WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School is switching to all remote learning for the next 14 days after six high school students tested positive for coronavirus, the superintendent said Wednesday.
The students contracted the virus as a result of exposures outside of school, and none of the cases appear to be connected to each other, Superintendent Margaret Dolan said in her update addressed to the school community.
“The health department is continuing to contact trace and any individual who is identified as a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be contacted,” Dolan said. “I am grateful that the families with positive cases were proactive in following health guidelines, keeping their students and siblings home and quarantined for the health of the community.”
Sports and extracurricular activities have also been suspended, she said.
The district plans to resume in-person, hybrid instruction on Oct. 1, Dolan said. The district’s nine other schools will continue to operate on their existing schedules, she said.
On Tuesday, Mayor Shelley Brindle had reported 11 new coronavirus cases in Westfield within the past week. The update did not detail the ages ranges of those cases or if any of those cases were students.
Two emails to a spokeswoman for the town were not returned as of this writing.
This is a developing story.