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Montclair Public Schools to continue to enforce 10-day quarantines, NJ recommends 5 days

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Superintendent Jonathan Ponds at an Education Committee meeting on October 17. (TALIA WIENER/STAFF)

The Montclair Public School District will continue to enforce 10-day quarantine periods for students and staff who test positive for COVID-19, despite state guidance being reduced to just five days.

“We have consulted with our medical professionals and as a precaution we will continue to require a 10-day quarantine period,” Superintendent Jonathan Ponds said in a Jan. 14 community message.

The news came two days after the New Jersey Department of Health announced updated guidance for schools and recommended a five-day quarantine period, consistent with the instructions of the Centers for Disease Control.

“We know that students benefit from in-person learning and safely continuing in-person tuition remains a priority,” Commissioner Judith Persichilli said in a Department of Health press release. “These recommendations will help local health departments and schools manage COVID-19 cases and student and staff exposures to ensure healthy outcomes for all.”

Students and staff who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 but remain asymptomatic do not need to be quarantined, Ponds said in the message. Others who do not need to be quarantined include people aged 18 and over who have received all recommended doses of vaccine, students aged 5 to 17 who have completed the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines and people who are within have tested positive for COVID-19 for the past 90 days, the report said.

— Talia Wiener

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