Valley View Students report for in-person learning on Monday, April 12th.
Woodglen students report for in-person learning on Thursday, April 15th.
April 8, 2021 Parent Letter:
I hope that you have had an enjoyable Spring Break so far. I am writing with an important update to our re-opening plans following Spring Break. As many of you may know, the CDC and the State of New Jersey recently updated the travel guidance for people who have either been diagnosed and recovered from Covid 19 within the past three months or have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks. Anyone who meets one of these criteria is no longer required to quarantine upon return from out of state travel. As a result of this change, we will be able to re-open school for in-person learning on the following schedule:
· Valley View Students will be able to report for in-person learning starting on Monday, April 12th.
· All students who are currently attending in-person at Valley View can attend in-person on Monday. Parents may choose to have their children continue to work remotely for the week based upon travel. All students will be allowed a virtual option for this week.
· Please also remember that all students at Valley View will now attend five days per week. Wednesday will no longer be a virtual day in the district.
· Woodglen students are able to report for in-person learning as of Thursday, April 15th. (We are not able to appropriately staff the building until Thursday)
· Woodglen school will remain on a fully virtual schedule through Wednesday, April 14th and all students will have the option of remaining fully remote for the week based upon travel.
· When we return to in-person learning, we will no longer have a virtual day on Wednesday. All students at Woodglen will attend 5 days per week for the balance of the year.
*Please note that any student who has chosen to be fully remote so far this year, has the ability to maintain remote status.
We are thrilled that this change was made to the guidance and will allow our students to return sooner than anticipated. We are; however, asking for your help in following all applicable travel restrictions. As the vaccine has not been authorized for children under the age of 16, any student who traveled outside of the immediate area (NY, PA, CT, DE) must adhere to the quarantine guidelines. I am listing those guidelines below.
We hope to see all of you next week and look forward to the return to in-person learning.
NJ Travel Restrictions:
New Jersey continues to strongly discourage all non-essential interstate travel at this time.
Unvaccinated travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging following recommendations from the CDC:
If travel is unavoidable, travelers should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) 1-3 days before the trip and again 3-5 days after the trip.
If travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time.
If travelers test negative, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel.
You no longer need to quarantine or get tested before/after domestic travel if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months:
It has been more than two weeks since you received your second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine;
It has been more than two weeks since your received your first and only dose of the Janssen/Johnson and Johnson vaccine; or,
You have clinically recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months
Please note that for international travel, the federal requirement for testing upon return to the United States still stands for both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated travelers – additional details are listed below.
The self-quarantine is voluntary, but compliance is expected. Unvaccinated travelers arriving from areas with increasing COVID-19 cases may wish to postpone their travel to the region if they are unwilling or unable to follow the quarantine advisory.
Unvaccinated travelers and those residents who are returning from states and territories beyond the immediate region should quarantine at their home, or a hotel or other temporary lodging. Unvaccinated individuals should leave the place of quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items.
We ask that unvaccinated travelers subject to the travel advisory complete a voluntary online survey to provide information about where you are traveling from and your destination.
Access the survey by visiting covid19.nj.gov/njtravel or texting "NJTRAVEL" to 898211.
If you choose to provide this information, it will be shared with local New Jersey Public Health authorities and other third parties when required by law. Local health departments will contact you to remind you to self-quarantine and offer assistance including information about testing locations.
Please note that this advisory does not apply to unvaccinated individuals:
Who are returning to New Jersey after traveling outside of the state for less than 24 hours or those traveling to New Jersey for less than 24 hours - Even where travel is less than 24 hours, however, individuals are still discouraged from engaging in non-essential travel to other states to the extent possible
Who are in transit through the state to another destination, provided that the time spent in the state is only the amount of time necessary to complete the transit, make use of travel services, such as a highway rest stop, or make necessary travel connections
Who are essential personnel or traveling for essential reasons, as defined below
For answers to commonly asked questions, refer to the Department of Health's Frequently Asked Questions about the self-quarantine for travelers.