BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Bridgewater-Raritan High School will be closed for 14 days, effective Friday, after a third person tested positive for COVID-19 at the school Thursday.

In an email sent to parents and staff Thursday evening, interim superintendent Thomas Ficarra said this latest positive test is in addition to the two individuals who tested positive earlier this week at the high school.

For that reason, Ficarra said in the message, all students at Bridgewater-Raritan High School will move to remote instruction for 14 days, effective Friday, Oct. 23. In addition, all athletic and extracurricular activities are canceled for the high school for 14 days.

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All other district schools will remain open on their regular hybrid schedule.

"It is important to note the district is in direct contact with the local health department officials on every incident related to COVID-19, and is coordinating closely with public health officials and following CDC, state and local health department guidance in order to assure the health and safety of our community," Ficarra said in the message.

During the duration of the closure, students will still be on a normal start time, bell schedule and rotation, just all remote while the building is closed for 14 days.

The full message from Ficarra is below:

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff: 

This letter is to inform you that one individual has tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 19) at Bridgewater-Raritan High School on October 22, 2020. This positive test is in addition to the two individuals who tested positive earlier this week at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. It is important to note the district is in direct contact with the local health department officials on every incident related to COVID-19 and is coordinating closely with public health officials and following CDC, state, and local health department guidance in order to assure the health and safety of our community. 

After working with the local health department to analyze the facts and circumstances of these cases and to complete contact tracing, we have decided to move all students at Bridgewater-Raritan High School to all remote instruction for 14 days effective Friday, October 23, 2020.

In addition, all athletic and extracurricular activities are canceled for the same duration.

All other district schools will remain open as normal on Friday, October 23, 2020.

We understand the level of concern regarding COVID-19. We encourage parents, students, and staff to continue following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) promoted safeguards, such as:

• Staying home when you are sick;

• Washing hands often with soap 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; and

• Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms. 

As always, we appreciate our community’s support and cooperation.  You can assist us by remaining vigilant, but sensible, in your approach to dealing with this health concern. We ask that parents rely on the school officials for accurate information about COVID-19.  Should you have any questions about this situation, please feel free to contact your child’s building principal. Below are some resources that may be helpful.

RESOURCES

NJDOH COVID-19 Information for Communities and the General Public: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Information for Communities and the General Public:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/ 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Thomas Ficarra

Interim Superintendent of Schools