2020-2021 School Policies

Expectations for Families and Staff

All EMS families learn the 4 Cs over the course of their time with us. Courtesy, Consideration, Cooperation, Compassion. We ask that you consider these values and a fifth C – Community – when you are not on campus.

Your Family's Responsibility >

We formally request that you follow all CDC guidelines and New Jersey guidelines. Wear masks whenever outside the home, and please do not congregate in groups with people outside your family, based on current guidelines. Maintain social distance whenever possible. Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. We'll expect all families to report travel outside the tri-state area via the health questionnaire, and travel to states on New Jersey's travel advisory will require a quarantine on return. Other situations can trigger a quarantine for families. Please note that if the student did not travel to a state on the NJ travel advisory, even if a member of their household did, they do not need to quarantine. Participate in all contact tracing efforts. Be honest and forthcoming in using the health questionnaire. As inconvenient as it may be, quarantine when appropriate. If you need support, or have questions about any of these requests, please contact emshealthandsafetyteam@elisabethmorrow.org.

Quarantine and Isolation Policies

Quarantine: keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others.

If you had close contact with a person who has COVID-19

  1. Stay home for 10 days after your last contact. Alternatively, you may end your quarantine after 7 days if you get tested on the fifth day (or later) following your exposure and receive a negative PCR test result.
  2. Check your temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
  3. If possible, stay away from people who are at higher-risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Isolation: keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home.

If you are sick and think or know you have COVID-19

Stay home until after:

  1. At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  2. At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  3. Symptoms have improved

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but do not have symptoms

Stay home until after:

  1. 10 days have passed since your positive test

If you live with others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area and away from other people or animals, including pets. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

If any member of an EMS family tests positive for COVID-19, the positive individual must self-isolate and all members of that household would need to be quarantined from campus for a minimum of 14 days. During that time, the children would Flex to online learning. If the student tests positive they are out for 10 days and must be 24-hour symptom free (whichever is greater).

Quarantine isn't just for individuals – an entire Cohort may need to Flex if there is evidence of multiple COVID-19 cases within the Cohort. The EMS administration will work proactively to try and give families as much notice as possible of a Flex prescribed by the city, state, or test results, but ask for understanding from our families that in many cases, these decisions will be dictated to us by government officials.

Travel Policy

Other situations can trigger a quarantine for families. Travel to states on New Jersey's travel advisory will require a quarantine on return. If the student did not travel to a state on the NJ travel advisory, they do not need to quarantine even if members of their household did. If you are vacationing in a state outlined by New Jersey's travel advisory you will need to plan on a two-week quarantine upon your return to New Jersey. Please plan accordingly and remember this is part of the social contract with our entire community to keep everyone safe, and the honesty and accountability we want to model for our children. These standards will be in place for each school break, so please plan accordingly