SUMMIT, NJ - Superintendent of Schools Scott Hough, Jefferson Primary Center Principal Evan Kozak and Brayton Elementary School Principal Dr. Cheryl Moretz, in an October 27 letter sent to the "Summit Public Schools Community' and subsequently obtained by TAPinto Summit, have disclosed that an individual at each school has tested positive for COVID-19.

The "individuals" are the 14th and 15th in the Summit Public Schools to test positive for the virus.

The letter states, "Potential close contacts to both of these cases at the schools have been identified by the Department of Health. If you have not been contacted, you have not been identified by the Department of Health as a potential close contact to either of these cases. The Department of Health did not recommend closing either school.

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Based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s new definition of a close contact, it has become more difficult for the Department of Health to specifically identify or exclude potential close contacts in a school setting. Therefore, the Department of Health will be recommending more individuals to quarantine out of an abundance of caution. We will continue to follow the recommendations from the Department of Health regarding individual quarantines and school closures.

While our schools remain open, if we continue on this trajectory, we may have to close a school building or multiple buildings for 14 days. Although we have recently seen an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in our community, there is no evidence that any of these cases are related to in-school exposure. We have been doing incredibly well with maintaining a safe environment in our schools, but we will continue to keep health and safety a priority. If the Department of Health recommends us to close in any capacity, we will follow their guidance."