WEST ORANGE, NJ — There have been three confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 reported among staff and students at Washington Elementary School, West Orange Schools Superintendent J. Scott Cascone announced on Thursday.

The three persons who tested positive had been present in the building. As a result, Cascone announced that Washington School would be shut down for 14 days pursuant to guidelines from the New Jersey Department of Health. The building will be sanitized, and the district anticipates the functions of the building will resume on Oct. 21.

"We were looking forward to welcoming back our preschool students in Ms. Kenny and Ms. Sinisi’s classes at Washington Elementary School on Monday, October 12. However, due to the current circumstances, students in both classes will remain virtual," Cascone said in a letter to district members. "Although, the building will be closed and not occupied by staff, the building administration and faculty will continue to deliver virtual instruction and be available to parents and students online and via email communication. Daily food service pick-ups will continue to be offered and will be available through a mobile distribution station in the parking lot, similar to that which occurred during the school closures last spring and over the course of the summer."