Ewing Schools Release: COVID Management Team Update-Friday, May 13th
May 13, 2022
As you may have seen in media accounts, unfortunately, there has been a significant increase in COVID cases in the area, again most likely attributable to new and emerging variants.
For the first time in a very long time, Mercer County moved back into the “High” category on the weekly New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Activity Level Report.
We have also seen an increase in cases throughout our schools, and had a significant outbreak of cases emanating from the Fisher Middle School spring musical.
Fortunately, the outcomes we are seeing have been relatively mild.
As a result, we are recommending the wearing of high quality masks for students and staff for the next several weeks as we continue to monitor and evaluate this situation, especially when adequate physical distancing cannot be established.
We are also emphasizing the importance of wearing high quality masks on the bus and physically distancing as much as possible on the bus.
Again, we emphasize the practicing of “prudent masking,” when you are in a social situation when physical distancing is difficult to achieve, or a potentially higher risk setting. In these situations, bring your mask and wear it as much as possible. This includes the cafeteria, where students should be encouraged to maintain physical distancing, eat quickly, and then resume mask wearing.
Please conduct the COVID-19 screening each day. Do not send your child to school if they show any evidence of symptomatic behavior. We have received a shipment of Flowflex COVID-19 antigen home rapid tests from the government. They are available in the nurse’s office in each school and will be distributed to students if there is a need for home testing.
All staff and students who test positive for COVID must remain out for five days. They may return if they are symptom free, but must wear a mask on days 6-10 upon their return to school.
If your child is eligible for a booster, and has not received it, please consider it. If your child has not been vaccinated, please consider it.
As always, remember to continue to monitor our communication portals for any updates or changes.
Thank you for working with us to keep our schools as safe as possible as we make our way towards the end of the school year.