School COVID-19 Dashboard

To Our School Board Community:

We have been trying to anticipate and quickly respond to your questions during this time, given the unprecedented challenges presented to our Boards related to COVID-19. We wanted to bring to your attention a new data set on the New Jersey State Website COVID-19 Dashboard. The State is now reporting County School COVID-19 cases on its COVID-19 Dashboard. Under New Jersey Law N.J.A.C. 6A: 16-2.2 (d), each school district shall immediately report by telephone to the health officer of the jurisdiction in which the school  is located any communicable diseases identified as reportable pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:57-1, whether confirmed or presumed. The Dashboard breaks down County School cases into two categories (1) Confirmed outbreaks traced to in-school transmission by LHD investigation and (2) Cases linked to confirmed outbreaks associated with in-school transmission. The link can be found here.

Our e-mails about recent developments are not intended to substitute for our legal advice to our clients based on your specific needs or requests.  In addition, our guidance is subject to, and can be superseded by new laws, rules, regulations, or orders.  Moreover, some directives from the Federal and State authorities can appear, and can be, contradictory or in conflict, so please contact us for assistance. As always, please contact us with any questions. We will continue to do our best to keep you updated in the coming days and weeks.