SUMMIT, NJ - Stating that the Summit Public School District recognizes that the threat posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) could lead to "an unprecedented situation which may call for additional collaboration and compliance with directives from local and state agencies," Summit Superintendent of Schools June Chang -- in a letter to the Summit Public Schools community -- shared the "current status of Summit Public Schools, as well as the next steps the district is taking to ensure the safety of our students and staff."

Noting up front that "the well-being and health of our students and staff are always a top priority for the Summit School District," Chang outlined District protocols by stating:

"While there are no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in Summit, we have policies in place to guide the district through these types of circumstances. District Policy 8451 - Control of Communicable Disease outlines clear procedures and steps that we follow in any infectious situation. District Policy 8451 further requires that we comply with all regulations of the New Jersey Department of Health and the Summit and Union County Board of Health offices governing the prevention, control, and reporting of communicable disease.

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As for next steps, we are ready to receive and implement guidance from the CDC, World Health Organization, as well as state and local health departments. We will also comply with the guidance provided by the New Jersey Department of Education, should it advise that we need to modify the delivery of our instructional programming. We will continue to be in contact with local and state health departments, and once we have further guidance, we will send it out through the Honeywell system and our district website."

Chang also noted that, "Our school nurses monitor student and staff absences daily and report any flu-like symptoms to the health department. Staff members and families are reminded to take precautions and practice proper respiratory hygiene. If you don’t feel well, please seek out your healthcare provider. As situations evolve, we are prepared to comply with the directions from the state and local health agencies and make any adjustments, if needed."

First diagnosed in Wuhan China, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected in excess of 80,000 people in more than 45 countries and is responsible for at least 2,800 deaths worldwide. The World Health Organization has listed the basic preventative measures people can take to protect themselves from the virus.