Today we were informed that a student at Central High School and a staff member at the Timberlane Middle School tested positive for COVID. The last time these individuals were in school were Thursday, November 12, and Tuesday, November 17, 2020 (respectively) and were asymptomatic. Based on contact tracing, these individuals were already self-quarantining due to out of school exposures and we do not believe the individuals were infectious while they were in either of the buildings.
We are being overly cautious with this notification in an effort to make sure everyone is aware of the status of cases in our school community; however, we are hearing rumors about either fully remote students and/or individuals who are self quarantining have tested positive or self diagnosing without a test. We are doing our best to manage and communicate all school based cases, and we ask that you contact your school nurse so that we can track the potential impact in our schools.
Given the current increase in cases in New Jersey, please help protect all of us by monitoring your family members for symptoms. Students and staff should stay home if they have:
Tested positive (viral test) for COVID-19.
Awaiting test results (even if there has been a negative rapid test).
If someone in your household is being tested for COVID-19 due to illness or has COVID like symptoms (they may return if test results are negative).
Exhibiting any COVID-19 compatible symptoms.
Close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
Potential exposure to a person COVID-19.
Travelled to an area with high levels of COVID-19 transmission in the past 14 days:
We appreciate your support and cooperation. You can assist us by remaining vigilant, but sensible, in your approach to dealing with this health concern.