Dear Watchung Hills Regional High School Community,
I am writing this afternoon to provide you with an update based on information received today about a member of our football program testing positive for COVID-19. The infected individual is currently self-isolating. In consultation with the local health department, we have reached out to all exposed individuals, and they will be following quarantine guidelines. I regret to inform you that our football season is suspended until October 10, 2020.
Similar to our prior cases, no incidents of close contact occurred within the school building nor during the school day as this student was not attending classes in-person during the infectious period. However, possible incidents of close contact with teammates and coaches during athletic practices may have occurred. As indicated above, all potential close contacts have already been identified and contacted.
While I know stopping football for two weeks is not what any of us wanted, I am writing to remind you that the young man who tested positive is a member of our school community, and, for some of you, your teammate. Now, we have an opportunity to show him, our other student-athletes, and our coaches what sportsmanship means, and how best to demonstrate the characteristics of a Warrior. I ask for your continued compassion for those most closely affected by the pandemic, including members of our school community who become infected with COVID-19 or whose families have been impacted by the virus.
The interruption to our football season is yet another opportunity for us to display our resilience and comradery as a school community through a challenging time. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Health Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth C. Jewett, Ph.D.