Notification of Positive COVID-19 Test Result
October 26, 2020
To the Manasquan School Community:
This message is to inform you that the District was notified that a Manasquan High School student has received a positive COVID-19 test result. The newly identified student was last in our building on Thursday, October 22 and last at an outdoor extracurricular activity on Saturday, October 24. We are providing this notification consistent with our Restart and Recovery Plan.
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 were identified and have already been contacted and are now quarantined in accordance with Health Department Protocols.
According to our restart and recovery plan, you will be notified of any positive COVID-19 cases for staff or students that occur as we move forward. Please be aware, our plan was designed anticipating that cases would sporadically arise and that, when they do, the number of school community members affected and the impact on the District is minimized. Our restart protocols, implemented in both schools, that include the wearing of masks and social distancing, minimize the risks of the spread of the virus in our schools which is evident in this case given the lack of close contacts from school.
We encourage parents and students to please continue following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention promoted safeguards, including:
- Staying home when you are sick;
- Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
- Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
- Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils;
- Practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart);
- Wearing a face covering while in school; and
- Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms.
Yours in education,
Frank Kasyan, Ed.D.