Temporary remote learning will be available for students in pre-K-12 for any COVID-related issues, including but not limited to the following:
- Students identified as close contacts
- Students awaiting access to a COVID test
- Students awaiting COVID test results
- Students quarantined due to travel
- Students who have self-tested at home and exhibit symptoms as specified on the COVID-19 Home Testing Checklist
- Students exposed to a positive COVID relative
These students will have access to live distance learning. Each school will have a process for sharing assignments with these students and/or login information if they are attending class via live stream.
There will be a 1-3 day (school/class dependent) waiting period to begin temporary live remote learning so teachers can properly prepare for students to join their classes remotely .
If the class teacher is away for an extended period and a substitute covers the class, students will participate in asynchronous learning displayed on Google Classroom.
At a news conference Wednesday, Camden County Deputy Public Health Coordinator Caryelle Lasher said the county’s health department is working one-on-one with school districts to discuss safety measures.
She said they would also meet with superintendents across the county to discuss what the “test-to-stay” program might look like in each district.
The program combines contact tracing and serial testing to allow students to continue their in-person learning after being exposed to COVID-19 as an alternative to traditional quarantine. Serial testing is defined as testing performed twice over a seven-day period. Learn more here: Quarantine NJ students can stay in school under pilot program
Although Murphy hasn’t named any schools in the county that could benefit from a pilot program the state will launch soon, some school districts have expressed interest, Lasher said.
Over the past week, Camden County has seen about 1,100 new coronavirus cases per day, and more than 1,100 Camden County residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, officials say. Fourteen coronavirus-related deaths were reported in Camden County last week.
As of Thursday, 1,210 new cases were reported countywide, including 135 in Cherry Hill. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 80,906 cases and 1,408 deaths countywide.