PARAMUS, NJ – Before the public budget hearing, the superintendent announced the elementary grades will be back in school, fully, on May 10, as the district, and this region in Bergen County, goes from high risk covid transmission to moderate risk.
Superintendent Sean Adams told the Board of Education on May 3 that there is also a change in the quarantine protocols.
“It used to be you had to quarantine for 14 days if you came in contact with a person who had contracted covid,” he said. “But now, 10 days is the maximum quarantine.”
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There is also an option to test out of quarantine, Adams said, if you test negative between day 5 and 7. You can return to full activities on day 7. Rapid tests are acceptable.
Adams then reviewed the past year, going through the various covid phased-in openings and then explained to the Board of Education how his administration is preparing for opening the schools, fully, in September 2021. That readiness is based in the $100,443,600 budget for the 2021-2022 school year.
Administrators went through the full budget, explaining how they will maintain all programs and enhance mental health initiatives and take care of the various school buildings with repair and maintenance projects.
The budget affords $2,183,620 more in spending than the prior year, a 2.37% increase. The district received $634,108 more in state aid this year, as well.
For a housed assessed at $300,000, the homeowner will pay $48 more annually than last year.