BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- One class at Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center (MKM) has transitioned to all remote learning because a student has symptoms of COVID-19 and has been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of the virus.
The announcement was made by Superintendent of Schools Melissa Varley, via a letter posted on the district’s Facebook page yesterday, Tuesday, Oct. 20. She wrote “the district was notified today that an individual at MKM is currently exhibiting symptoms and has had direct contact with another individual who has reported a confirmed case of Covid-19 … this individual will begin a 14-day quarantine.” Dr, Varley wrote that the decision to quarantine the student was made after consulting with the "student's family" and the Union County Department of Health.
All students and staff members who spent more than 10 minutes within six feet of the student will also begin a 14-day quarantine, leading the administration to conclude that the entire class should switch to “fully remote instruction until the quarantine is ended, or more information becomes available,” Dr. Varley wrote.
Before the letter was published on Facebook, the district notified all the students, staff and families who were impacted by the change.
No additional information about the student was provided, in accordance with privacy concerns. Before students and staff return to the classroom, “all of the established protocols for cleaning and disinfecting will be completed according to the district guidelines and CDC recommendations,” Dr. Varley wrote.
No other information was available at this time.