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CHS Positive Case 10/18

October 18, 2020 
Positive Case at CHS

Dear Cranford community,
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that a student at Cranford High School has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently self-isolating.  The District is working closely with public health officials in order to assure the health and safety of our community.  The Township Health Office, who is conducting contact tracing, will communicate directly with those individuals who have been identified as close contacts of this student and will advise those families accordingly.  As per the NJ Department of Health, close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of someone with suspected or known COVID-19 for at least 10 consecutive minutes. 
As a result of the positive case, Cranford High School will transition to full remote learning tomorrow, Monday, October 19,  to provide time for a deep cleaning and disinfecting of the building and to conduct the contact tracing.   Please note the results of the contact tracing will assist the Department of Health in providing guidance on when Cranford High School can resume in-person instruction.   In the meantime, the Township Health Department has verified that, at the present time, all other District schools should continue to operate on their current schedules.
I recognize that many of you would like more detailed information about the case or contacts of the case. The information I am providing you here has been composed in consultation with and vetted by the Department of Health, and I am not in a position to comment further.  We are hopeful that the mitigation measures we have in place, such as universal masking, screening procedures, social distancing, enhanced cleaning procedures, and other precautions, will have their intended effect and reduce or minimize the risk of transmission in the school environment.  We encourage parents and students to continue following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention promoted safeguards, such as:
  • Staying home when you are sick;
  • Washing hands often for at least 20 seconds;
  • Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
  • Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils;
  • Practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart);
  • Wearing a face covering while in school; and
  • Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms
As always, we appreciate your support and cooperation.  Moving forward, you can assist us by remaining vigilant but sensible in your approach to dealing with this health concern.  Thank you for your ongoing patience and flexibility as we continue to make our way through this school year.  I will continue to keep you informed to the greatest extent possible. 
Scott Rubin