EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - It seems that East Brunswick students are following the rules for the new educational world in which they live. They are learning to "self-report " when they have been compromised by contact with infected persons, says Dr. Victor Valeski. Today, two students at East Brunswick High School self-reported their own close-contacts outside of school.
Here is the letter Dr. Valeski sent to the EBHS community today:
Earlier this morning we had two separate high school student self reports with “close contacts”, of individuals testing positive for COVID-19, outside of school. Close contact is defined by the CDC as being less than six feet from a person testing positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or longer. Following our protocol, the students have moved to virtual learning until their 14-day quarantine periods expire. All EBPS staff who had contact with these students this past Tuesday and Wednesday have been notified. We believe the risk in these cases are minimal, but we treat each case like these with the highest degree of caution. Again, there is no report of any student testing positive for COVID-19. These are two independent self reported close contacts.
Another reason for my communication is to reinforce that self reporting is working and if we build a culture that promotes immediate notification of any “close contact”, we will have the capacity to keep our entire school district population safer...and that means we can keep our schools open. This directly impacts our ability to begin to consolidate cohorts and bring more students into schools when state guidance and science permits us to do so.
As we complete our first week, thank you to everyone for supporting our collective efforts to reopen East Brunswick Public Schools. As I visit schools I see everyone following the plan we created. That makes me proud and as a community you should be proud too because you are integral partners in our continued success. Help us by being vigilant over the weekend and into next week. Early notification of close contacts equals a safer school environment.