WEST ESSEX REGIONAL SCHOOLS RETURNING TO REMOTE LEARNING on MONDAY AFTER CASES IN BOTh MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
WEST ESSEX REGIONAL SCHOOLS RETURNING TO REMOTE LEARNING AFTER CASES IN BOTH THE MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS
TUESDAY, OCT 13 UPDATE:
Late this afternoon, West Essex Regional Superintendent of Schools Damion Macioci announced that a total of eleven individuals from the West Essex High School and four individuals from the Middle School have now tested positive for a total of 15 positive cases within the West Essex Regional Schools District. The school has not given any indication as to whether these persons are Staff or Students.
After consulting with health officials the district has decided to continue teaching remotely for 14 days, and plans on reopening for in-person instruction on Monday, Oct. 26 instead of the original plan for Monday, Oct. 19. Additionally, the ACT test scheduled for Saturday, October 17 has been postponed and all sports and activities remain suspended.
Today's letter placed greater emphasis on the infection being spread through exposure outside the school setting, but noted that the investigation is still ongoing and calls for parents adhering to contact tracing efforts.
SUNDAY, OCT 11 UPDATE:
West Essex Regional Superintendent of Schools Damion Macioci has announced this afternoon that after continued contact tracing procedures, a total of eight individuals from the West Essex High School and three individuals from the Middle School have now tested positive. The school has not given any indication as to whether these persons are Staff or Students.
Macioci addressed a letter to the West Essex community and states it appears that the individuals continue to be infected due to households mixing during social occasions, and that we all play a role in protecting individuals from being exposed within our community.
West Essex School District opened for in-person learning on Monday. On Wednesday, West Essex Regional Superintendent of Schools Damion Macioci notified school families that three individuals who were present last week at the West Essex Middle School had tested positive for Covid-19 but the school would continue to remain open.
This morning, Macioci alerted families that staff members were in the process of contact tracing following an individual at the High School testing positive. Within hours it was determined that there were currently three individuals at the high school who have tested positive and the school district would be returning to remote teaching beginning Monday to allow for further contact tracing to take place. Any in-person extra-curricular activities and athletics have been suspended.
The district expects to return to hybrid learning beginning on Monday, Oct. 19.
West Essex Now reached out to the school district recently to ask for their assurance that households were not mixing through car-pooling, which would negate any effectiveness of social distancing within the school, but as yet there has not been a response.
Allison Freeman is the Manager of Communications and Community Outreach for the