BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The district is reporting two more positive COVID-19 cases at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, as of Tuesday.

The school is currently closed, and doing remote learning only until Nov. 9, while the rest of the district remains open.

Based upon a consultation with the local health department, according to interim superintendent Thomas Ficarra in his letter to the community, all individuals who are required to quarantine have already been contacted.

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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," he said in the letter.

According to a case list from the district, as of Tuesday, there are currently no positive cases at Adamsville, Bradley Gardens, Crim, Hamilton, John F. Kennedy, Milltown, Van Holten and Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School. There has been one positive case at Hillside, one case at Eisenhower, six cases at the high school and one member of the district support staff diagnosed.

Below is Ficarra's message in its entirety:

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff: 

We have had two additional positive cases of COVID-19 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. 

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/  

Linked here is a table of the positive COVID-19 cases by school to date at Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Thomas Ficarra
Interim Superintendent of Schools