Editor's Note: This story has been edited to reflect one more positive case found at the middle school.
FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Flemington-Raritan Regional School District has received a notice of four more positive COVID-19 cases in the district, and has increased contact tracing in all schools, according to a letter from Superintendent Kari McGann.
McGann said one of the new positive cases is a student at Francis A. Desmares School, who was last in school Nov. 23; the second is a student at Reading-Fleming Intermediate School, who was last in school Nov. 24; the third is a teacher at J.P. Case Middle School, who was last in school Nov. 25; and the fourth is a student at J.P. Case who was last in school Nov. 23.
"There have been no recommendations yet from the Department of Health to alter our schedule for in-person learning," she said. "However, this weekend, the district managed an increase of contact tracing and COVID-19 management in all schools."
Because of that, McGann said, they have multiple students, staff and faculty quarantined due to COVID-19 level "orange, high risk" exclusion criteria.
"Parents should prepare alternative plans in the event that the DOH or the health and safety protocols advise an individual to quarantine or be excluded from school," she said. "The Flemington-Raritan Regional School District remains committed to our in-person program, but parents should be prepared to pivot to all-remote learning if the district cannot continue in-person instruction per NJDOE or NJDOH COVID-19 guidance."
Per local health and state recommendations, McGann said, the district is now required to complete contact tracing and exclude individuals reporting COVID-19 symptoms. Close contacts of a symptomatic individual have to be excluded through 14 days from the date of the last contact, or until the symptomatic individual receives an alternate diagnosis or tests negative for COVID-19.
McGann said that, as always, the district is not able to share any identifying information for any positive cases, but those in close contact with an ill person will be notified with quarantine instructions within 24 hours. The student will have access to remote instruction during that time.