How to keep things under control in school
If the school starts on-site classes (daily or hybrid classes), the following protocols must be followed:
- Students and staff must keep a minimum distance of three (3) feet from all others except when simply passing by them or during regulated gym activities.
- No one is allowed to share any item, including lunch, stationery items, desks, any items from home, cups, or anything that passed through the hand of one student. Items may be shared among siblings. Items designated and regulated by the staff may be shared (e.g., Soap dispensers, tissue boxes, etc.)
- Students and staff must wash their hands or sanitize them after they have interacted with any high-touch surface, such as doorknobs, faucets, switches, water dispensers, etc.
- No sort of physical contact is allowed at any time on the school premises except for regulated gym activities The same rule applies before and after school hours.
- Participate in a mandatory fever check if a student is suspected to be sick, as determined by the school.
What if someone is symptomatic
One danger of COVID-19 is in the way it spreads to others. Many times, people are asymptomatic, but still, pass on the disease to others. However, this is something beyond our control. The best we can do is to make sure everyone remains safe if we actually see signs (or symptoms) of the disease on any individual in school.
What are some common symptoms of COVID 19? We thought it would be best to reproduce the statements of the CDC.
CDC: Common COVID-19 symptoms
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
When should I reconsider sending my child to school?
In general, if any child is sick, they should remain at home. However, in order to prevent outbreaks of viruses in the school, all children must remain home if one of the following applies:
- They have a fever of 100 or higher.
- They have any ONE of the following symptoms:
- shortness of breath
- difficulty breathing
- new olfactory disorder
- new taste disorder
- If they have any TWO of the following symptoms:
- rigors (shivers)
- muscle aches
- sore throat
- congestion/runny nose
The same standards will be used when assessing whether a staff member or child should be sent home.
School Procedures when Someone is Symptomatic
So, what should a person do in case they have symptoms of COVID-19?
- Move to the isolation area of the school and remain there until the parents arrive to pick the child up.
- Avoid any sort of further contact with high-touch areas.
- Keep a tissue or something in hand to prevent spread of any fluids.
- Make du`a’ in the mean time that Allah Ta`ala grants everyone shifa’ (a cure) and `afiyah (good health).
When can my child return to school if any of the above applies?
Students and staff who were sent home with COVID-19 symptoms may return to school after:
- at least 24 hours have passed without the use of fever-reducing medications (Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin), other symptoms have improved, AND providing the school with written documentation of a negative PCR COVID-19 test
- OR Completing quarantine at home per CDC/NJDOH guidelines and be symptom-free upon return
Students and staff who were sent home with COVID-19 symptoms
and had a positive COVID-19 test result may return to school after:
- at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, AND at least 24 hours have passed without the use of fever-reducing medications (Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin) and other symptoms have improved.
All Other Policies
For most COVID-19 related matters, CJIIS generally adopts policies consistent with the policies of Franklin Township Public Schools. For any matters not covered here, please refer to Franklin Township Public School’s page on COVID-related protocols here: Franklin Township COVID-Related Protocols
In the end, we should all remember that it is Allah Ta`ala who controls our health and our lives. True power over everything belongs to Him alone.