Remote Instruction to continue through October 16th
October 6, 2020
We have received the results confirming the rapid test and it was, in fact, positive.
I have been in contact with the Sussex County Department of Health. They have completed their contract tracing process and have notified everyone who was deemed to be a close contact of the COVID-19 positive individual. The notification process has concluded. Once again the notification process is done. Any areas of our schools associated with this matter have already been disinfected as appropriate.
Also, to make you aware, the positive case appears to be associated with contact from a member outside of the school community which was unrelated to school. The individual did not know their positive status until Sunday, was asymptomatic, and notified the District immediately. However, despite this, it has impacted our school operations as it has resulted in a significant number of individuals being required to quarantine which constrains our ability to operate. The most prudent response at this juncture is to continue full remote instruction for the duration of this week and next week. During that time, all students should continue to attend their classes virtually on a daily basis. School will resume for in person instruction on Monday, October 19th for Cohort A and on Tuesday, October 20th for Cohort B. As a reminder there will be no virtual instruction on Monday, October 12th in observance of Columbus Day.
If you have any questions about your childs remote instruction, please dont hesitate to contact your childs teacher or principal. Anyone who perceives that they may need medical care is encouraged to contact their medical provider. It is also important to note that each COVID-19 circumstance that we experience will be handled on a case by case basis and may not necessarily result in full remote instruction. However, I have reflected on this decision a great deal, consulted our nursing staff and our district physician, and have been in touch with the Department of Health. I feel it is prudent to take decisive action to neutralize this issue and ensure our health and safety. We apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused and thank you for your patience as we worked through this challenge together.
Earlier this evening I received information that an individual at the Clifton E. Lawrence School tested positive for COVID-19 today using a rapid test. I have contacted the Sussex County Department of Health and we are working closely with the individual to determine contact tracing. As a proactive measure, and out of an abundance of caution,
we have made the decision to close all schools to in person instruction tomorrow and Tuesday.
We will operate virtually on remote instruction Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week to give us time to better assess the circumstances with the Department of Health and await the results of confirmation testing of the rapid test. All students should attend their classes virtually on those days.
If you have any questions about your child’s remote instruction, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or principal. Anyone needing medical care is encouraged to contact their medical provider. I am closely monitoring the situation and will notify families if any additional actions need to be taken in the near future. As the parent of three young children, I know that receiving information like this from your child’s school may be disconcerting, but we will get through this together. As more information becomes available I will keep you informed.