WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange School District Transportation Department will be shut down and be unable to offer any transportation services through Oct. 23 due to a quarantine timeline established by the news that two members of the department have tested positive for COVID-19.
According to a communication issued Monday by Superintendent of Schools J. Scott Cascone, "Another member of (the) department has been confirmed positive with COVID-19. This staff member was in the transportation facility, not driving, on Friday, October 9 prior to learning of the initial confirmed case. Present were 22 drivers and monitors as well as all office staff and the department leadership."
The superintendent stressed that no students were exposed to these cases and there is no need for any students to quarantine as a result of these cases.
"Classrooms remain safe for the commencement of on-site instruction this week," Cascone said. "We have corroborated this approach with the district Physician and the West Orange Department of Health today."
Cascone also revealed that a confirmed case on the West Orange High School boys JV soccer team has been brought to the district's attention. Contact tracing has been conducted and notifications to students and staff have been taking place over the course of Monday afternoon. How this case will impact the soccer program's schedule this week is yet to be determined.