Notification of Positive COVID-19 Test Result
November 18, 2020
To the Manasquan School Community:
This message is to inform you that due to the several COVID-19 cases reported of high school students and staff members in recent days, Manasquan High School will close for in-person instruction and transition to fully remote learning beginning tomorrow, Thursday, November 19, and continue through the Thanksgiving Holiday.
This decision was made in consultation with the Monmouth County Health Department and we feel it is the most appropriate and safest course of action at this time. This temporary closure also aligns with the teacher conference early dismissal days next week and the Thanksgiving holiday such that we are maximizing our period of quarantine while minimizing our loss of in-person instructional time.
Today we are also reporting an additional positive test result of a student who does not attend Manasquan High School but was present in an MHS extracurricular activity on Saturday, November 14. As with all new reported cases, we have initiated the contact tracing process and already notified any close contacts.
It is important to emphasize that we have no information that these cases we have recently reported are related in any way. In fact, the available information indicates that all these students were infected from separate sources outside of school.
This remote only learning period for the high school will begin tomorrow, November 19 and run through Wednesday, November 25 with an anticipated re-opening after the Thanksgiving holiday on Monday, November 30.
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.
During this remote learning period, the high school building itself will be open if students need to retrieve materials, access technical support, etc.
Please understand this was a difficult decision to make. I believe wholeheartedly that our students are best served being in school with their teachers. I must, however, balance that against maintaining the health and safety of our students and staff.
Yours in education,
Frank Kasyan, Ed.D.