2021-2022 Safe Opening Plan
Hunterdon Central is committed to offering a full day of in-person school every day, for all students.
In compliance with federal and state requirements, and to prioritize in-person and full time instruction for all students, the Hunterdon Central Regional High School District offers the following Safe Opening plan organized across the categories specified in the American Recovery Plan framework.
On August 16, 2021, Superintendent Jeffrey Moore, Ed.D., made the following presentation to the Board of Education. Click on the photo link to watch the video describing Hunterdon Central's Safe Reopening Plan for 2021-2022.
On August 6, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 251, which mandates that schools will require all staff, students, and visitors to be masked indoors at the start of the 2021-2022 school year, regardless of vaccination status or regional CALI score. Staff, students, and visitors must also remain masked at all times on district transportation. The following are exceptions, and represent times when staff, students, and visitors may remove masks indoors:
- When doing so would inhibit the individual’s health, such as when the individual is exposed to extreme heat indoors;
- When the individual has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face mask without assistance;
- When a student’s documented medical condition or disability, as reflected in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Educational Plan pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, precludes use of a face mask;
- When the individual is under two (2) years of age;
- When the individual is engaged in activity that cannot physically be performed while wearing a mask, such as eating or drinking, or playing a musical instrument that would be obstructed by a face mask;
- When the individual is engaged in high-intensity aerobic or anaerobic activity;
- When a student is participating in high-intensity physical activities during a physical education class in a well-ventilated location and able to maintain a physical distance of six feet from all other individuals; or
- When wearing a face mask creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task.
Throughout the 2021-2022 School Year, the District will comply with all mandates and orders regarding face-covering. In the absence of any such mandate, the District will allow masking to be optional for those who are fully vaccinated and will strongly recommend masking for those who are not when public health conditions permit (the New Jersey Department of Health CALI Framework classification of Green or Yellow). The District will require masking of all staff, students, and visitors when public health conditions as measured by the CALI framework reach Orange or Red.
On August 23, Governor Murphy mandated that all school staff must be vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 18, or engage in regular testing for COVID-19.
The District will continue to work with public health partners, including local and regional medical centers and the New Jersey Department of Health, to provide opportunities for vaccination for those who want or need it.
Unless mandated to do otherwise, we do not plan to require vaccination for students for any opportunity or activity.
The District will work to prioritize in-person and full time instruction (full school day, five days a week) for all students and will maximize distancing to the extent possible and practicable within that goal without requiring specific distances between individuals.
The District will not employ the practice of cohorting (splitting students into separate attendance groups, as was done throughout much of the 2020-2021 school year) unless the public health conditions as measured by the CALI framework reach Red.
In the interest of promoting safe distancing when masks are removed, and in response to the needs of sanitization, the District will run two separate lunch blocks in order to reduce the number of students eating lunch at one time. The District may move to four lunch blocks to promote even more distancing if public health conditions as measured by the CALI framework reach Orange or Red, depending on sanitization and other needs. The District hopes to return to a single “unit lunch” when the public health situation allows.
The District will not offer a program of remote instruction, except for students with proven health or other conditions or when an order to quarantine requires students to remain off campus for an extended period of time. In such cases, the District will utilize home instruction and off-hours tutorial support rather than synchronous instruction from in-person classrooms.
The District believes that personal hygiene is one of the most significant barriers to the spread of illness. The District will continue to promote proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette through signs and announcements, and will seek to work with the Department of Health and other partners on other initiatives. The District will also provide hand sanitizing gel containing at least 60% alcohol in classrooms and other gathering spaces.
The District will maintain a practice of heightened sanitization of facilities. While public health conditions, as measured by the CALI framework, are Green or Yellow, the District will sanitize surfaces through use of electrostatic sprayers daily during the school week. We will also deploy hydroxyl generators to clean the air and surfaces in gathering locations and other special purpose spaces, such as cafeterias.
If public health conditions as measured by the CALI framework reach Orange or Red, the District may require the sanitizing of surfaces after each use through the use of sanitizing wipes or spray and may also increase other sanitization efforts. Sanitizing wipes and spray will also be available to staff members who request them at any level of the CALI framework.
To support the increased sanitization posture at all levels of the CALI framework, the District will run two lunch blocks when in Green or Yellow and will consider moving to four lunch blocks when in Orange or Red. The use of all facilities, by both inside and outside groups, will be allowed when in Green or Yellow. The District may consider closing facilities to outside organizations when in Orange or Red and may also consider closing specific facilities (such as the IMC, Little Theatre, Auditorium, locker rooms and team rooms, and others) at those levels.
The District’s HVAC system will continue to provide air exchange, mixing fresh air into all facilities on a regular basis. We will also continue to encourage airflow through the opening of windows and interior doors.
The District will continue to work with New Jersey Department of Health to perform contact tracing on campus when there is a confirmed case, as long as mandates to do so remain in place. We will also follow and enforce any quarantine protocols delivered by the New Jersey Department of Health. The District may engage part-time and other paid contact tracers, as necessary.
The District will continue to seek testing results for staff members and students in accordance with New Jersey Department of Health recommendations for quarantine and contact tracing. We will not engage in testing on campus or under the direction of administration of school staff, unless mandates or requirements specify that we must.
We are not planning to implement a daily “symptom free assurance form” unless public health conditions as measured by the CALI framework reach Orange or Red.
The District will follow all mandates for the accommodation of children with disabilities with respect to any public health procedures and policies. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, the provision of plexiglass barriers and face shields.
We will offer remote instruction only to the level required by State mandates, with the goal of maximizing the number of in-person students and the belief that our students are at their best when all are engaged in full-time, in-person instruction. When students require an extended absence, we will utilize home instruction and expanded after-hours tutorial rather than synchronous learning from in-person classrooms.
Staff who require accommodations will engage with the District in the “interactive process” provided for such situations, which may require the input of the District Physician. We are not planning to offer remote work opportunities to staff members, but will utilize paid and unpaid leave as required by policy and law.
- What happens if someone tests positive for Covid-19?
- What are this year’s close contact rules?
- What are the time requirements for exclusion from school as a result of close contact with an ill person?
- Should someone stay home if they have symptoms?
- How will unvaccinated students keep up with their classes if they have to stay home as a result of close contact with an ill person?
- If my child must quarantine, will the days count as absences?