NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Board of Education reported that two New Providence High School students have tested positive for COVID-19, said Mayor Al Morgan on Saturday.

On August 13, New Providence High School issued a letter notifying staff and parents/guardians of a student that has tested positive for COVID-19. "This student was immediately excluded from all school activities and the local health department was notified," the letter stated. The letter also said that no other students or staff have been exposed at New Providence High School.

"The State and the Board of Health have not yet reported this information to the Borough of New Providence," Mayor Al Morgan said. "Except for these two newly reported cases, the State and Board of Health has not reported any cases to us, nor are we aware of any other cases of COVID-19 in New Providence." 

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He further said, "It is our policy to only report confirmed information from the State and Board of Health, however, to expedite communications and have everyone heed extra precautions, we feel it is imperative to report this information. Please follow all COVID-19 safety protocols outlined by the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html. We will update as soon as we have more information and confirmation of COVID-19 cases within our community."

Related article: Picture of Future Schools, Education Laid Out amid Pandemic. New Providence School District announced a hybrid schedule for the students returning to school in September. Masks and temperature checks will be required and there will be limited social interactions. Superintendent David Miceli along with the administrative team laid out the basic reopening plan for the next school year at the Thursday, July 23 Board of Education (BOE) meeting.

The New Providence Board of Education will next meet on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.