We are grateful to have everyone back in school this year, and thank you for your continued patience and support as we gear up for the new school year.
The CDC, State of New Jersey, Archdiocese, and our SHP Covid-19 Task Force have shaped the protocols for the start of the 2021-2022 school year at The Prep. Below you will find information on a variety of topics relating to the start of the school year. As always, as the situation evolves we will make modifications and communicate them to you.
- Student & Faculty Vaccination Poll Results
- According to our voluntary survey sent to parents, faculty, and staff earlier this summer, we are pleased to share that 82% of our student population is or will be fully vaccinated, and 94% of our administration and faculty are or will be fully vaccinated by September 8, 2021.
- Full Time Instruction for All Students:
- Seton Hall Prep, like every school in the Archdiocese and all public schools in the state, will operate fully in-person for all students. We will continue to utilize all sanitation methods employed last year for the safety of our community.
- No Remote Option: As of today, we are not planning to offer Remote Learning. This means that if a student is out for an extended period of time due to testing positive for Covid-19 (or any other illness or injury), or is contact traced and must quarantine, he will obtain and submit his work through the portal. Teachers will work closely with students who are out for an extended period of time and make sure that all work is made up and complete. This includes all assignments, tests and quizzes. More directions on this will be forthcoming.
- Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 251 on August 6, 2021, making mask wearing mandatory indoors for staff, students, and visitors. This will remain in effect until such time as the Governor rescinds the order and the Archdiocese gives further direction regarding mask wearing in schools.
- Per the Governor's Executive Order, masks may be removed indoors when, among other listed circumstances, wearing one would inhibit the individual's health, such as in extreme heat, or when the individual is engaged in activity that cannot physically be performed while wearing a mask, such as eating or drinking, or playing a musical instrument that would be obstructed by a face mask.
- Masks must be worn on transportation including busses and trains. We also strongly encourage masks if you are carpooling.
- Contact Tracing:
The CDC provides the following guidance regarding close contacts:
- In the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.
- Daily Screening
- Although we will not require submission of a daily screening app, we trust that parents will monitor their sons for signs of illness every day. Students who are sick should not attend school.
- Lunch: We will have lunch this year. Students should eat with the same group as often as possible. There will be limited seating in the Dining Hall, outside (weather permitting), Tracey Gymnasium, and any supervised classroom not in use during lunch. Note, the front entrance to 120 Northfield Avenue will be closed from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm each day to allow our students more outdoor eating locations. Our school security cameras are well positioned to help identify close contacts should a positive case arise.
Our faculty and staff are committed to prioritizing the safety and wellness of all of our students. We look forward to a successful 2021-2022 school year.