EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Public Schools have responded to new CDC definition of "close contact" guidelines by making adaptations to the COVID-19 protocols already in place in the district's schools. A staff member who works in the Administration Building off Route 18 has tested positive for COVID, causing a quarantine in that person's department.
Here is the full text of the letter from East Brunswick Superintendent Dr. Valeski:
"Last evening we had our first positive COVID case within our Administration Building. The individual, along with the department they work in, will quarantine for 14 days. Because of our preplanning, the entire department can work remotely and district operations will not be impacted. We also have one high school student quarantining as a "close contact" to a positive COVID case outside of school.
On Thursday, the CDC revised their definition of a “close contact”. The clarification now states an accumulation of contacts that add up to 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, all occurring less than 6feet, with an individual known to have a positive COVID-19 lab test result, makes a "close contact". We immediately began applying the new CDC guidance standard.
As always, I am committed to keeping you informed and I appreciate that you will do the same for us. If you have been in the presence of someone you just discovered has a positive case of COVID, you are a "close contact" if your interactions were within six feet and you think the total time of all your encounters was 15 minutes or longer...and you will need to quarantine for 14 days. Beyond testing and wearing masks, rapid communication reinforces our defense against the spread of COVID within our school community.
Thank you for everything you have done so far to help us create and maintain a safe environment in EBPS. Let's keep it up!"