FLEMINGTON, NJ - Flemington-Raritan Regional School District Superintendent Kari McGann reported a notice of a positive COVID-19 case of a staff member at Copper Hill School.

McGann said the staff member was last present in the school Nov. 19.

At this point, there has been no recommendation from the Department of Health to change the schedule for in person learning, but the district has been managing an increase of contact tracing and COVID-19 case management in all schools, McGann said.

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"We have multiple students, staff and faculty quarantined due to the COVID-19 level 'orange-high risk' exclusion criteria," she said. "Parents should prepare alternative plans in the event that the DOH or the health and safety protocols advice an individual to quarantine or be excluded from school."

McGann said the district remains committed to the in-person program, but parents should be prepared to pivot to all-remote learning if necessary.

McGann said that in consultation with the local health department and per state recommendation, the district is now required to complete contact tracing and exclude individuals reporting COVID-19 symptoms. Close contacts of a symptomatic individual will need to be excluded through 14 days from the date of the last contact or until there is an alternate diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test.

"Any student or staff member who experiences symptoms must remain at home," she said. "The requirements of the New Jersey Department of Health’s restrictions while operating under the 'orange-high risk' category restrict activities and require preventative and control measures."

McGann said parents should not send children to school if they have given fever-reducing medication or if the child is symptomatic with COVID-19 symptoms.

"If it is confirmed that a symptomatic child is present in school, the district may need to send an entire classroom of students and the teacher home to quarantine," she said. "It is critical that every staff member and student take all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19."

McGann said the district is not able to share any additional identifying information about any positive cases. Those who have been in close contact with an ill person will receive quarantine instructions within 24 hours, and students who are required to quarantine for 14 days will have access to the remote instruction program.