Families planning Spring break travel urged to contact school nurse

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Point Pleasant Beach Schools Superintendent William Smith is asking families planning travel during spring break to contact school nurses for guidance on post-travel quarantines to curb COVID-19 spread.

“In advance of your travel it would be very helpful, and I remember making this similar plea at the time of the holiday break, if you could reach out to your school nurse and talk about the specifics regarding travel quarantines,” said Mr. Smith. 

The request comes in preparation for the district’s return to five-day instruction on April 12, directly following the spring break period, Mr. Smith said, noting that New Jersey health officials advise anyone who has traveled out of state for 24 hours to self-quarantine.

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“There will be necessary quarantines after that travel period and it’s the steps that at this point are still recommended as necessary to ensure we can keep our students and staff safe,” he said.

The district still plans its return to five-day instruction beginning April 12. The change would be a transition from the current four-day in-person instruction schedule, which uses Wednesday as a remote learning day for students while the custodial staff gives the buildings a deep cleaning.

In all, the Point Pleasant Beach School District has had 39 positive COVID-19 cases since the onset of the pandemic. 

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