NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — Superintendent Damion Macioci issued a statement this afternoon that effective Monday, October 12 through Friday, October 16 the West Essex Regional School District will return to the district’s Distance Learning Plan. Three individuals at West Essex High School have tested positive for COVID-19.  

The district is coordinating with public health officials and following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines in addition to complying with state and local health department guidelines.  Macioci indicated that the short-term closure will provide time for local health officials “to gain a better understanding of the COVID-19 situation impacting the school and perform contact tracing.”

Additionally, all in-person extra-curricular activities and athletics will be postponed immediately through Sunday, October 18. 

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West Essex Regional High School had been scheduled to play football Saturday against Nutley, which had already been cancelled earlier today in an announcement by both districts

Macioci stated: “Based on preliminary information, it seems these cases are linked through exposure outside the school setting; however, several families, students, and staff members may be required to quarantine due to possible exposure.  The status of this situation is fluid, and we will continue to monitor it closely.”  More information will be forthcoming from the district as it becomes available and building principals will be sending out schedules for the Distance Learning plan shortly.

Following a hybrid model, and dividing the students into three cohorts, students had returned to the buildings for the first time since March this past Monday, October 5. Throughout the planning phases of the hybrid and remote learning plans, administration had prepared to pivot back to full remote plans if and when it became necessary.