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2023-2024 School Year

The NJDOH Communicable Disease Service has updated the COVID-19 K-12, Childcare Guidance. This document is posted on the Communicable Disease Service COVID-19 Information for Schools website COVID-19 Information for Schools 


Key Updates include:

  1. Removed the recommendation to quarantine, except in high-risk settings.

  2. Removed the recommendation to cohort.

  3. Removed recommendation for Test to Stay.


Quarantine is no longer recommended after exposure, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals who are exposed should mask for 10 days, test 24 hours after exposure, and again on day 5.


  • Individuals who have been exposed should also test if any symptoms develop.

  • If an individual is symptomatic after exposure they should take 2 OTC tests 48 hours apart or have a single provider-based test before returning.

  • Schools and child care centers should consider masking during periods of high community transmission or during outbreaks.

  • If an individual tests positive for COVID they can return on day 6 and must mask through day 10 unless 2 negative tests are received at least 48 hours apart after day 6.

  • If an individual becomes symptomatic during the school day they should immediately mask and go home.

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