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COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID-19 Dashboard

Welcome to the COVID-19 Dashboard. This page contains our current school safety precautions, protocols, and guidelines.

All decisions regarding safety precautions, quarantine, and building closures are made with guidance from and in consultation with the Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission, the Archdiocese of Newark, the New Jersey Department of Health, and the New Jersey Department of Education.
 
At this time, the NJDOH has recommended that "schools may transition away from a case-investigation response model to a routine disease control model in schools. This model focuses more on response to clusters of cases, outbreaks, and evidence of ongoing transmission in schools, and less on individual case investigation and contact tracing.”

As such, IHA will no longer maintain the COVID-19 Hub daily case counter sheet. Parents and guardians must still report any positive cases to the school nurse, Mrs. Nicole Keller St-Onge'06, at [email protected] or 201.445.6800, ext. 129. Any student who tests positive must remain home and complete the CDC-recommended five-day isolation period. The school nurse will be monitoring for outbreaks or case clusters, in accordance with the NJDOH recommendation, and impacted families will be notified.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have recently been informed of an exposure, please immediately contact IHA's school nurse, Mrs. St-Onge at [email protected] or 201.445.6800, ext. 129 for guidance on IHA's protocols and quarantine requirements. If your daughter is sick, please keep her home and call the school nurse for guidance.

IHA will no longer be contract tracing to identify close contacts of individual positive cases. Close contacts will no longer be quarantined and, therefore, Test to Stay will no longer be offered. Students who are isolating due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis should follow standard illness-related absence procedures and follow along with classwork on Google Classroom and reach out to their teachers for any additional guidance. There will be no virtual learning.

Resources/Links
CDC's latest guidance
NJDOH's latest guidance

IHA asks:
  • Parents report any positive cases to the school nurse
  • Keep your child home if she is sick
  • Continue to monitor your child for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Parents and students to comply with IHA school policies and guidelines

IHA will continue to:
  • Support any student or staff member who chooses to wear a mask or use a desk shield
  • Publish the most recent CDC and NJDOH guidance on our COVID-19 Hub on the school webpage
  • Monitor and report cases and outbreaks to the Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission
  • Update our policies based on the guidance provided by the Archdiocese of Newark, NJDOH, Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission, and CDC
  • Comply with any updated government mandates
  • Maintain healthy airflow
  • Utilize best practices for cleaning and disinfection
If you have experienced any ONE (1) or more of these symptoms, please stay home from school and notify the school nurse:
  • Fever  
  • Cough  
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New loss of taste
  • New loss of smell
 
If you have experienced any TWO (2) or more of these symptoms, please stay home from school and notify the school nurse.
  • Feeling "Feverish"
  • Chills
  • Rigors (shaking)
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion or runny nose
Guideline Reminders and Reinforcements

  • If your child (or an IHA faculty/staff member) tests positive, please immediately contact the school nurse, Mrs. Nicole Keller St-Onge'06, at 201.445.6800, ext. 129 or [email protected].
  • Remote learning will not be offered and all quarantines will be handled as pre-pandemic illness-related absences. Students should check assignments on Google Classroom and reach out to teachers via email as necessary.
  • The Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission is consulted on all cases and makes the recommendation for school closure based on the unique circumstances of each school or district.
  • Students returning from quarantine will receive masking and social distancing guidelines directly
NJDOH COVID-19 Information for Schools