Screening protocols for students and employees include the use of temperature checks.
Temperature checks will be conducted upon entering the building via thermal imaging equipment. Any community member with a body temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed to enter the building. The employee or student will remain in a tent outside the building under supervision until he/she is able to go home either by driving oneself or by being picked up within one hour. The following questions will be asked:
- Did you have a fever at home? Do you have a cough, shortness of breath or flu-like symptoms?
- Have you, or anyone in your family been diagnosed with COVID-19?
- Have you or your family been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 10 days?
- Have you, or anyone in your immediate family, traveled domestically to states on New Jersey’s Travel Advisory List or internationally within the past 10 days?
Per CDC recommendations, if any answer is “yes” to the above health questions, the employee or student will need to leave the building within one  hour and will not be allowed to return to work or school without a licensed healthcare provider note verifying that the employee or student is free of communicable disease and is cleared to return to work or school. This note may not be signed by a family member or close relative who is a healthcare provider. Newark Academy will enforce any self-quarantine guidelines as set forth by the CDC in consultation with the school nurses, school physician, and local board of health professionals should an employee or student be exposed to COVID-19 and/or subsequently test positive for COVID-19 and/or exhibit symptoms.
Newark Academy understands that body temperature can be elevated after exercise in hot weather. In such situations, school nurses will determine whether a student and/or athlete should rest in the shade outside and drink liquids for a short time before another temperature check.
Newark Academy school nurses in tandem with administration will determine if any member of the community is at risk of being sick with a potential infectious disease. School nurses do not make medical diagnoses but will determine a nursing diagnosis and will determine the person’s disposition. CDC recommends that employees or students who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work/school or become sick during the day be separated from other members of the community and be sent home immediately.
Newark Academy school nurses must send home any employee or student who appears to have symptoms of illness. The school nurses will notify the Director of Human Resources actions taken for employees. The Director of HR will contact the appropriate administrators. Parents/Guardians of ill students will be contacted directly by the school nurses. Parents are required to provide two emergency contacts other than themselves who are available to pick up the ill child within one hour.
Confidentiality will be maintained at all times.
Newark Academy administration and school nurses will strive to prevent stigma and discrimination in the workplace. Determinations of risk based on race, religion, gender, country of origin, or any other identifier are prohibited.
If students or employees exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus, please refer to our protocol for On Campus Diagnosis.
Saliva Pool Testing
Newark Academy, in partnership with Mirimus Clinical Labs of Brooklyn, New York, is conducting COVID-19 screening testing for all students and employees. For more information, click here.
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