2023-2024 Updated COVID-19 Guidelines

Testing Recommended for Students/Staff with COVID-19 Symptoms 

 COVID-19 Positive?
Complete the Positive Case Questionnaire


Regardless of vaccination or previous infection status, COVID-19 testing is recommended for anyone with symptoms.

Symptomatic individuals should consider getting tested for other respiratory illnesses that could be spread to others, such as flu. 

  1. Can return to school if fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and symptoms are improving.
  2. Contact your school nurse concerning Positive FLU or COVID-19 illness  and leave a detailed message on the absence line.        

COVID-19 Positive


Complete the Positive Case Questionnaire.

Ridgewood Public Schools recommends, based on NJDOH and CDC guidelines, that all COVID-19 Positive individuals stay home for days 1-5. Mask wearing is recommended on days 6-10.


If symptoms persist, guidelines recommend that the individual continue to isolate until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications and symptoms have improved. 
As with any illness, Ridgewood Public Schools' policy is for the student/staff member to remain home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications.

COVID-19 Positive


Complete the Positive Case Questionnaire.

RPS recommends that all COVID-19 positive individuals stay home for days 1-5. If symptom free, we recommend masking on days 6-10.

Athletic Participation after COVID-19 Positive 

Written medical clearance is no longer required to return to sports. However, it is recommended that athletes see a licensed provider after a COVID illness to ensure medical clearance.  

Students with a temperature equal to or greater than 100.4, vomiting, or diarrhea should stay home according to standard school policy. Students with a fever need to stay home for 24 hours after the last temperature of 100.4 or above, without fever-reducing medications. 

Common symptoms of COVID include (1) one of the following symptoms: new cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or new disorder of smell or taste; or (2) two of the following symptoms: fever (Temperature equal to or greater than 100.4 F), chills, shivers, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose. If your student has the above symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider. 

For more thorough guidance, visit the New Jersey Department of Health website.