Guided by Oak Knoll’s mission, our goal is to create a nurturing educational environment that supports the development of mind, body, and spirit while ensuring the health and safety of the community during the pandemic. All of our policies and procedures were developed in consultation with the local Board of Health, CDC, the state Department of Education, and the New Jersey Governor’s Office.
Our Key Objective
To support the physical and mental health of the community while maximizing the top teaching, learning, and working environment for the students and employees.
2021-22 General Procedures
- Social distancing (3 feet apart) while outside without masks is recommended and reduces the spread of the virus from one person to another
- You are most likely to catch the virus if you are with an infected person for more than 15 minutes while not practicing social distancing.
- Masks are worn for the safety of others. All students are required to wear a mask to school and bring a backup mask each day.
- A well-fitting mask must be worn by everyone inside a building on campus regardless of vaccination status. A well-fitting mask uses a bendable nose bridge, adjustable ear straps, and cover under the chin. Masks are optional outside.
- It is most effective to wash your hands frequently throughout the day for 20 seconds or more.
- When soap and water are unavailable, it is smart to substitute with hand sanitizer.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:
- Muscle aches
- Sore Throat
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Congestion or runny nose
Students who are feeling ill should always stay home. If a student exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day, they will be sent to the Health Office or a private COVID waiting area until they are picked up to go home.
- While vaccines are not required at this time, Oak Knoll strongly encourages all members of our community to be vaccinated if recommended by their family doctor.
- Members of the community are encouraged to submit their proof of vaccination. Students may submit their proof of vaccination to the nurses via the Magnus Health Portal in myOKS. For all other members of the community, please submit proof of vaccination to the Human Resources Department.
- While proof of vaccination is not required at this time, this information will be used for contact tracing purposes.
At the direction of Gov. Phil Murphy, we will no longer offer a remote learning option in place of our on-campus program. Remote learning will only be provided to students who are absent due to contact tracing, positive COVID-19 diagnosis, or travel quarantine.
Per the recommendation of the Board of Health, Oak Knoll will resume weekly non-invasive, self-contained saliva testing regardless of vaccination status. Families can find more information regarding testing policies/protocols on the myOKS resource board.
- Vaccinated individuals are not currently subject to contact tracing. However, individuals will be required to self-monitor for COVID symptoms if exposed to a positive COVID-19 person. If symptoms develop, they should isolate and seek medical evaluation for COVID-19, which may include testing.
- Contact tracing for students is not necessary as long as those students were wearing well-fitting masks.
- An individual who is identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person should quarantine for 10 days and produce a negative PCR test taken no earlier than day seven before returning to school. A rapid test will not be accepted.
- Siblings of a student who has symptoms and meets the COVID-19 exclusion criteria should be excluded from school until the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result. If the symptomatic individual tests positive, the sibling will need to self-quarantine.
Anyone who is vaccinated or previously tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days is not subject to contact tracing. After 90 days, if you have a positive COVID test result and a positive antibody test result, you also do not need to quarantine. However, you must produce copies of those tests for the school nurse.
- If you need to notify the school of a possible positive COVID case, please email School Nurses Rose Puleo and Danielle Peckham and copy your respective division head (Christine Spies – LS or Kate McGroarty – US) only. Teachers should not be emailed about COVID information.
- If you need to notify the school of any COVID-related information over the weekend, please email your respective division head (Christine Spies – LS or Kate McGroarty – US) and copy School Nurses Rose Puleo (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Danielle Peckham (email@example.com) by no later than 12 p.m. on Sunday.
All unvaccinated individuals who travel out of state are required to complete a seven-day quarantine upon their return to New Jersey. Out-of-state travel does not include NY, PA, or DE.
- Unvaccinated students who travel out of state during our holiday breaks (with the exception of NY, PA, and DE), must complete a seven-day quarantine upon their return to New Jersey and present a negative COVID test to return to school. During their seven-day quarantine, they may participate in remote learning and return to school on day eight.
- Students who travel on holiday during regular school days, will not be able to participate in remote learning, but instead will be given their device and independent assignments for the week.
- Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis (i.e. a family member’s funeral or wedding.)
- We will establish a deadline for parents to notify us of their child’s need for quarantine and remote learning prior to vacation breaks and, in turn, will notify all necessary teachers. A student who does not notify us by the deadline may not be able to start remote learning on the first day of their quarantine.
Oak Knoll is delighted to welcome visitors back to campus in the fall of 2021 in a limited capacity and on an event-by-event basis. More specific information regarding events will be emailed to families or included in our weekly e-newsletter, On the Knoll. Visitors will be required to follow the school’s mask and social distancing guidelines outlined on this page.
2021-22 Back to School Communications
Every family will be asked to recommit to the Oak Knoll Pledge each month because Together We Thrive.
Note: These policies and procedures will continue to be updated as guidance changes.