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District Health Update - 12/22/2021


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Good Afternoon,

Before I begin, I want to wish all the families of Secaucus, as well as our wonderful, hardworking staff, Happy Holidays! 

This will be my last District Health Update for 2021. My next correspondence will include an updated COVID case count and the next set of FAQs that remain in our Parent Communication Form queue. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out at:

In our state over the past week, our daily rate for COVID-19 cases has nearly doubled. We have also seen a sharp rise in cases in our district. This week, we have had an additional 21 cases reported to us, making the yearly total 77 since the start of the school year. This is a significant weekly increase. However, many of the cases have been contained and, through quarantining, there have been no additional positive cases spread in our classrooms. 

Many families have reached out to ask why the district decided to transition to ½ days for the first week of January. Without direction from the county health department and state authorities, our school district is not allowed to transition to virtual instruction. Our cases have risen recently but do not warrant a total closure of our school district. To limit the removal of masks in the classroom, we have decided it is in the best interest of our school community to transition to a week of one-session days upon returning in January. There will be no lunch provided and there will be no snack breaks in the classroom during these four-hour school days. However, students who would like breakfast will be provided one from our cafeteria. In addition, the students who will attend aftercare in our elementary schools can bring their lunches to eat in a designated area after school lets out. Our aftercare program has been informed of these half-days and we are currently working with them to prepare for that week. 

I apologize for any inconvenience this schedule may cause the families in our district. However, I fear that if no action is taken, our cases will rise to a level that will cause the health department to close us for a minimum of 10 days. 

As always, thank you for your ongoing support. 

Happy Holidays, 

Dr. Daniela Riser

Acting Superintendent of Schools

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