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.

In compliance with state requirements, the District is posting our Health Related Closure Plan, which will be used in the event of any future health related closures.

In compliance with state requirements, the District is also posting our ARP ESSER Use of Funds Plan.


In January 2022, the State of New Jersey Department of Health issued new Quarantine Protocols for Schools.

Please click on the link to view the most current: New Jersey Department of Health Quarantine Protocols

Please click on the link to review: Symptoms of COVID-19

Masking:

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 work in partnership with the Department of Health to determine any need for masking when public health conditions are in Orange or Red and may also require masking for individuals, groups, or all people in our school buildings at other times when local conditions require it (for example, during a local outbreak).

VACCINATION:

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.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING:

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 and will work with the Department of Health to deploy other interventions that allow us to avoid cohorting as long as possible.

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 multiple measures to address the needs of homebound students. Please see this page [link to Quarantine Instructions for Students.

HANDWASHING AND RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE:

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.

MAINTAINING HEALTHY FACILITIES:

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 Orange and Red levels of the CALI framework, 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.

CONTACT TRACING AND QUARANTINE:

Best practice in disease mitigation is only achieved in partnership with experts at the Department of Health. We will continue to work with the Department of Health to implement contact tracing and quarantine protocols, and may utilize part time or contracted contact tracers when necessary.

COVID 19 TESTING:

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.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES:

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 multiple measures to address the needs of homebound students. Please see Quarantine Instructions for Students.

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 extended remote work opportunities to staff members, but will utilize paid and unpaid leave as required by policy and law.

SUMMARY:

Click on the link to view: FAQ's about COVID-19 Protocols.