ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of elementary school student Daniela Genaro after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials said it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's passing."

In a second letter today by Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer issued an update to parents:: 

All Elizabeth schools are open and clean. You should feel comfortable in sending your child to school tomorrow. We continue to do everything possible to make the schools safe, healthy learning environments. We have communicated via District website, Facebook, automated phone calls, e-mail and by other media. We are communicating in multiple languages. Our communications have centered on health, safety and flu prevention. Letters and flu prevention information will be sent home tomorrow with your children. 

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All schools have been sanitized each day since the Fall with a Neutral Disinfectant DS-1 which is effective in removing all pathogens. In addition, all buses are being sanitized as well. We took additional steps in sanitizing Nicholas LaCorte – Peterstown School No. 3 today. We continue to be in communication with the Elizabeth Health Department which is working towards scheduling additional health clinics to provide the flu vaccine. Additional details will be provided as soon as possible.

Grief counseling will be available for students on Tuesday, Feb. 20, and the school has scheduled a meeting with parents. Officials urge that if your child is showing any signs of the flu, see a medical professional. If a child has a fever, he or she should remain home. Symptoms associated with the flu can include: 

  • high sudden onset of fever
  • cough
  • sore throat  
  • runny or stuffy nose 
  • severe body aches  
  • headache  
  • chills 
  • tiredness  
  • sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

The family of Daniela Genaro has set up a go fund me page to help pay for the child's funeral expenses at https://www.gofundme.com/rqarw-funeral-services-for-daniela-genaro