Welcome to the COVID-19 Dashboard. This page contains our School Opening Plan as of August 2021, a summary of COVID-19 cases in the 2021-22 school year, and reminders of current 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.
Due to recent NJDOH guideline updates, IHA now qualifies to use Test to Stay for students identified as close contacts. This program allows students to remain in school with periodic testing after a COVID-19 exposure. In light of this significant change, IHA will no longer offer any virtual/remote learning after we return from Easter Break on Monday, April 25th. Students who are positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate for days 0-5 and must stay home. They can follow along with Google Classroom postings as with any normal absence for illness. Students identified as close contacts, who test negative, may remain in school but must mask and follow the Test to Stay protocol.
The details of the Test to Stay program are provided below.
- Student does not have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19;
- Student is not a household contact of a COVID-19 case;
- Student is willing and able to follow the below modified quarantine and testing protocols with parental consent (if applicable);
- Student is willing and able to mask.
- Student tests immediately after being identified as close contact; if the test is negative they may return to the school;
- At-home tests may be submitted using the Immaculate Heart Academy Testing Attestation Form (available on the IHA website COVID Hub);
- Student must retest on day 5 of their quarantine timeline; if the test is negative no further testing is necessary;
- If the student develops symptoms, she must stay home and quarantine;
- Student must wear a mask at all times on campus for 10 days after her exposure;
- Student may not participate in any extracurricular that cannot be safely completed while masked.
COVID-19 Positive or IDed as Close Contact?
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have recently been informed of an exposure and/or identified as a close contact, please immediately contact IHA's school nurse, Mrs. Patricia Conaton, at [email protected]
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.
If you have experienced any ONE (1) or more of these symptoms, please stay home from school and notify the school nurse:
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- 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"
- Rigors (shaking)
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Congestion or runny nose
IHA is currently operating on our regular, full schedule, including locker break and lunch, for the second semester. IHA is mask-optional for students, faculty, staff, and volunteers as of Monday, March 7. The decision whether or not to wear a mask is personal and everyone is reminded to be respectful of one another's choices.
- Immaculate Heart Academy is excited to once again welcome visitors to campus. As of March 8, 2022, consistent with Archdiocesan policy, IHA's campus is mask-optional for all students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and visitors.
- Students are permitted to eat their locker break snacks or breakfasts in the halls before school and during break. Social distancing is still important and students' desks will remain 3 feet apart in all classrooms and lunch tables will remain limited to 4 students per table. As the weather improves, we look forward to offering outdoor lunch options again.
Hour-long joint-grade lunch periods began on Monday, April 4. This change represents a return to our traditional lunch periods. For most students, this means that 9th and 10th grades eat in the cafeteria together between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Most 11th and 12th grade students will eat in the cafeteria from 12-1 p.m. Students no longer report to the PAC for a lunch study, but still must report to all scheduled lab periods.
Below is updated NJDOH safety guidance to supplement the removal of the mask mandate. Quarantine and isolation periods are still required for positive cases and identified close contacts unless you opt to participate in the Test to Stay program. The following guidelines apply:
1. Must quarantine at home for 5 days, if she is no longer experiencing symptoms, she may return to school on day 6.
2. Masks must be worn at all times during days 6-10.
3. Physical activity that cannot be safely completed in a mask, may not resume until after day 10.
Close Contacts (anyone identified as being within 6 feet of a positive person for longer than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period):
1. If up-to-date on vaccination (defined by the NJDOH as a complete primary vaccine series and booster shot, if eligible), may attend school but must wear a mask.
2. If not up-to-date on vaccination, must isolate for days 1-5. If no symptoms develop, may return to school on day 6.
3. Masks must be worn at all times during days 6-10.