District Health Updates

District Health Updates
Posted on 11/25/2020
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DISTRICT HEALTH UPDATE
Nov. 25, 2020

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and move to a short-term fully remote learning environment (Nov. 30 – Dec. 9), we must report several new COVID cases. Please let this message serve as a reminder of the seriousness in which we must take this virus. We implore our school community to take precautions should you be contemplating gatherings outside your immediate family. As we track our data for quarantines and isolations, it is clear that there is a direct correlation to a spike in cases based upon gatherings connected to Halloween activities. We have no reason to believe that the same will not be true for Thanksgiving. Our ability to return to in-person instruction on Dec. 10, will be impacted by the decisions our school community makes over the next four days.

Today, the school district was notified of three additional positive COVID cases involving students.

-- On Monday, we reported that a High School North student had tested positive for COVID. Due to a gathering outside of school, five additional quarantines of HSN students (and siblings) have occurred from the case reported on Monday. Today, one of the quarantined North students linked to this gathering has also tested positive. 

-- In conjunction with this event, two siblings have now tested positive.  One student attends Village Elementary School and the other attends Community Middle School.  Both students were in quarantine so there is no additional contact tracing needed at Village Elementary School or Community Middle School.




DISTRICT HEALTH UPDATE
Nov. 23, 2020


Today, the school district was notified of five positive COVID cases involving two students and three staff members. All schools will continue to operate on our Hybrid 2 Week without interruption for the week of November 23rd.

  • A High School North student has tested positive for COVID.  While the student participates in hybrid instruction, the student has not been in school since Nov. 12. Contact tracing has occurred and there is no need for the quarantine of any additional students or staff members. 

  • A Grover Middle School teacher and a student have tested positive for COVID. It is important to note that these cases are not connected. The staff member has a virtual assignment. As there was no interaction in school for this staff member, there is no further action required by the school district. While the GMS student does participate in hybrid instruction, the student has not been present in school since Nov. 18, and no additional quarantine of students or staff is needed.

  • A Town Center Elementary School staff member has tested positive for COVID.  The staff member has not been present in school since Nov. 4. Contact tracing has occurred and there is no need for the quarantine of any additional students or staff members. 

  • A Millstone River Elementary School staff member has tested positive for COVID.  The staff member has not been present in school since Nov. 10. Contact tracing has occurred and there is no need for the quarantine of any additional students or staff members. 

As a reminder, on Thursday (Nov. 19, 2020), the NJ Department of Health updated their COVID-19 Activity Level ReportAs a result of recent statewide trends, five of the six state regions entered the “high risk” category. The report indicates that both Central East (which includes Middlesex County) and Central West (which includes Mercer County) are now in the “high risk” orange category.  In consultation with our local health departments and per state recommendations, we are now contact tracing and quarantining individuals reporting COVID-19 symptoms, and quarantining close contacts of symptomatic individuals. Close contacts of a symptomatic individual should be excluded through 14 days from the date of last contact, or until the symptomatic individual receives an alternate diagnosis or tests negative for COVID-19. As a result, we will see a higher level of quarantine reported.

Furthermore, our WW-P Schools have implemented health protocols as informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Jersey Department of Health. When implemented with fidelity, the protocols work to limit possible exposure and spread of COVID-19. There are several critical components to our protocols and they include:

  1. Completion of a Daily Health Screening form.

  2. Social distancing of at least six feet.

  3. Limited direct exposure within six (6) feet for more than fifteen (15) minutes during a (24) twenty-four hour period.

  4. Wearing of masks.

  5. Proper handwashing.

  6. Set-up of classrooms that limits contact between staff and students.

  7. High frequency cleaning.

  8. Practice good hand hygiene. Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer.

  9. Daily temperature checks.

  10. Hallways and restrooms are cleaned and disinfected daily.

  11. All classrooms, offices, and high touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected daily.

Below are some resources that might be helpful.

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Please continue to follow the health protocols that serve to keep your family and the families of West Windsor and Plainsboro safe.


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