CLARK, NJ – Clark saw 44 new cases of COVID-19 in the township as of Friday according to the Health Officer Nancy Raymond. This trend mirrors New Jersey’s rise in the number of people testing positive.
Some of this week’s cases caused ripple effects in the Clark Public School system. On November 18, Superintendent Ed Grande moved Carl H. Kumpf Middle School students to remote learning after a reported case in that school required multiple staff members to quarantine. Current shortages in substitute teachers made it impossible to fully staff the school otherwise. The school was to remain on a remote-instruction through Wednesday, November 25.
On Friday, Grande sent a second letter to inform parents and guardians that all district schools would switch to fully remote learning for the week after Thanksgiving break due to the rising cases and the likelihood that students would be traveling and visiting others over the holiday break.
Grande sent one a final letter for the week on Saturday, switching Arthur L. Johnson High School to a fully remote schedule prior to Thanksgiving too, due to a positive case in a student and the same challenges to obtaining adequate substitute teachers.
In all school related cases Grande reported that there have been no cases of spread identified within the school population. “To date, we have not had any additional positive cases arise from a positive case in school,” said Grande in his letters related to schools moving to remote instruction.