Health Office Guidance for the Holiday Season





Although the availability and use of effective vaccines promises a return toward normalcy for  this year’s holiday season, it’s still important to continue taking steps to lessen the risk to you,  your family, and your friends. Be sure to follow the guidelines below and share them with others  in your family, community, and place of work. 

• Get vaccinated against the flu and COVID-19. If eligible, get your COVID-19 booster. 

• Everyone 2 years and older who is not fully vaccinated should wear a mask when in indoor  public places. You may also want to wear a mask indoors, even if vaccinated, in higher risk  settings, including crowds, where the vaccination status of others is not known, and if you are at  increased risk of severe disease. Consider wearing a mask to protect others around you who  are at high risk of severe disease. 

• Celebrate outside when possible or in well-ventilated areas. 

• If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and do not host or attend gatherings. 

• Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are a close contact of someone with COVID 19. 

• Delay travel until fully vaccinated. 

• If traveling over the holiday season, be sure to visit the new NJDOH Traveler’s Health page for  travel-related guidance! Remember that masks are required on all modes of public  transportation and in transportation hubs. 

When we work together to protect our health as well as the health of others, we can enjoy safer holidays and travel. 

In addition, please review our attendance guidelines for a safe return to the school building.


COVID-19 School Attendance Guidelines 

Symptom Screening: It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to monitor their children’s  health every morning before school attendance. However, submission of a daily form is not  required this school year. Please be sure to screen your children before school each day and  keep them at home if they show signs of illness. 

When your child is ill at home: 

If your child has at least one of the following symptoms, please keep your symptomatic child  and all unvaccinated household members at home, and contact the School Nurse. ∙ Fever 

∙ Cough 

∙ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 

∙ New loss of taste or smell 

If your child has at least two of the following symptoms, please keep your symptomatic child and  all unvaccinated household members at home, and contact the School Nurse. ∙ Fatigue 

∙ Muscle or body aches 

∙ Headache 

∙ Chills 

∙ Rigors (shivers) 

∙ Sore throat 

∙ Congestion or runny nose 

∙ Nausea or vomiting 

∙ Diarrhea 

NOTE: If your child has been in close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 in the  last 14 days, please keep your child at home and contact the School Nurse. 

When your child becomes ill at school: 

∙ If your child is excluded from school due to COVID-19 compatible symptoms, all  household members who are not fully vaccinated and attend the Bridgewater-Raritan  schools must be excluded from school until the symptomatic individual receives a  negative test result. 

∙ If the symptomatic individual receives a positive test result for COVID-19, quarantine is  required for all unvaccinated household members. Please contact the School Nurse for  further instructions. 

Acceptable Testing for Return to School: Rapid antigen or PCR (Note: A PCR test is  required if you are symptomatic and there was a known exposure to COVID in the past 14 days) 

Note: Home-based tests are not acceptable for return to school