Positive COVID-19 cases: 17 at CHS, 3 at OAS, 2 at BAS, 4 at HAS, 2 at WAS, 5 at BPS and 1 at BOE Central Office - 12/22/21
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that seventeen individuals at CHS, three individuals at OAS, two individuals at BAS, four individuals at HAS, two individuals at WAS, five individuals at BPS, and an individual at BOE Central Office tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently 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 based on the timing of one of the cases at BAS, one of the cases at CHS, and all five of the cases at BPS, there were no close contacts created at any of these schools. Please be further advised that contract tracing has already been completed for OAS, HAS, WAS, BOE Central office, and for twelve of the cases at CHS, and it has been confirmed that there were no close contacts created at any of these schools. Additionally, the District has already communicated directly with any individual who has been identified as a close contact of the four individuals at CHS and one of the individuals at BAS who tested positive, and advised those families accordingly. 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. Exception: In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) where both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.
In addition, parents/guardians of any individual who has one or more classes with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 have already been notified. Please be further advised that the individuals at CHS who tested positive either have lunch in the auditorium, the upper gym or the large cafeteria.
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