OAS and CHS positive cases 3/12/21
Dear Cranford community,
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the District was notified that two individuals at OAS and three individuals at CHS tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating. The District continues to work closely with public health officials in order to assure the health and safety of our community. Please be advised that one of the individuals who tested positive at OAS has not been in school since February 24 and the other individual who tested positive at OAS has not been in school since March 5. Based on the timing of both cases, there are no close contacts at OAS. Please be further advised that one of the individuals who tested positive at CHS participates through fully remote learning, and therefore, there are no close contacts at the school. Another individual at CHS who tested positive has not been in school since March 3, and based on the timing of the case, there are no close contacts in the school. The third individual who tested positive at CHS has not been in school since March 4 and contact tracing confirmed that there are no close contacts at the school. As per the NJ Department of Health, close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
In addition, parents/guardians of any student at CHS who have one or more classes with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 have already been notified.
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
Immediately notifying your child’s school if they have a positive COVID-19 test result
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.
Wear a mask, Wash your hands, Watch your distance