CRANFORD - A student at Cranford High School has tested positive for COVID-19, Superintendent Dr. Scott Rubin announced Wednesday night.
According to Dr. Rubin's email, Cranford High School will transition to full remote learning Thursday, September 24, and Friday, September 25, to provide time for a deep cleaning and disinfecting of the building. The Township Health Office, who is conducting contact tracing, will communicate directly with those individuals who may have been exposed to this student and will advise those families accordingly.
The results of the contact tracing will assist the Department of Health in providing guidance on when Cranford High School can resume in-person instruction. In the meantime, the Township Health Department has verified that, at the present time, all other District schools should continue to operate on their current schedules.
"I recognize that the emergence of COVID-19 cases so early in the school year is unsettling, especially after so many of you expressed joy and relief to be back in school," Dr. Rubin said in his email. "I also recognize that many of you would like more detailed information about the case or contacts of the case. The information I am providing you here has been composed in consultation with and vetted by the Department of Health, and I am not in a position to comment further. We are hopeful that the mitigation measures we have in place, such as universal masking, screening procedures, social distancing, enhanced cleaning procedures, and other precautions, will have their intended effect and reduce or minimize the risk of transmission in the school environment."
Dr. Rubin also encouraged parents and students to continue following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention promoted safeguards, such as:
- Staying home when you are sick
- Washing hands often for at least 20 seconds
- Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues
- Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils
- Practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart)
- Wearing a face covering while in school
- Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms
"As always, we appreciate your support and cooperation," said Dr. Rubin. "Moving forward, you can assist us by remaining vigilant but sensible in your approach to dealing with this health concern. Thank you for your ongoing patience and flexibility as we continue to make our way through this school year. I will continue to keep you informed to the greatest extent possible."