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Protocols for COVID-19

The NJ Department of Health requires the following for all schools operating in-person instruction.

  1. Symptomatic students (and their asymptomatic siblings) and symptomatic MKA employees (and any of their children attending MKA) are not permitted to attend in-person school until the symptomatic individual has a negative non-rapid PCR COVID-19 test.
  2. Symptomatic individuals must receive a negative non-rapid PCR COVID-19 test in order to return to school. An alternate diagnosis (e.g. a positive STREP test) is not acceptable for individuals to return to school.
  3. Close contacts must follow the procedure outlined below.

What to do if your child or a member of your household is sick:

If your child or a household member shows one or more symptoms of COVID-19: 

  1. Keep your child (and all siblings, even if they are asymptomatic) home from school (this is required by the NJ Department of Health).
  2. Notify the COVID-19 compliance team (before 7:15 a.m., if possible).
  3. Take the symptomatic child or individual for a non-rapid viral molecular PCR COVID-19 test and share the results with the COVID-19 compliance team. All individuals (children and any school employees) should stay home from school until the non-rapid PCR test results are received.
  4. Symptomatic individuals are required to receive a negative non-rapid PCR COVID-19 test in order to return to school. An alternate diagnosis (including a positive strep test or influenza swab) without a negative non-rapid PCR COVID-19 test is not acceptable. This is required by the NJ Department of Health.
  5.  If your child shows symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, parents will be called to pick them up along with their siblings who attend MKA. 
  6. Asymptomatic siblings may return to school when the symptomatic sibling has a negative non-rapid PCR COVID-19 test. 
  7. Fully-vaccinated individuals who are asymptomatic DO NOT need to go/stay home when a family member becomes ill and/or is awaiting PCR results.
  8. In order for a symptomatic child to return to school, the following must be met:
  • absence of COVID-19 symptoms for 24 hours;
  • your child meets the school’s return to school criteria (see below);
  • negative non-rapid viral molecular PCR COVID-19 test;
  • clearance from the school’s nursing staff, which will be emailed to you.

What to do if your child has been identified as a close contact:

If your child or a household member tests positive for COVID-19, please do the following:

  1. Please inform the COVID-19 compliance team and contact your child’s teacher or advisor.
  2. All close contacts who are not fully vaccinated and have not had COVID-19 in the past 90 days must quarantine for 10 days without testing OR  7 days, if the close contact receives a negative PCR (not rapid) test for COVID-19  5-7 days after their last exposure.
  3. We strongly recommend that you have your child tested 5-7 days after their exposure to the COVID-19 case. The results of all testing must be shared with the COVID-19 compliance team
  4. Continue to monitor your child for symptoms of COVID-19 and if these develop notify your child’s doctor and the COVID-19 compliance team
  5. Assuming the close contact is symptom-free, a negative non-rapid PCR COVID-19 test is not required to return to school at the end of the 14 day quarantine.

According to the NJDOH, the following individuals are exempt from quarantining following a close contact:

  • COVID-19 positive (viral test) within 3 months: Persons who tested positive for COVID-19 (viral test), clinically recovered from COVID-19 and then have close contact with someone with COVID-19 within 3 months does not need to be quarantined or retested. However, persons who have close contact with someone with COVID-19 more than 3 months after the initial infection should quarantine. 
  • Fully Vaccinated Persons within 3 months: fully vaccinated persons who have close contact with someone with COVID-19 do NOT need to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria: 
    1. Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
    2. Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
    3. Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure 
  • Persons who do not meet all three of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Fully vaccinated persons should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure. If they experience symptoms, they should quarantine and be clinically evaluated for COVID-19.

What to do if your child is diagnosed with a positive COVID-19 test:

If your child or a household member tests positive for COVID-19, please do the following:

  1. Please inform the COVID-19 compliance team.
  2. The COVID-positive person must immediately isolate away from other household members for 10 days.
  3. All close contacts of your child must quarantine for 14 days from the date of last contact.
  4. If your child remains symptom-free and feels well, they may log on for remote learning. Please contact your child’s teacher or advisor when they are able to log on to remote classes.
  5. All COVID-positive people must isolate for a minimum of 10 days, and must have been symptom-free for at least 3 days before returning to school.
  6. For more severe cases the isolation/quarantine periods may be extended.
  7. A  negative COVID-19 test is not required to return to school at the end of the 10 day isolation period.

Vaccination Guidance:

As vaccinations become more widely available for our students, we wanted to provide you with additional guidance.

  • Please communicate the dates of your scheduled vaccinations with your student’s campus, and If applicable, we will make arrangements for your student to make up any pooled testing that may be missed due to their vaccination.
  • If your student is symptomatic and requires time to recover following their vaccination, please notify your student’s campus and
  • Symptoms can start within the first 12 hours and last as long as 72 hours. During this window of time, if a student is experiencing COVID-related symptoms, they should stay home and take the time to recover. They will NOT need to test for COVID-related symptoms in order to return to school, and siblings can continue to attend school. Your student will however need to make up any missed pooled testing.
  • Once your child has received their final dose of the vaccine, please send a copy of their vaccination card to, and we will upload it to their Magnus Health record.
  • Two weeks after their final vaccine dose, the student will be considered fully vaccinated and will no longer be considered a close contact in the event they are exposed to a person who tests positive for COVID-19.
  • COVID-related Symptoms After Vaccination - if a fully vaccinated person develops COVID-related symptoms, they are still required to remain remote, along with any family members in the home, until the results of an independent non-rapid PCR test are received and reviewed by for the symptomatic individual.

Mask Wearing:

In School
In line with NJDOH and CDC guidelines, masks are still required to be worn by the MKA community when at school (for both inside and outside settings).

Per NJSIAA guidance, masks are no longer required to be work by all spectators, athletes (on the sidelines), and coaches (excluding unvaccinated coaches).


All possible exposures and positive test results for any members of your household should be reported to the COVID-19 Compliance Team.

For questions or concerns regarding MKA's COVID-19 protocols contact the  COVID-19 Compliance Team.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. For a more information, visit the CDC website. According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 include but are not limited to:
  • Congestion or a persistent runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Fever or chills 
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Required Quarantine Due to Travel

Seasonal Allergy Protocol

As we head into seasonal allergy season, we wanted to share the school’s protocol regarding the onset of allergy symptoms. The NJ Department of Health does not permit an alternate diagnosis without a negative COVID-19 test for individuals experiencing COVID-related symptoms. With the heightened allergy forecasts, we understand that students may experience seasonal allergy symptoms that are also COVID-related symptoms.

The only way to confirm whether or not these symptoms are COVID-related is through testing. To avoid further absences and needing to test independently by non-rapid PCR test the next time the child experiences seasonal allergies, the parent should confirm that their child has a documented diagnosis in Magnus by their pediatrician of seasonal allergies, which includes a plan of treatment and expected allergy symptoms. Once this documentation has been reviewed by the school nurse, it will be at the discretion of the school nurse to permit the child to remain/return to school based on the type and severity of their symptoms.

If, upon completing the Magnus health screening, you receive a STOP but you are confident that the STOP is due to documented seasonal allergies which have already been discussed with the school nurse, please have your child sent to the school nurse upon arrival to be assessed prior to joining the classroom.

Response to Positive Cases on Campus