The following information is based on data received from our Departments of Health on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.
The NJ Essex County COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) Score is presently “3” which is orange or high, which it has been since November 13, 2020. Since the week of January 22, 2021, when we began the District Dashboard, we’ve had 81 confirmed reported cases that were contracted from community exposures (outside of school). There is no evidence of SOMSD in-school transmission.
- Click here to download the CDC COVID-19 Who Should Get Tested Flyer (or scroll to the end to view a larger image of the flyer)
- COVID testing Availability in Maplewood Flyer (btw. Yale Street and Springfield Ave.,) from April 5-30th
We have been committed to the layered prevention strategies guided by the CDC, NJDOH and local DOH, and will continue with:
- Universal and correct use of masks
- Physical distancing*
- Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
- Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities
- Assisting the local DOH with Contact Tracing
Reducing transmission in schools is a shared responsibility. Please remember:
- If you are sick, STAY HOME; also, if a household member is ill with COVID-compatible symptoms and awaiting test results, household members should stay home to await those test results.
- If your test result is positive, staff and parents of students should EMAIL THE PRINCIPAL so we may begin assisting the DOH with Contact Tracing, in order to refer individuals for testing and move them swiftly into quarantine or isolation.
Maplewood Department of Health
- Confirmed cases to date 1405
- New cases in March 275
- New cases just in April (6 days in): 39
- Age range 3-86
- Number of school-age students (ages 5-17 years) 4
South Orange Department of Health
- Confirmed cases to date 868
- New cases in March 159
- New cases just in April (6 days in): 28
- Age range 4-83
- Number of school-age students (ages 5-17 years) 5
The rationale for updated CDC and NJDOH Physical Distancing Strategies
- Several U.S. studies now also show low transmission among students in schools even when student physical distancing is less than 6 feet but other prevention strategies are in place, even at a time of high community transmission. (CDC Science Brief, March 19, 2021).
- Several studies have found that transmission between staff is more common than transmission between students and staff, and among students, in schools. (CDC Operational Strategies, March 19, 2021)
*Physical Distancing in Schools updated guidance (CDC, March 19, 2021):
- In elementary schools, students should be at least 3 feet apart
- Middle and high school students should remain 6 feet apart if cohorting is not possible.
- Maintain 6 feet distance: 1) between adults (teachers and staff) and between adults and students; 2) during short mask breaks; 3) during activities when increased exhalation occurs (singing, exercise); 4) in common areas such as school lobbies and auditoriums
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