SUMMIT, NJ - In an emailed communication addressed to the "Summit Community," Superintendent of Schools Scott Hough has announced that a Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School student has tested positive for COVID-19. According to Hough, the student is "currently self-isolating" and the District is "working closely with public health officials, who are conducting contact tracing and will communicate directly with those individuals who may have been exposed to this student."

Hough goes on to note that, "The Department of Health will advise those families accordingly. Please be aware that because of student confidentiality, we cannot provide additional information."

In the letter, the Superintendent reminds the community that, "any student, staff member, or other individual who experiences symptoms associated with COVID-19 should contact their health care provider immediately. If you have any questions, please call NJ COVID-19 & Poison Center Public Hotline at 1-800-962-1253 or 1-800-222-1222 or visit www.cdc.gov or www.nj.gov/health. "

Hough concluded by stating, "As always, we appreciate our community’s support and cooperation. You can assist us by remaining vigilant, but sensible in your approach in dealing with this health concern. We recognize that a positive COVID-19 case so early in the school year is unsettling. We are hopeful that the mitigation measures we have in place, such as the universal masking, barriers on student desks, and other precautions, will have their intended effect and reduce or minimize the risk of transmission in the school environment. Thank you for your ongoing patience and flexibility."