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District COVID Update

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Good Afternoon,


I hope everyone is doing well and preparing to celebrate the holiday season next week. I know that our students, staff, and faculty will welcome the opportunity to rest and relax during their upcoming break. 


It has come to my attention that there has been an increase of posts on social media, in addition to numerous calls and emails to the board office, about alleged COVID-19 breakout cases around the district. We have not released information on any of these cases as of yet, so you can not be sure that these stories are entirely true. Please do not automatically believe what you hear through the grapevine or through social media posts as it can spread misinformation and cause unnecessary panic. 


There was a COVID-19 case that affected the girl's basketball team, causing the entire team to be quarantined. During that time, other cases arose, making that our first “outbreak” in the district since the start of the school year. Fortunately, all of those students were quarantined as soon as the positive case was discovered and did not result in any other positive cases in the district outside of that team. 


There was another faculty case that required some staff, who were in close contact with a positive case, to get tested out of precaution. This was a district and county health department decision and should be no cause for concern. As the CDC recommends, “If you've had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don't have symptoms.” (www.cdc.gov) No students were required to quarantine because of this case and we believe that there are no breakthrough cases as a result. 


Please note that our state is now in the “orange” zone, which means state-wide COVID-19 cases are now at “high”. As stated in the previously released document that was sent out, quarantine timelines are dependent on the state “hot spot” zone and are subject to change. Governor Murphy recently announced that quarantine periods will now be 14 days for unvaccinated individuals that travel outside of the country or state, with the exception of New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. We ask that you plan your holiday break accordingly as your child will be required to quarantine upon their return from any trips taken if they are unvaccinated. Virtual instruction will be provided for them if they are required to quarantine in the new year.


A new “District Health Report'' and an updated “FAQ” will be sent out this Friday. If you have any other questions that you would like to have answered, please feel free to ask your question(s) here: https://forms.gle/n5S2GMx1Din91KQf8 


Be Well,

Dr. Daniela Riser

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