The following comes from the desk of Jeanne Howe, Jefferson Township’s Superintendent of Schools:
Since my email to you on Friday, November 20, the district has been notified that three individuals at the high school tested positive for Covid-19. One is all remote. School staff members are coordinating with local health officials in conducting requisite contact tracing. The district continues to follow all NJ Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols in ensuring the health and safety of our community.
At this time, the middle school and high school students and teachers will temporarily move to all-virtual learning pending the investigation of the local health department for the remainder of this week. Monday, November 23 through Wednesday, November 25 will be all virtual for middle and high school. Because the two schools share space and staff, they are considered to be one building according to the health department. The principals of the middle and high school will send a follow-up message regarding any changes to the schedule. The hybrid schedule for all other schools remains the same. This is a fluid situation and we will notify the community when we receive additional information.
Also, the recommendations from the New Jersey Department of Health on how to respond to positive cases has been revised. The latest version can be found on the district website under the Return to School link. All revised information is highlighted.
I would like to reiterate that shifts to all-virtual learning may happen very quickly. I highly recommend to parents to have childcare plans solidified in the event that other schools must shift to all-virtual instruction.
- Because there has been a significant uptick in the incidence of Covid-19 in our community, we wish to remind all parents, staff, and students to continue following well-established Covid-19 safety measures, including:
- Proper and consistent use of a cloth face covering;
- Social distancing of six feet or more whenever possible;
- Frequent handwashing and hand sanitization;
- Respiratory etiquette for coughs and sneezes; and
- Staying home when ill.
If you have any questions regarding school policy related to Covid-19, please contact your child’s school. If you have concerns or questions regarding Covid-19, please visit Jefferson Township’s Covid-19 resource webpage at https://www.jeffersontownship.net/496/COVID-19-Resources or contact the Jefferson Township Health Department.