SUMMIT, NJ - In a letter to the 'Summit Public Schools Community' obtained by TAPinto Summit, Superintendent of Schools Scott Hough and Jefferson Elementary School Principal Dr. Joseph Cordero disclosed that an individual* at Jefferson has tested positive for COVID-19 -- the fifth known person in the Summit Public Schools to contract the virus.

Previously, three Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School students and one Brayton Elementary School student had tested positive.

The letter states, "After a thorough investigation, officials from the Department of Health say no close contacts at school were established in this case. We learned that this individual has been under quarantine after being identified as a close contact to an outside positive case. While under quarantine, the individual tested positive for COVID-19. Health officials did not recommend closing any classrooms, programs, or schools."

*Editor's Note: The article has been corrected to reflect that the individual that has tested positive is not a student, as the initial article and headline stated.