EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick School District Superintendent Dr. Victor Valeski issued a statement on Tuesday regarding the status of three confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the East Brunswick Public Schools. Though the cases were not transmitted within the schools, they affect students and teachers at East Brunswick High School's Team Three who have been quarantined as "close contacts." Other students and teachers have been designated as "close contact" status as a result of their being impacted through playing sports with infected students from other schools.
Here is the complete statement from Dr. Valeski:
"Today, I must report we have three confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 impacting EBPS. It is extremely important for you to know these positive COVID cases were not from transmissions within our schools. They occurred outside of school. I believe we have created very safe environments in all our facilities, with robust cleaning and sanitizing, supported by our well-thought-out protocols.
One case had direct contact with selected teachers and students on Team Three at EBHS and that resulted in 10 teachers and 27 students being quarantined as “close contacts”. This illustrates the far-reaching impact a singular positive COVID case can have on our schools and our ability to safely remain open.
Additionally, we have two cases from local athletic teams, not related to EB schools, testing positive for COVID-19, and they have in turn created “close contacts” at Central, Chittick, Lawrence Brook and Memorial Elementary Schools, as well as Hammarskjold Middle School which includes our ELA, Before Care and After School Kids programs.
All impacted staff and students have been notified and placed in quarantine. I cannot overemphasize the critical nature of immediate reporting of either positive COVID-19 test results or "close contact" situations outside of school. If your child or family has been in the presence of a known positive COVID-19 individual or family, keep your children home and call us immediately so that we can guide you with next steps for your child’s reentry to school. If your child presents flu-like symptoms, please keep them and their siblings home until they have been evaluated and cleared by a physician.
Thank you for your continued vigilance and support in this critical effort."