BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Interim Superintendent Thomas Ficarra has reached out to parents, guardians and staff after three individuals in the school community have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Ficarra, one of the individuals was from Hillside Intermediate and two were from Bridgewater-Raritan High School.

Ficarra declined to say whether these were students or teachers.

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"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 to the community.

Ficarra said that, based upon a consultation with the local health department, all individuals who are required to quarantine have been contacted.

"We understand the level of concern regarding COVID-19," he said in the note.

Below is Ficarra's letter in its entirety:

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff: 

I have found the need to send this communication in an effort to be transparent related to COVID-19 in our district. We recently have had three positive cases of individuals that have impacted our school communities. One of the individuals was from Hillside Intermediate School and two were from 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. 

Based upon our consultation with the local health department, all individuals required to quarantine have already been contacted. 

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