EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Following a recent announcement of an active COVID case that impacted 14 students and 9 teachers at Hammarskjold Middle School, Superintendent Dr. Victor Valeski announced today that there are concerns regarding a positive test result by a Frost student and "presumptive" positive results by a student at Churchill Junior High School and another at East Brunswick High School.
Here is the full text of his letter:
"Good Afternoon East Brunswick Community,
This is Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools with another EBPS update.
To the extent that I can, any communications related to positive COVID-19 and associated “close contact” notifications will be sent at 2 PM on the days they occur.
Today I must report:
A confirmed positive COVID test result for a Frost student.
Additionally, we have presumptive positive COVID’s for one Churchill student and one high school student.
When we identify “close contacts” we are following current CDC guidelines...less than six feet of distancing from a person with a positive COVID-19 test result for 15 minutes or longer. Close contacts for today’s events are:
Frost: 6 students and 3 staff
HMS: 2 additional staff from this past weekend’s exposure.
Churchill: 14 students and 16 staff
EBHS: 11 students and 8 staff
Among Athletics: 17 student athletes will quarantine for 14 days and an additional 53 student athletes will quarantine for 72 hours because they were contacts of “close contacts”.
I want to assure the EB community that we have taken immediate proactive measures to quarantine all “close contacts” relative to today’s cases. The number of identified students and staff is significant because it includes two presumptive cases that we are acting on out of extreme caution and for the protection of our schools’ populations.
None of the positive or presumptive COVID cases reported today are the result of person to person transmissions within our schools. We have documented that these transmissions have occurred outside of schools.
Today represents the scope of challenges we must overcome to continue operating our schools. I am confident, as we rapidly address positive COVID-19 cases in our schools and quarantine all known “close contacts”, we can continue to maintain the safe environment we have established in EBPS."