CRANFORD - Superintendent of Cranford Public Schools Dr. Scott Rubin announced Tuesday that an elementary student in Hillside Avenue School has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to Dr. Rubin, the District is working closely with public health officials in order to assure the health and safety of the community. The Township Health Office, who is conducting contact tracing, will communicate directly with those individuals who may have been exposed to this student and will advise those families accordingly.
Families in that classroom have already been notified that school will not take place for those students in-person Tuesday, September 29, 2020, while the Township Health Office looks into the matter and conducts contact tracing. The District is also currently conducting an additional deep cleaning of the classroom. In the meantime, the Township Health Department has verified that, at the present time, the rest of Hillside Avenue School and all other District schools should continue to operate on their current schedules.
"I also recognize that many of you would like more detailed information about the case or contacts of the case," said Dr. Rubin. "The information I am providing you here has been composed in consultation with and vetted by the Department of Health, and I am not in a position to comment further. We are hopeful that the mitigation measures we have in place, such as universal masking, screening procedures, social distancing, enhanced cleaning procedures, and other precautions, will have their intended effect and reduce or minimize the risk of transmission in the school environment."
Dr. Rubin also encourages parents and students to continue following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention promoted safeguards, such as:
- Staying home when you are sick
- Washing hands often for at least 20 seconds
- Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues
- Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils
- Practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart)
- Wearing a face covering while in school
- Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms
"As always, we appreciate your support and cooperation," added Dr. Rubin. "Moving forward, you can assist us by remaining vigilant but sensible in your approach to dealing with this health concern. Thank you for your ongoing patience and flexibility as we continue to make our way through this school year."