EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Superintendent Victor Valeski sent this message home to the school community on Friday afternoon.  It concerns one positive case of COVID-19 affecting a varsity athlete.  He also announced that Hatikvah Charter School will be providing only remote instruction until October 26, quarantining since the positive testing of two students.

Here is the full text of Dr. Valeski's letter:

"We have just been informed that one of our varsity athletes has a lab confirmed positive case of COVID-19.  The team will quarantine for our mandatory 14-day period. The student athlete has not been part of our hybrid learning model and has not been in school.  

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Based on guidance I received yesterday from the Middlesex Department of Health and CDC, we will no longer need to quarantine any contacts of “close contacts” for 72 hours so our quarantine group will be confined exclusively to our varsity team.   

Again, we have one athlete with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 and the rest of the team members are being quarantined as “close contacts” per NJDOH and CDC guidelines.

Additionally, we were informed today that Hatikvah International Academy Charter School in EB is moving to remote instruction until October 26th because two of their students tested positive for COVID-19.  I confirmed that neither student is an EB resident nor did they ride our district-provided buses.

This serves as an important reminder for all of us as we begin another weekend of activities outside of school...if your child or any member of your family is exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or even the flu, please keep your child home from school until they have been examined and cleared by a physician.   Thank you for what you are continuing to do, as a community, to ensure we can keep our schools open."

*Editors' note:  Neither the athlete nor the team has been identified out of an abundance of care for the privacy and welfare of the students involved in the quarantine.  Any student with a cause for concern has been notified directly by the East Brunswick Public Schools.