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COVID-19 Notification CHS 12/21
Thomas Smith
Monday, December 21, 2020

This morning we were informed that two staff members at Central High School tested positive for COVID-19. The last time the staff members were in school was Friday, December 18, and the staff members were asymptomatic. Based on the information we have received, there was no school-based transmission, and we are not aware of any members of our school community who are considered close contacts in either of these cases. We appreciate both staff members’ adherence to our policies as well as their immediate and open communication with the district.

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.  We are doing our best to manage and communicate all school-based cases, and we ask that you contact your school nurse in the event of a positive test result 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. When we return to hybrid instruction in mid-January, 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 with COVID-19
  • Traveled to an area with high levels of COVID-19 transmission in the past 14 days:  
  • NJ travel advisory list   
  • International travel advisory

We appreciate your support and cooperation. You can assist us by remaining vigilant, but sensible, in your approach to dealing with this health concern.