School Screenings & Precautions
Will PPS use the Daily Screening Form this year?
Staff and students should be symptom-free when they arrive at school and must fill out the Daily Screening Form in PowerSchool, ideally before school starts every morning.
Will masks be worn at school?
Yes, masks will be worn by all students and staff under the Governor’s Executive Order 251 and should fully cover the nose and mouth. District-supplied masks will only be available when a student’s mask is lost, wet, or unwearable. We welcome mask donations.
Will there be mask breaks during the school day?
Absolutely. Schools will share specifics with parents and students soon.
Will masks be required outdoors?
In alignment with state guidelines, if students are six feet apart outdoors, masks are not required.
What are the procedures for the bus?
Students will be wearing a mask when boarding the bus, have assigned seats, and be distanced as much as possible unless they are siblings or members of the same family. Bus windows will be open for fresh air and ventilation.
Will there be social distancing during lunch?
Yes. PPS schools are adjusting lunch schedules and utilizing some outdoor seating options to allow for social distancing during lunch periods.
Is lunch free this year for all students?
Yes, free lunch is available for all students nationwide regardless of income, need, or other defining characteristics.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved funding to offer all students breakfast and lunch at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year regardless of eligibility status. Qualifying for free or reduced-price meals may provide your family with additional benefits such as P-EBT funding, reduced rates for sports, and potential free college applications, so please be sure to fill out a free application if you are potentially eligible.
Will the district be mandating vaccinations?
We encourage everyone eligible to seek vaccination, but PPS is not mandating vaccinations.
Has any information been shared with the schools on when a vaccine will be available for children under 12 years old? What about booster shots?
Not at this time, but our medical experts will keep us updated.
What will happen if a student needs to be quarantined or isolated because of COVID-19? Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be provided with remote learning within 24 hours of the start of their isolation or quarantine period. Students with proof of vaccination will not need to be quarantined due to exposure.
What are the current travel rules that may require quarantine?
The State of New Jersey continues to abide by the travel guidelines adopted earlier this year. Fully vaccinated individuals who engage in international travel must be tested 3-5 days after returning to the United States. There is no quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated individuals but it's important to self-monitor and watch for symptoms. If you are not vaccinated, you must test 3-5 days after travel and self-quarantine for a full 7 days with a negative test. If you choose not to test, then you need to quarantine for 10 days. If your test is positive you must isolate for 10 days and seek medical advice.
For individuals who are fully vaccinated and travel outside of New Jersey, there is no need to quarantine or test before or after travel. You should monitor for symptoms and get tested if you develop symptoms. However, unvaccinated travelers (including all children under the age of 12), must be tested 3-5 days after travel and quarantine for a full seven days even if the test is negative. Individuals who are not tested after travel must stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days.
We ask that all parents with unvaccinated children bring them back to New Jersey by August 30 so that they can start school on September 9. Unvaccinated individuals who participate in international travel must be tested 3-5 days after travel and quarantine for a full 7 days even if the post-travel test is negative and for 10 days if they have not been tested.
When might my child be required to quarantine?
When they have received a positive Covid-19 diagnosis
When they are found to be in close contact with a person that has been diagnosed with Covid-19—this applies only to non-vaccinated students.
In certain instances, after traveling (please see above link)
When they exhibit Covid-like symptoms.
If your child has at least two of the following symptoms: fever (measure or subjective), chills, rigors (shivers), myalgia (muscle aches), headache, shore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion, or runny nose;
If your child has t least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness or breath, difficulty breathing, new olfactory disorder, or new taste disorder.
Can you describe contact tracing?
Contact tracing, in combination with isolation and quarantine, is used by 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.
Please note that PPS will not quarantine vaccinated individuals exposed to a person who has tested positive based on CDC guidelines. However, unvaccinated individuals may still be required to quarantine if exposed to a positive case.
Is remote learning an option this year?
All schools will be full-time and in-person. Remote learning is an option when a student must quarantine or isolate because of COVID-19 (see more information about quarantines above), or if your student, based on medically supported documentation, requires a totally different learning environment. If you believe your child falls into either category, please reach out directly to your child’s principal or case manager.
Will students have access to lockers at Princeton Middle School and Princeton High School?
To maintain COVID-19 related safety procedures, lockers will be unavailable to students this year. However, there will be a place for Princeton High School and Princeton Middle School athletes to store their equipment.
How will art and music and other special classes be accommodated at the elementary schools?
Specials will move back to the art and music rooms as long as the rooms have sufficient space so that students can maintain social distance requirements for the activity. Outside spaces can also be used for times when students need to remove their masks for instrumental lessons.
Will Back to School Night be held in person?
Due to the impact of the Delta variant, Back to School Nights will be virtual. The classrooms lack the required space for social distancing.
Will students be able to use the swimming pool at Princeton Middle School?
PPS is working with health experts to determine protocols for using the swimming pool. Protocols will be established to use the locker rooms.