Manasquan HS Fully Remote Learning 10/8 - 10/19 Due to Positive COVID-19 Cases
October 7, 2020
To the Manasquan School Community:
This message is to inform you that the District was notified that a student in Manasquan High School has received a positive COVID-19 test result. This is the third notification of a high school student this week with a positive test for COVID-19. It is important to emphasize that we have no information that these cases are related in any way. In fact, the available information indicates that all these students were infected from separate sources outside of school.
Nevertheless, in consultation with the Monmouth County Health Department, we feel the most appropriate and safest course of action is to close Manasquan High School only for in-person instruction and transition to fully remote learning for a period of 14 days.
This remote only learning period will begin tomorrow, October 8 and run through Monday, October 19 with an anticipated re-opening on Tuesday, October 20.
This affects Manasquan High School only. Manasquan Elementary School will operate normally for in-person instruction as scheduled.
We are currently investigating the need to suspend other school extracurricular activities, however, as of this writing, outdoor athletic activities including practices and games will continue as scheduled during the remote learning period unless you are otherwise notified.
Due to the indoor nature of standardized testing, the previously scheduled ACT tests being held this Saturday are cancelled. PSATs that were scheduled for high school juniors in school on October 14 are also cancelled.
During this remote learning period, the high school building itself will be open if students need to retrieve materials, access technical support, etc. Teachers and other educational support personnel may choose to work from home or work at school. Administrators, support/clerical staff, and custodial staff must still report to work.
While confidentiality restrictions prevent us from sharing additional details, upon notification of the positive test result, the District, along with the Monmouth County Health Department, immediately engaged in contract tracing to determine if the student had close contact with any other individuals here at school. (Close contact is defined by the Dept. of Health as being within 6 feet of another person for 10 minutes or more.) Several close contacts of the infected individual who are students of the District have been notified. These students who were identified have been contacted and are now quarantined at home in accordance with Health Department Protocols.
Please cooperate if you are to receive a call from the Monmouth County Health Department contact tracing team.
Yours in education,
Frank Kasyan, Ed.D.