Return to in-person instruction - December 7, 2020

Dear Shore Center Families,

After a very thorough evaluation, consultations with health officials and a lot of thought, the Shore Center for Students with Autism will be returning for in-person instruction on Monday, December 7, 2020. Please keep in mind, the information that we receive changes daily. This decision could change at any time if we receive new cases or have a significant number of staff absences that would force us to be remote. As much as we all would love advance notice, time for planning, Covid-19 does not want to play by those rules. So, we will continue to evaluate and will communicate if there is any change to this decision.

I want to explain how we evaluate decisions such as switching to remote, quarantining, notification etc. When we are informed that someone is symptomatic, we immediately exclude that person from the school community and direct them to their medical provider. At this time, if anyone presents new symptoms of Covid (not I have allergies and have woken up congested every day of my life), they will be quarantined for 14 days (if tested) and 10 days (if not tested) from the onset of the symptoms. If the individual is tested and tests positive, contact tracing begins. Anyone who has been within 6 feet of that individual for 15 minutes or more within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, will be notified to quarantine and asked to seek medical attention or be tested. All others in the school community will be notified to monitor for symptoms.

Since we were remote, we have received 4 positive cases all of which had symptoms that started a great deal more than 48 hours after our last day of school 11/20/20. Those individuals will remain quarantined for 14 days from their onset of symptoms. We have also had 4 presumed positive cases. These are individuals that have come in contact with a confirmed positive individual but have not tested positive themselves. They will be quarantined for 14 days. Let me be clear, NONE of these 8 cases were symptomatic or would have been able to transmit the virus within the school community based on the timelines of the symptoms or exposure. Again, all of these individuals will remain out of school until they have completed their isolation and quarantine.

These decisions are not made lightly. As I stated in my opening, this situation is fluid and can change at any time. I know this situation continues to cause stress and anxiety, but we need to continue to follow our protocols and guidelines and make decisions based on the data that directly impacts our school.

Again, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. We will be in touch via email and school messenger if there is any change in our schedule.

Stay healthy, stay safe, stay kind!

Dr. Beams

Stay healthy. Stay safe. Stay KIND!!!
Tara Beams, Ed.D.
Acting Superintendent/CEO
Monmouth Ocean Educational Services Commission
Acting Superintendent
Bayshore Jointure Commission
900 Hope Road
Tinton Falls, NJ 07712