HOLMDEL, NJ - In what is emerging as the 'newer normal', New Jersey residents realize that the novel coronavirus may be around for a long time and people simply need to adjust and co-exist with it. Holmdel Schools are experiencing it first hand with a positive case and the issuance of a new travel advisory that impacts a student's timely start of school.
In a public letter sent to parents, the Superintendent shared news of a positive COVID-19 test result for a student on the boys high school basketball team. A contact tracing program has been activated. "At this time, the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission has not completed tracing, so we do not know how many people may have been exposed prior to the District being notified." said Holmdel Superintendent Lee Seitz.
"Rather than cancel summer workouts for all teams, we will follow current State guidelines which call for a quarantine of all team members and coaches of the basketball team. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and if Holmdel experiences a spike in COVID-19 cases, we will need to strongly consider a suspension of summer workouts, co-curricular activities and the fall sports season. That’s one reason why it is so important for all students to follow the CDC and State guidelines at all times."
Families who are uncomfortable sending a child to summer workouts or other activities do not have to do so and there is no penalty for missing summer workouts, or activities such as band.
Additionally, the Superintendent has issued a release that dovetails with the travel ban advisory from the State of New Jersey. New Jersey has listed 31 states as those requiring a 14 day quarantine on arrival home. This can have major implications on a timely start to the new school year. You can read the letter here:
Covid 19 Travel Alert
July 24, 2020
Office of the Superintendent
In light of the travel advisories enacted by the State of New Jersey that now apply to 31 states (see list below), the District is asking parents and staff to organize their travel plans accordingly. We have been advised by local health officials that students and staff who travel to one of the 31 states must self-quarantine for a full 14 days prior to starting school. A negative virus test does not supersede the quarantine period, so students or staff will not be able to attend the opening day of the school year if they return from any of these states after September 1.
The same travel advisory applies to student athletes and students in co-curricular activities, such as Band. Any student who travels to one of the 31 states listed below must self-quarantine for a full 14 days before returning to a practice or training session with other students or staff members.
Dr. Lee Seitz Interim Superintendent of Schools
Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.