NUTLEY, NJ - Superintendent of Schools Dr. Julie Glazer and Athletic Director Joe Piro announced that Nutley Raiders the football game scheduled for Sat. Nov. 14 against Montclair is canceled following a positive COVID-19 test of an individual associated with the Nutley team.
The letter to the Nutley community letter,"Contact tracing has begun, conducted in conjunction with the Health Department, to identify individuals in the football program who have had close contact with the positive individual. Close contact is defined as closer than six feet for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period."
The letter continued, "Unfortunately, the contact was found to be broad and far-reaching due to the nature of the sport. Because of the number of close contacts to the positive case, we have no choice, but to cancel Saturday’s football game against Montclair, and next Saturday’s game against Riverdell. These games cannot be rescheduled."
News about Saturday's game follows news from both school districts extending the period of virtual instruction for all students.
Montclair Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Ponds sent a letter to the community in which he wrote, "Based on regional risk factors and in close consultation with the Montclair Health Department, our school doctor and medical team, we are unable to commence in-person instruction on November 16."
"It is with a heavy heart that we must continue with fully remote instruction for all students until it is safe to change course. The health of our community, students and staff is paramount and pausing our hybrid plan at this time is in the best interest of public health due to the increase in the rate of infection." Ponds continued.
On Monday, the Nutley Board of Education held an emergency open public meeting, at that time it was announced that grades in which hybrid (virtual / in-person) instruction is in place will continue up to the Thanksgiving holiday. Nutley students in grades 7 through 12, who were originally scheduled to return to in-person in instruction Monday Nov. 16, will not be returning to the classroom this year.
The next meeting of the Nutley BOE is Dec. 21, 2020. In Montclair, the superintendent set Dec.1 as the date in which the situation will be reevaluated.
On Wednesday, NJ Gov. Phil Murphy reported 3,078 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. In Essex County, 36 new cases were reported. The governor also reported 15 new COVID-19 deaths in the state.